HOW TO: 2-HAND FORM SHOOT IN BASKETBALL

By: Brendan Winters

Shooting is perhaps the most important skill in basketball. Typically, especially at the youth level, if you can shoot, you will play. Of course, as you move up levels, many other skills come into play such as ball handling, passing, basketball IQ, defense, athleticism, etc., but ALL teams, regardless of level, need shooters!

When I was growing up, I always got a certain amount of playing time simply because I could shoot. I was rarely the most athletic or strongest or best ball handler. I played mainly because I could shoot, and I worked unbelievably hard to become a great shooter. However, my shooting form, I believe, was very inefficient. I was taught to shoot the ball extremely high over my head and pretty much jumped as high as I could every time I shot the ball. I never teach kids to shoot that way today because it’s too difficult and inefficient. Take a look at how I shot the ballhere – it went in usually, but I know I spent way more hours than I would have had I had better form! I think Steph Curry has pretty much the perfect shot – check out Sports Science break it all down here! Although players can, like me, become good shooters with imperfect or inefficient form, I wouldn’t recommend it. It takes many, many more hours of practice than players with simple, proper form. Because of this, we came up with a much simpler shooting formula, and it all starts with 1-hand and 2-hand form shooting!

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HOW TO: 1-HAND FORM SHOOT A BASKETBALL

By: Brendan Winters

Form shooting is incredibly important for all players if they want to become (and stay) good shooters. I did this all the way from the time I was young until the time I retired from playing professionally overseas. It served as a great warm up for my body and mind before workouts, practices, and games as well as a way to make sure the fundamentals of my shot remained correct. Form shooting to me is probably the most important thing young players trying to become great shooters can do. In fact, there’s a story that when Stephen Curry was changing his shot in high school, his father, Dell, wouldn’t let him shoot outside of the paint for 3 weeks as he wanted him to focus on his form at spots in close to the rim.

There are many different ways that shooting is taught, and the following is sort of a mash up of many of the things my dad (former NBA player and coach) taught me as well as some of the other techniques, hints, sayings, etc. that I’ve learned myself or have heard from other coaches over the course of my playing and coaching career. There is no one right way, but I’m confident in the below technique as I used it in my career as well as over the last few years coaching/training with great results for many players.

There are two basic ways to form shoot: 1-hand and 2-hand. Both are equally as important, but today I’ll start with how to 1-hand form shoot a basketball in 4 simple yet detailed steps.

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