Short-Long Shooting Drill

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Short-Long is a great shooting drill that improves your ability to shoot the basketball. Not to mention, it can be used as a great warm up drill as well.

  • You get a high number of shooting repetitions in a short amount of time.
  • You enhance your ability to step into your shot and shoot.
  • You develop a quicker release.
  • And it's a great conditioner.

This has been a staple of my shooting workouts ever since Don Kelbick introduced it. His NBA and pro guys will routinely shoot as many as 140 just as a warm up!!

Check out the video, diagrams, and progressions below....

Player starts a couple of steps behind the 3-point line. Player runs in to shoot from 7 to 10 feet (Short).

After the shot, player backpedals to starting position, changes direction and runs into next shot from 15 to 20 feet (Long.)

This continues for 10 shots. Player performs drill from 3 to 7 different spots.

You can also use variations such as:
- 20 shots per spot.
- 10 makes from each spot.
- 5 in a row from each spot.

Points of Emphasis

  • Give the passer a target - Ten fingers to the ceiling.
  • Be ready to shoot - Step into your shot as the pass is being thrown, not after you catch the ball.
  • Legs loaded - Have your legs loaded and bent as the pass is coming.
  • Sprint into shots to develop game-like feel.

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What do you think? Let us know by leaving your comments, suggestions, and questions...


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mr ed says:
8/27/2014 at 4:16:30 PM

I love the Koolaid inbound play and can not wait to try it!!!


Joe Haefner says:
8/14/2014 at 11:13:13 AM

James, for the back-pedal running, I see your point and don't disagree. Back-pedaling is not a common movement in basketball. Turn and run is a lot more efficient.

However, it also depends on your purpose as well. I always include back-pedaling in warm ups. Back-pedaling is advised to prevent muscle imbalances and injury prevention.

I like your hand target recommendation.


James says:
8/14/2014 at 9:47:45 AM

Two things:

- I feel there's a bit too much back-pedal running in the drill. The amount of this type of movement in the game should really be minimal, the odd occasion like Ray Allen in Game 6 vs Heat in 2013. Turn and sprint is the quickest and most efficient movement pattern in situations where players too often will back-pedal (in my view).

- For target hands, I give shooting hand palm forward (fingers to the roof) and receiving hand fingers forward at the ball. This way when the ball hits the hands are already in the shooting position, no adjustment (well, not as often anyway). Palm forward, fingers forward.

What do others think?


Coachsteve says:
9/22/2012 at 6:43:58 PM

This drill works well for our Kool-aid play lol It's a out bounds play where if we're taking the ball out of bounds under our basket all 4 players go to the half court line facing the basket when the ref hands the ball to the inbounder everyone runs towards the baseline with a catch and shoot mission everyone else rebound and put the miss shot back up if it's missed lol. Works well


Steve says:
9/13/2012 at 1:29:52 PM

This is a great tool to use.


Coach Mac says:
9/13/2012 at 11:00:37 AM

Good Drill. I have run similar drill where I make players shoot 5 key spots (Corners, Wings and Top) and backpedal to half court. This is good drill when you do not have a lot of space. Never too old to try something new. Thanks


John F says:
9/13/2012 at 3:34:32 AM

Good drill. Note, all the passes in video are air, chest to almost shooter's pocket from in front of rim; essential. Add the bounce pass, and, I think, you add a degree of difficulty, because the eyes of shooter drop just a bit to effect the catch. Add a passer from side, both left and right, and you add a degree of difficulty with the pivot to set; too, you add a catch to pocket problem.

Note, if practicing alone, you can simulate bounce pass/catch with flip pass low---and air pass with flip pass higher; rebounding and dribble out become part of conditioning, as well as skills added.

Finally, add one dribble, then shot fake one dribble/shoot. Etc. Etc.


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