Shooting Tips – Finger Placement & Analysis Paralysis

By Don Kelbick

Question:

Position of the shooting hand before releasing: Is the middle and/or index finger in the middle of the basketball?

Response

To be honest with you, I don’t know where those fingers are. All I want is for your hand to be behind the ball (as opposed to on the side) and in the same place every time. Again, it is a feel thing.

I do not get into the really picky little things, such as what direction your fingers face or making everyone put there hand in the same place. It will be different for different people. I think that the most damaging aspect of any skill, which coaches seem to add to, is “analysis paralysis.” That is a saying where you worry so much about the little things, you examine what you are doing so much that you paralyze yourself and can’t perform the skill at all. I prefer to remain focused on the big picture.

If adjustments need to be made, make them generally. For example, I will say, “put your hand under the ball,” instead of “put your hand here.” I want players to shoot the basketball without thinking of anything. The more minute you get with technique, the more they think about and the less effective they become.

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This is the Time to Improve Basketball Shooting Percentage!

By Jeff Haefner

We believe that all coaches should proactively FIX and take time to IMPROVE their players shooting stroke after the season is over.

Why is this so important and why should you do this after the season?

For starters, I guarantee that you have at least a couple players on your team that have detrimental shooting flaws.  And if you don’t fix their shot, those players will NEVER reach their full potential!

These players NEED your help!

The perfect time to begin fixing those flaws is during the off-season.  It’s just way too difficult to change bad habits and fix shooting technique during the regular season.  It’s too frustrating for the player because when they make changes, their shot will get worse before it gets better.  And I’ve never met a player that wants to make their shot even worse during the season.  It’s demoralizing.

That’s why the changes MUST happen in the off season.

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As you all know, we only give recommendations and reminders that we truly believe in.  And even though this email is self serving, we truly believe this is an important reminder for you.  Not enough coaches proactively help their players improve shooting and break habits in the off season.  It’s the right thing to do and really the only good way to do it.

We wish you all the best of success and please let us know if there is any way we can help you.