How to Develop Supreme Basketball Shooting Confidence (Required to Become a Great Shooter)

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Just ask any shooting coach or expert about the importance of confidence...

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:


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.


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:

DateShot TypeAttemptsMakesPercentage
3/21/2008Form shooting504080%
3/21/20086' grooves503876%
3/21/200812' catch & shoot1006262%
3/21/2008Free throws10880%


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.

We suggest that you implement all of the techniques above. You should groove your shots every day, chart your shots, and practice ALL the time.

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Basketball Rebounding / Return Device

Basketball Shooting Camps

Basketball Shooting Workouts


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DG says:
2/3/2015 at 10:27:09 PM

You are so stuckup


Emily says:
12/11/2014 at 6:36:04 PM

So I'm a freshman in high school and after volleyball season everyone wanted me to play basketball and I heard it was fun so I signed up though I don't know any of the rules then when I signed up and the coach was teaching us the rules and what to do and stuff I never pick up as fast as the others so it's takes me awhile to really know what do and I suck and I know what most stuff is now its just that when I get on defense or offense I never know what to do because I know what they are and I know that you block the opposite team and attempt to steal the ball and shoot and etc but it's just right when I get there I get so confused on everything idk why cause I know what to do I just get afraid I'll do something wrong like I usually do anyways I know it doesn't matter and everyone makes mistakes and I usually get over it but I always feel hopeless and basketball is fun and all its just that I suck, don't have much experience or confidence cause some of the people don't like me and I always feel pressured by the coach although she says no pressure what do I do ? Please help And sorry this is long sometimes I'm just bad at explaining stuff and I'm confused

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Jeff says:
12/12/2014 at 8:31:07 AM

Just play, have fun, and continue learning. That's all you can do. As a new player, it's normal for you to be confused and not understand things. Just keep playing, listening, and learning. It takes time.

You can also do research on your own to speed up your learning. Research the rules on the internet. If you coaches talks about something that you don't understand, ask him or her and then go google it that evening.

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KristinMJ says:
1/21/2015 at 6:29:36 PM

I have an alike problem as Emily. I'm in sixth grade and I'm 12 yrs old. I love playing basketball but have never played on a team. I wasn't able to Play this yr. I am confused when my friends talk about basketball things and am too shy to ask. HELP

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Joe Haefner says:
1/23/2015 at 8:54:38 AM

What are you confused about?

You can use our search box to look up anything you might want clarification on.


john simone says:
10/30/2014 at 9:47:20 PM

it helping to improve my basketball moves


Ken Sartini says:
6/21/2014 at 1:20:06 PM

Adam -

Its not just any ONE thing, but being COACHABLE has to be on top of the list for me.

Talent certainly doesn't hurt, having some leadership skills helps but all you have to do is list all the things that players need to play the game also. BUT, IF they aren't coachable.... you are going to have a hard time.


Adam says:
6/20/2014 at 8:24:33 PM

What' is something that makes a coach say"I want this kid on my team?


connor says:
3/17/2014 at 9:20:36 PM

Thanks, breakthrough basketball has really helped me. Your tips and strategies has helped me along the way. I plan to pursue basketball as a career and this website has helped me a bunch thank you, again.


Ken Sartini says:
1/24/2014 at 9:21:54 AM

Alex -

There is no easy answer to this... but it seems like you are worried about making mistakes... the game is made up of mistakes.

A wise coach once said, "IF you don't want to make any mistakes, don't play! " ( Don Kelbick )

Think about baseball players making millions of dollars... they hit .270 - .300 or in that area. That means they are failing aroun 70% of the time. So relax, have some fun, its a game.

Gym or park ball is a lot different than playing organized ball, you have to play within a system.

Start off by playing GREAT defense, rebounding, diving on loose balls, taking charges. As for offense, work on your ball handling and passing... then at school, don't try to do anything fancy, just stay with the basics... as for shooting, don't force your shots, take the ones that come to you.

So, again, RELAX... have some FUN and learn the game. When you get a chance, try to go to some camps to help you with your game. Lastly, sit down with your coach and ask him what he thinks you should do to get better.

Good luck

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Alex says:
1/23/2014 at 9:42:47 PM

Hello, I''''m Alex Granados. I love the game of basketball and its all I do. I''''m currently playing for my Highschool FHS. I rarely start and I play B. I hustle, try to play smart, and provide for my team but sometimes it doesn''''t work out. I''''m here today asking for some advice, tips, or anything to help me. I want to play college ball, its my dream. I am 15 years old and a freshmen. I need to prove myself to the coaching staff to show I have what it takes. the thing I''''m struggling with is confidence in my abilities. I play different at school then I do at the gym... I don''''t know if its because I cant handle pressure or what because I feel calm most of the time when I play..


isaac says:
12/5/2013 at 10:26:05 AM

yes we need this but try many ways to help


steve says:
11/26/2013 at 5:16:27 PM

thank you this works


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