They will all tell you that confidence can be the difference between an AVERAGE shooter and a GREAT shooter. Confidence will greatly improve your shooting percentage!
So how do you develop supreme and unwavering shooting confidence?
Here are three few extremely effective techniques:
1 - GROOVING
Before every practice and game, face the basket and shoot 50 EASY shots about four to ten feet from the basket.
Not only does this improve your shooting form, but it helps to develop phenomenal confidence.
You'll quickly become very good at grooving these shots over and over. You'll see the ball going in the basket over and over. You'll swish the ball repeatedly and probably shoot 60%, 70%, 80%, or more, which is great for your psyche.
Simply by seeing your shot go in over an over, you'll become more confident.
Why do you think that NBA players do this before games?
Why do you think that Tiger Woods starts all of his practice sessions by making 100 three-foot putts?
Because it works! So don't overlook this powerful strategy.
2 - CHARTING
This is another technique that you should NOT overlook!
Lots of coaches talk about it, but we give credit to Dave Hopla for helping us realize the power of charting. He has been preaching it for years.
To improve your confidence, start charting all of the shots that you take in practice. It's easy to do and you'll be absolutely amazed at how much it helps.
After every practice session, keep track of what kinds of shots you took, the number of shots taken and the number of shots that you actually made.
Why does this help?
It seems so trivial, but the greatest shooters in the world have discovered this secret and will all tell you the same answer.
Their chart continually reminds them of how great they are. They can see on paper that they shot 65% for all of their 10 foot jumpers. They can see that they shot 90% for free throws.
Then what happens?
You start believing both at a conscious and deep subconscious level that you're an awesome shooter!
And you have the proof right there on paper. It shows you that you've made thousands of shots. And you won't soon forget how to shoot because you've done this thousands of times and you can knock 'em down!
Take our advice. Start charting your shots, especially the shots that you groove.
The chart doesn't need to be complicated. It just needs to make sense to you and be easy for you to carry around, like a notebook, journal, or a binder.
Here's a simple example of a shooting chart, but you should come up with one that makes sense to you:
3 - PRACTICE
This alludes to an obvious technique to improve your confidence...
We all know that practice improves confidence.
If you're reluctant to shoot, not confident, and hesitant, then you're probably going to miss. Even though confidence is the mark of a great shooter, you can't invent confidence out of thin air. It has to be based on some evidence and experience.
This comes from practice. You will be able to relax and shoot with a confidence that has been earned.
No tricks or tactics here. You just need to get it done. For a little motivation, you might want to recruit a good partner. You can also set goals. Do whatever it takes. A high school player should be taking around 500 shots a day and charting them all.
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