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2 Quick Tips To Drastically Improve Your Shooting Percentage

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Follow These Steps To Drastically Increase Your Shooting Percentage.

Struggling to keep your shooting percentage at an acceptable level or not able to raise it higher no matter how much practice you put in?  You are likely experiencing inconsistencies in parts of your shooting technique.  When it comes to shooting the basketball, consistency is crucial in all parts of your shot form.  However, there are 2 key techniques that have greater impact than others, and even may be able to help you become the most improved player on your team.

Square Your Body To The Rim

Many players practice shooting hundreds of shots a day to get better and sadly a lot of young players are practicing with poor shooting alignment. Having your body square to the rim simply means your entire body is facing the rim from your feet to your shoulders.  From the beginning to the end of your shot, your body needs to remain facing the rim.  The benefit of this is that it removes unnecessary movement in your body during the shot.  When you begin to twist your upper or lower body when shooting, you are adding in movements that make it impossible to replicate consistently and therefore it becomes EXTREMELY difficult to practice and get better no matter the number of reps you put in.

When practicing your alignment be sure to carry it through to every shot you take.  Whether it be a perfect free throw or a jumpshot coming off of a screen, your first and last thought should be “was I lined up properly all the way through my shooting action?”

Get Your Elbow To Eye Level

A great way to increase your shooting percentage is to fine tune your follow through when shooting. It’s very common to see players shooting with otherwise good shooting form except when it comes to the release of the basketball.  At the end of every shot you push the ball up towards the basket and flick the wrist to get the desired backspin on the ball. BUT if your elbow doesn’t make it above the level of your nose it’s an easy indicator that your shots will be flat and likely rim out a good percentage of the time.  The simple fix of getting your elbow high enough, so that its even with your eyes at the end of your shot will help in a variety of ways. First, you will naturally increase the arc of your shot which is very important so that the ball has an opportunity to drop more vertically into the basket rather than coming in at a narrow angle.  Second, you will begin to use the correct set of muscles for shooting(shoulder) the ball up, rather than your chest muscles to push the ball forward.  Third, you will find it easier to shoot over taller defenders and players looking to defend you.  You may not even notice, but these small changes will create a profound improvement in your shooting form and shot percentage.

By implementing these 2 simple techniques you can increase your overall percentage as much as 20-30 percent.  A good way to self-test yourself is to use these tips while you try our top 4 shooting drills from 2016!  Getting lots of reps with these 2 concepts done correctly is what creates good shooting habits.  And with your hard work and attention to detail there is nothing that can stop you from becoming a knock down shooter for your team.

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How To Earn More Playing Time On The Basketball Court

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Be A Key Player

Earn the playing time you deserve!

By The Morris Basketball Program

In the game of basketball, there are key players, role players, utility players, STAR players, and practice players.  Although each and every player must serve a different role on their respective team, these roles do not have to be permanent.  Early on in your career, you may find yourself in any one of these categories (obviously you would be happier being a STAR/key player rather than a role/practice player).  The beautiful thing about this game is that year after year, situations can change and you can find yourself either in a better role or quite possibly in a weaker role.  Even if you are waiting for your chance next season, there are things you can do at the end of your current season to put yourself in a better position for next year.  There are many different factors that can influence your role on your team.  One of the main things that help you transition UP the ladder is realizing that there are some things you may not be able to control in your situation with your team (don’t worry about these), but there are MANY things you CAN control that can affect your value as a player.  My personal advice to all players (especially the younger players) is to not worry about your current situation, and continue working and practicing for the role you want NEXT season.  ALOT CAN HAPPEN IN ONE YEAR/SEASON.  TRUST ME.

I have known players that have gone unnoticed for years finally reach their potential and get that college scholarship everyone desires so much, some even making it to a professional level.  On the other hand, I also personally know some players that were dubbed “the next best thing” that never panned out throughout high school or college, and were a huge disappointment based on the hype they received as a youth, and now are only legends at the park during the summer.

Below are several tips I have learned throughout the years that can IMMEDIATELY get you more attention as a player and eventually gain the respect of both your coach and teammates on your way to earning significant amounts of playing time.

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5 Steps To A Perfect Free Throw

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How To Become The Best Free Throw Shooter On Your Team!

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All basketball players have lived this moment in their heads at some point in their career- down 1, 1 second left, with two free throws to seal the game for your team.  You step to the line, ice flowing through your veins, and drill the first shot like you could have done it with your eyes closed.  The crowd goes crazy.  You step back to the line, poised as ever, ignoring the screaming haters, not even noticing your family and friends in the stands.  You take that deep breath you take before you know you are going to become a hero, bend your knees, hold your follow through, and watch as the ball flows softly through the net to seal the win for your team.  Everyone goes wild and carries you off the court to go celebrate!

If only it were that easy.  Unfortunately, sealing the deal at the free throw line not only takes impeccable mechanics, but mental toughness, discipline, and a lot of tunnel vision.  Here are 5 easy steps to increasing your free throw percentage:

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