Steve Nash Free Throw Shooting Drill

Summary

Do you want to shoot like the greatest free-throw shooter to ever play the game? Look no further than Steve Nash’s drill to improve free-throw shooting. Nash made over 90% of his free-throws by using this simple drill.

The UCONN men’s basketball team used this drill during their national championship run in the 2013-14 season. In four out of six tournament games, they shot over 90% from the line. Overall, for the tournament, they shot a staggering 88% from the line (101 out of 115)!

The goal of this drill is to prevent the “paralysis by analysis” problem most players get while shooting free-throws in a game. It conditions the mind to get into a consistent rhythm at the free-throw line.

Instructions

Steve Nash explains the drill in a few seconds. The shooter’s goal is to make as many free-throws as possible in a minute. There needs to be a rebounder to pass it back to the shooter.

Feel free to add any stipulations. For example, UCONN modified the drill to where the goal was to make 17 free-throws in a minute. If the goal was not complete, the shooter would run a sprint.





Recommended Resources

How to Improve Free Throw Shooting
2 Ways To Improve Free Throw Shooting During Games
Breakthrough Basketball’s Shooting Course



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Marcus says:
5/11/2014 at 1:55:57 AM

Guys, the drill is to make as many as you can in a minute. Literally the most self-explanatory thing ever. Get a rebounder, a stop-watch, and shoot.

Track your progress. Try to get better each time. Pretty simple.

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Ken Sartini says:
4/30/2014 at 8:12:02 AM

We had several kids that came in during the summer and shot a 1,000 free throws every morning. They were high 70 to mid 80% shooters during the season.

You know who had the ball in their hands late in the game.

Our drill was a little differerent... my asst. coach would feed the shooter a ball and after it was almost in he was passing him another one. They shot 10 at a time, took a breath and started over again

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JR says:
4/26/2014 at 7:08:54 AM

It doesn't hurt that his form is absolutely perfect! Form first!

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Coach Roberto says:
4/25/2014 at 5:49:06 PM

The drill is simple. Each player has to get on the line and try to make as many shots as possible in 1 minute. You must have a rebounder and additional balls would be helpful too, just incase there is a long rebound that gets away. You want to keep the shooter on the line shooting and not thinking about shooting. We heard about this drill early this year and inserted it into our practices for post graduate prep players. The results were amazing. We went from 68% to about 80% by the end of the season. Every free throw counts but during the final moments of a close game, they are even more important. We punished teams for putting us on the line during crunch time. This is a great drill that gets great results.

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Coach Ennis says:
4/25/2014 at 5:07:49 PM

The shooter’s goal is to make as many free-throws as possible in a minute. There needs to be a rebounder to pass it back to the shooter.

Feel free to add any stipulations. For example, UCONN modified the drill to where the goal was to make 17 free-throws in a minute. If the goal was not complete, the shooter would run a sprint.

#PracticeMakesBetter

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Robert says:
4/25/2014 at 2:59:04 PM

Just the video, where is the drill? Please repost.

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Damon says:
4/25/2014 at 2:51:51 PM

Where is the drill???

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TC says:
4/25/2014 at 2:43:09 PM

Yes, agree Paul-if only could teach that invincible attitude-much comes from practice.

BTW: they should update this as Ibeatyou.com is long gone and acquired by photobucket.com

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Paul says:
4/25/2014 at 1:42:58 PM

I love Nash's attitude. The best competitors always seem to have a high invincibility quotient, which probably serves well at the line. Now show me how to get THAT instilled in my boys!

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Mike says:
4/25/2014 at 1:00:45 PM

Where is the explanation? I only see Nash shooting. Thanks.

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