Simple Trick to Evaluate Your Shooting Stroke and Quickly Improve

We learned this awesome trick from Herb Magee. Herb suggests that you are wasting your time if you don't analyze your shot tendencies. And we think he's right!

By charting your "shot tendencies" you'll discover what you should really be working on.

Here's how it works:

You'll need a coach or a partner to help you out and chart your shots. You'll also need a clipboard, paper, and a pen.

Next, head to the gym and shoot a bare minimum of 50 shots. Ask your partner to chart your shots. The KEY is to chart detailed results of each shot. You will track how many shots fell short, too long, to the left, and to the right. This information will help you determine what you need to work on.

For example, if you consistently miss short (like many players do), you need to work on your power and distance control.

If you consistently miss to the right and the left, you need to fix the mechanics of your foot and/or arm alignment.

This is all about practicing SMART to optimize your efforts.

If you think about it, it's silly to go out and practice hours and hours without knowing your shot tendencies. You should probably chart tendencies every couple months.

The next step...

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We'll be sharing these tips and many more in the near future. We've been fortunate enough to learn these tactics directly from some of the top shooting experts in the world. We'll be sharing the advice with you in a new eBook. It's great stuff!


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marc says:
3/27/2008 at 9:22:44 PM

good info especially for me because i have a problem on shooting in the shooting is good when it comes to side-by-side but not at the center..


Ilyas says:
3/28/2008 at 3:17:20 AM

thanks a lot. a "must" do 4 players.


Janis says:
3/28/2008 at 7:39:18 AM

Great! I like these very practical advices. I have to go now... to improve my shot. Thank you!


Hunter says:
3/28/2008 at 9:04:15 AM

this drill is good but it doesn't say how to improve your shot


Dreamsintoareality says:
3/30/2008 at 8:03:31 AM

I agree with hunter. You should tell us HOW to improve our power and distance control. HOW to improve foot aligning, etc....


Jeff Haefner says:
3/31/2008 at 10:42:52 AM

Hi All,

We'll be releasing information on how to improve your shot, how to develop power and distance control, how to improve foot alignment, and everything you need to know to become a great shooter.

If you're on our newsletter list, you'll get an email as soon as it's ready. We're working on diagrams, pictures, and editing as we speak. It's a lot of work but we're getting close.


Jeff Haefner


Bosh Boy says:
4/10/2008 at 7:40:34 PM

Yo nice Mitchell from the bears forward this is good


tim broady says:
4/17/2008 at 5:14:58 PM

Great info


digvijay says:
4/27/2008 at 10:29:47 AM

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fred says:
7/21/2008 at 3:54:13 PM

cool,can't help thinking i'd be like jordan in a few months or better still, beter! than mike. thanks!!


Kush - i'm the next says:
9/13/2008 at 9:31:21 PM

Its great i was not a good shooter but by the help of tis article i have now become the best.


michael says:
10/29/2008 at 11:30:16 PM

not what i did


jimmy says:
12/6/2008 at 3:57:33 PM

hi I was wondering if you can tell me a workout on how to jump higher


bri says:
12/29/2008 at 4:44:50 AM

great advice, but after figuring out wat ur weakness is ... the main key is to practice 24/7.


Dalton says:
6/28/2010 at 1:55:55 PM

Ive got a question. You've got an article showing shooting form. I was wondering if there was really a right way to do it. You have really good tips, but is it also right in your shot to shoot it how its comfortable to you? Reply Back, Thanks.


WannaB baller says:
5/23/2011 at 2:19:44 PM

When I turned 13 I learned from a neurologist I was left handed. So for the past year I have been working on shooting with my left hand. I had a very good shot with my right hand but with my left hand I dont have alot of power but i can make a 18 footer consistently,but when i miss its usually to the side. I have looked at myy form and i fixed my foot alignment, but I dont know how to tell if my arm is correctly aligned or not?


J says:
9/4/2011 at 3:52:23 PM

I'm like marc. I have trouble shooting straight. The ball usually goes to the left or right.


Clement says:
4/20/2013 at 7:46:17 PM

God Bless y'all, this site has been so helpful :)


Tim Koeppl says:
7/26/2013 at 1:27:10 PM

Balance = put your lead foot (right handed shooter, right foot, left handed shooter, left foot) directly under your shoulder. Next, put your rear foot toe into your lead foot instep, this will put your rear foot about 2-3 inches behind your lead foot. Now, move your rear foot under your other shoulder. When you go to shoot, make sure you keep your knees in line with your ankles. This is the beginning, but I was at three viewing events this July and I can't believe how many players are not taught balance.


Mark says:
8/4/2014 at 9:04:45 PM

If a player (me :D ) consistently misses short and focuses at the front of the rim, it seems to make sense. I've had trouble shifting to focus at the back (begin to miss long) and there's nothing to focus on in the middle :D ... so, thoughts? recommendations?


Charlie Bemis says:
8/4/2014 at 9:27:55 PM

Hey Jeff,

do you have tips on how to teach guards a floater (running shot over larger players)? This is something we want to focus on this year, just looking for pointers. Thanks.


Coach Rude says:
8/4/2014 at 11:30:10 PM

@Charlie Bemis.

I am a firm believer in teaching my players to shoot a floater by going off two feet. attack the middle, a quick jump stop into a floater. to work on the floater, use something that can help you extend the height on contesting a shot. I tend to use a rectangle hit pad for contact drills and raise it as high as i can and make them shoot over it ( it makes them shoot over something around a 9 feet high)this helps my focus on elevation on the floater to get it over the helpside defense. rather than not having enough arc on the shot. Floater is all about developing touch.


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