Unorthodox Shooting Drill That Improves Decision-Making

By Joe Haefner

Unorthodox Shooting Drill That Improves Decision-Making

Here is an “unorthodox” shooting drill from Basketball Decision Training Camp Director Chris Oliver. The person under the basket gives a cue to the offensive player. After each cue, the shooter…

This improves all shooters (especially catapulters)

By Joe Haefner

This improves all shooters (especially catapulters)

The video below has a little tip that will fix “excessive” catapulters. Utilizing this tip will also improve rhythm, height of the release point, shooting arc, shooting range, and…

The “Rocker” Shooting Drills For Guard

By Joe Haefner

The “Rocker” Shooting Drills For Guard

Here are three shooting drill progressions that Jim Huber and other instructors teach at the…

New Aggies BLOB Play – For Your Best Shooter With Posts Options As Well

By Joe Haefner

New Aggies BLOB Play – For Your Best Shooter With Posts Options As Well

This is an inbounds play that Texas A&M has used this season to get their 2-guard a three-point look, coming off a double-stagger screen. This play also gives the passer the option of throwing the ball inside if 2 is not open…

Speed Up Your Release and Improve Accuracy with the “One Motion Shooting” Technique

By Joe Haefner

Speed Up Your Release and Improve Accuracy with the “One Motion Shooting” Technique

One Motion Shooting is a technique that we really like because… It’s very simple to teach and learn. It’s very quick and efficient. It’s effective and can be used by any player (whether you’re an elite athlete or you struggle to touch the net).

The Overlooked Importance Of Arm & Wrist Angles & How They Affect the Shooting Process

By Joe Haefner

The Overlooked Importance Of Arm & Wrist Angles & How They Affect the Shooting Process

When it comes to shooting a basketball, arm & wrist angles are more important than you might think! More than likely you’ve never given this topic much thought. In fact, arm & wrist angles determine the following…

Three Components Of A Quick Release

By Joe Haefner

Three Components Of A Quick Release

Does having a quick release really matter? Ask any defender and their response to that question is a resounding YES! Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and…

How To Develop Into A Great Shooter – 6 Shooting Drills To Do At Every Workout

By Joe Haefner

How To Develop Into A Great Shooter – 6 Shooting Drills To Do At Every Workout

Ray Allen, Steph Curry, and all great shooters have routines. I believe the following shooting routine will help you develop into a great shooter or make you an even better shooter. It…

One Shooting Drill That Always Brings Focus and Intensity

By Joe Haefner

One Shooting Drill That Always Brings Focus and Intensity

This is one of my favorite competitive shooting drills…

How to Become a Better Shooter – Instantly

By Don Kelbick

I was watching television the other day and two media types were debating how good a shooter a particular player is. They were debating range, statistics and were comparing him to other players. Some interesting points came out. So interesting that I think all players should understand them.

What Is a Good Shooter?

Before you become a good shooter, you have to determine what a good shooter is. Is it someone who has perfect form? J. J. Redick of the Orlando Magic is a textbook shooter. He had a great career in college but can’t get off the bench in the NBA. Apparently, his textbook form did not make him a good enough shooter to get him on the court.

For my money, a good shooter is one who puts the ball in the basket. Is Shaquille O’Neal a good shooter? Based upon his shooting percentage, I would say that he is. How about LeBron James? He is a great scorer but only shoots 30% from beyond the 3-point line. However, his overall shooting percentage is 50%. I would say that Lebron is a good shooter.

I think that studying these 3 players will give you a key as to how to be a better shooter.

The Key

How can Shaq be a good shooter? He can’t make a basket beyond 10 feet. You are right. However, have you seen him take a shot from beyond 10 feet? I know I never have. Why should he when he can be more effective and make a big percentage of his shots inside 10 feet?

If LeBron shoots 50% from the floor while only shooting 30% from beyond the 3, what must his shooting percentage be from inside the 3?


The reason why both of these players can be called good shooters is because a majority of the shots they take are shots they can make. That is the key to being a good shooter.

I think a good shooter is one who puts the ball in the basket. I don’t care where it is shot from. If the shot doesn’t go in, it doesn’t count.

J. J. Redick is a pure shooter with great form who takes a majority of his shots from long range. If it doesn’t go in, it doesn’t count. The result is that Redick is a career 41% shooter.

Become a Better Shooter Today

All things being equal, meaning that you understand that you have to work on your shot every day. To truly become a good shooter you have to get in hundreds, possibly thousands, of repetitions to ingrain your fundamentals. You know that the more you practice, the more consistent you will be. But none of that matters unless you take shots that you can make.

Making a couple of long ones might make you feel good, they may make the fans ooh and aah, but you have to decide if you can make enough shots to be good at it? If not, take fewer. Take more shots that you can make.

If you want to be a better shooter over time, develop a workout program that will give you enough repetitions and enough work to make you consistent. Surely, that should be a part of every player’s routine. If you want to become a better shooter today, take only shots you can make.

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