Improve Your Shooting and Conditioning With The Hornacek Shooting Drill

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This is a drill given to me by Raja Bell, then of the Utah Jazz. He learned it from Jeff Hornacek, one of the best shooters in the history of the NBA. We used it when Raja was recovering from a knee injury and we had to get him ready to play.

It provides high repetitions, and when done properly, great conditioning in a very short period of time.

All sets are 10 shots. 2 sets are shot using that number of spots.



Starting with 7 spots, shooter starts in the right corner and runs from spot to spot and takes a shot from each spot. Player attempts 10 shots.

Shooter takes 2 foul shots.

Shooter then takes 1 shot from each spot, now starting from the left corner from the same spots. Player attempts 10 shots.

Shooter runs 2 sprints and then takes 2 foul shots.

Shooter repeats the process using 6 spots.

Shooter repeats the process using 5 spots.

Shooter repeats the process using 4 spots.

Shooter repeats the process using 3 spots.

When the drill is done, player has taken 100 shots, 20 foul shots and has run 10 sprints, in addition to running from spot to spot.


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mike says:
6/22/2018 at 7:16:55 PM

Are these estimates including the free throws? There are 100 3 point shots with conditioning, plus another 20 Free throws, 20 120- shots. If counting the 3s only, how is 60% average with sprinting? anyway, for high school players, these numbers seem so high....my point being if you have me 5 kids that hit 65-70 shots in this drill I would have a great team--likely one of the best.

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Djeudo Kiran says:
8/27/2014 at 6:33:04 PM

I try to do it when i am opportuned because i hardly have the court to myself.
And it''s of great help though i really don''t attain the 100 shots..

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Don Kelbick says:
12/4/2012 at 1:23:43 PM

I am sorry if there is confusion and if I was not clear.

There are 10 shots per set. Shoot 1 shot from the 1st spot, run to the 2nd spot and shoot 1 shot, run to the 3rd spot and shoot 1 shot.

In the 7 spot rotation there is 1 shot from each spot in this order: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,6,5,4.

In the 6 spot rotation there is 1 shot from each spot in this order: 1,2,3,4,5,6,5,4,3,2

In the 5 spot rotation there is 1 spot from each spot in this order: 1,2,3,4,5,5,4,3,2,1

In the 4 spot rotation there is 1 shot from each spot in this order: 1,2,3,4,3,2,1,2,3,4

In the 3 spot rotation there is 1 shot from each spot in this order: 1,2,3,2,1,2,3,2,1,2.

10 shots for each set with 5 sets = 50 shots.
2 rotations = 100 shot.

Running from spot to spot (especially with the lesser number of spots) provides great conditioning work. Taking fewer than 10 shots per set defeats the conditioning aspect.

When I work with Raja our goal is 70% for the jumpers. We have been as high as 84% and have never been below 70%.

Joe, I can re-write the article if you like.

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Mike says:
12/2/2012 at 12:38:29 AM

You can reach 100 shots and 20 free throws by forgetting the 10 shots/set and simply completing the progression from right to left and then from left to right, shooting once at each spot, then repeating the entire series a second time. As in Joe's comment, numbers reference each spot; here's how to get there:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 (14 shots) 2 FT

1 2 3 4 5 6 6 5 4 3 2 1 (12 shots) 2 FT

1 2 3 4 5 5 4 3 2 1 (10 shots) 2 FT

1 2 3 4 4 3 2 1 (8 shots) 2 FT

1 2 3 3 2 1 (6 shots) 2 FT

14+12+10+8+6= 50 shots, 2x5=10 FT; Repeat and you've got 100 shots, 20 FT.

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Tammy says:
11/29/2012 at 10:49:03 AM

I would like to ask the same question. How would you best utilize this drill in practice during the season?

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Joe Haefner says:
11/29/2012 at 10:06:51 AM

Brian, I think it would depend on the amount of baskets available and the size of your team.

I would feel comfortable placing two groups at each basket and having them start in opposite corners. So that is 4 players per basket.

Or you could do 3 players per group use two basketballs per group. You could fit 6 players per basket that way.

Here is a 3-person, 2-ball shooting drill.

http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/drills/twoballshootingdrill.html

This drill could take up 20 to 40 minutes of practice, so you may want to modify it if time is a concern.

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Brian says:
11/28/2012 at 2:49:00 PM

How would you go about using this drill for a team of 10 - 12 players?

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Ken says:
11/28/2012 at 2:18:13 PM

Ben -

The drill will go a lot faster if someone is rebounding for you and feeding you...

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Ben says:
11/28/2012 at 1:34:31 PM

I assume the player is rebounding his own shots.

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Joe Haefner says:
11/28/2012 at 1:30:11 PM

Brandon, this is just my initial thought on what shooters should make.

Poor - Below 50
Average - 50 to 60
Good - 60 to 70
Great - 70 to 80
Best of the Best - 80+

Those numbers are assuming that conditioning is not a factor. You may have some good shooters that perform poorly due to being out of shape.

I have no idea what the most is.

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