Success Story #1: Mark (improve your shooting)

Of all the skills in basketball, shooting takes the longest time to develop.  You can improve your dribbling simply by taking a basketball everywhere you go.  You can learn how to pass better if you have better ball-handling skills because you will have better court vision.  Great shooters are made, not born.  So if you want to improve your shooting, read below, take notes, and get to work.

Case Study: Mark

He requested a private training class with me wanting to only focus on this shooting. We warmed up with a few shots and I didn't give him any feedback, just wanted to see him shot.  

As a coach, I wanted to not only analyze his form, but also, see if he shot the same way every time.  Here's a video clip of his shot and picture of his first shooting evaluation with Noah (analyzes shooting arc, depth, and consistency).  

For best results, the arc should be 45 degrees and the depth 11" (how far the ball enters the front of the rim). Mark shot at 47 degrees but his depth was only 2" due to a lack of power in his shot (not using his legs properly).  

He made 0/10 FT's on his evaluation.  I asked him what his goal was by the end of the hour.  He said 4/10.  We worked on his form shooting (using only his shooting hand) and taught him how to shoot the basketball the right way.  


Mark was extremely motivated to learn and open to feedback.  I was stunned to see how much he improved in his session.  

Here's his second shooting evaluation.  He made 8 out of 10 FT's!

You can see that he finishes his shot on his toes (unlike the first one where he's shooting flat footed), which gives him more power (depth increased from 2" to 8").  Even though his arc went from 47 to 49 degrees, his lowest shot was 44 degrees vs his original one was 41 degrees.  



Conclusion: Mark started shooting with his old form once the class was over.  I had to coach him on practicing his new form with every shot so he doesn't have any setbacks.  Changing your shot takes time and although there's no magical number of weeks/months to predict, it boils down to repetition (deliberate practice), visualization (speeds up the learning process), and confidence.  

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