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Recommended Basketball Shooting Aids, Resources, and DVD Reviews
What type of basketball shooting aids and resources do we recommend?
We'll start by pointing out some shooting aids that we DO NOT RECOMMEND.
We believe (and almost all the shooting experts that we talk to agree) that you should be weary of the numerous gimmicks and shooting aids like bands, sligns, finger straps, or similar gear for developing shooters.
When you get in the game you won't be able to use those devices. And some of the devices we have tested sound great in theory -- but provide little benefit when put into practice.
With that said, there are some very good shooting aids and resources that we highly recommend.
Below you will find our list of recommended shooting aids, DVDs, and devices.
Hand Marked Shooting Ball
Baden makes a basketball with the hand positions marked on the basketball. This helps when teaching young players where to place their hand on the basketball.
If you need help choosing the right size, check out our basketball size chart.
If you have problems with your guide hand moving or you thumb the ball with your non-shooting hand, I highly recommend the J-Strap.
The most common shooting problem we see is the guide hand moving and young players thumbing the ball. Those can be very difficult habits to break!
We have found the J-Strap makes it much easier to break those shooting habits because it keeps your guide hand still. We highly recommend the J-Strap for players that have trouble with their guide hand moving.
Some people swear by shooting gloves. Personally I do not use one when I train players. Maybe with time I'll come around and that will change.
However, if you feel like a shooting glove will help you, I recommend the J-Glove.
If I were to use a glove when training players, this is what I would use. Itís a well-designed product and you can get a complimentary DVD to go along with it. The DVD provides demonstrations of the J-Glove and explains how to use it. I highly recommend buying the DVD and the J-Glove as a package.
To help refine your shot, you can practice with an over-sized basketball. The larger basketball requires extra precision when shooting. Players find shooting with a regulation-size ball much easier after practicing with an over-sized ball.
NOTE: ONLY experienced players with great fundamentals should use oversized and heavy balls. Younger players still learning form should NOT use these devices. They, in fact, should use smaller basketballs.
Shooting camps can serve as a great opportunity for you to get some one on one time with shooting experts and coaches.
Basketball Rebounding and Retrieval SystemsWe HIGHLY recommend that you consider a basketball retrieval system because one of the most important keys to becoming a great shooter is to get LOTS OF REPETITIONS.
When you shoot around, how much time do you spend chasing the ball?
You spend at least 75% of your time chasing the ball and maybe 25% of your time shooting.
You can literally shoot twice as many shots with a good retrieval system.
These devices range from about $120 for simple ones with a netting component, to $4,500 for systems that have netting and a device that passes to shooters.
Here are the devices that we recommend:
Rapid Fire Rebounder
This is our #1 recommendation for players because it's very affordable yet highly effective. You'll notice other more sophisticated retrieval systems are very expensive (well over $1000). These systems are great for coaches that use them all the time. But they're just not practical for players that want a basketball rebounder.
The Rapid Fire Rebounder does a great job for the money. It's a simple device you can pick up for around $120. We highly recommend the Rapid Fire Rebounder for players that want something at home.
The Gun and Dr. Dish
The Gun and Dr. Dish are more advanced and more expensive basketball rebounding devices that coaches should consider for their school or club program.
We recommend that coaches consider these devices because they work wonders and can help you get in tons of shots. If your budget allows, the Gun and Dr. Dish will provide your players with a tool that allows them to get in a great shooting workout in far less time than they could any other way.
Basketball Shooting DVD ReviewsWe highly recommend that all serious basketball players and coaches utilize shooting DVDs. You just can't replace the value of a great video that shows you the exact mechanics and step-by-step details of a great shot.
Here are a few videos that we recommend:
We really like One Motion Shooting because...
- Itís very simple to teach and learn -- one motion is less complex than the traditional way players learn to shoot.
- Itís very quick and efficient.
- Itís effective and can be used by any player (whether youíre an elite athlete or you struggle to touch the net).
It's based on the premise that your shot should be "one fluid motion" from beginning to end. No hitches, pauses, or wasted movements.
One motion synchronizes body movements and energy flow. We suggest you consider and learn about the One Motion Shooting Technique.
The Swish shooting videos of Coach Tom Nordland provide comprehensive and strategically sequenced instruction for developing a shooting motion that is accurate, consistent, and repeatable.
The Swish Shooting DVD gives you an excellent explanation of proper shooting technique and demonstrates common mistakes that many shooters make. This is one of our favorite DVDs when it comes to shooting technique and fundamentals.
SummaryThose are the shooting products that we recommend. If you have questions or comments about any of these products, let us know.