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Topic:  How do I extend my basketball shooting range and get the ball over the rim consistently?

Question from DJ:
For me I'v just have moved to the bigger balls and struggled all year with my shots bein short im 155 pounds, really strong for my age, and am 5' 9" a post player and untill these last few games i have had problems with getting it above the rim and making it there from about 10 12 feet, i cant judge it, i have the shot as alot of people have said but, it has not shown on the board i was wondering which of these drills would help with all this?

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Quentin says:
4/10/2015 at 8:46:57 PM

I am in the process of changing my shot form. I was a decent shooter with bad fundamentals but could hit threes on a consistent basis. However since changing my shot form I can only limit myself to mid range jumpers. Once I extend to the three point line I am unable to even hit the net. Also free throws have become increasingly hard without jumping any tips?


Ken Sartini says:
1/6/2014 at 10:12:16 AM

Tom -

Its hard to tell since we cant see your shot, but here are a few things that I can think of.

As far as when to release the ball, its more about where you release it... and your elbow should be around your eye/ear area as you are releasing your shot.

The link is of a 14 year old boy who has worked for 3 years with the Swish shooting method,,,, watching him might help you with your jump shot.

As I talk to a lot of players, they are looking to correct or improve their shot . there is no quick fix for this, you have probably been shooting that way for a long time and have created a bad habit and its in your muscle memory.

To correct this problem, it is going to take 100s, no, more like 1,000s of shots to create a new muscle memory - so the shot becomes automatic.

The first thing you have to do is correct your form... that can be done by shooting against a wall so you don't have to worry about making the shot... only using correct form - 100s of shots a day until you have correct form.

Then you can go to the basket and do what we called BEEF check going from Block to the Middle to the other Block.

Step 1 - We started this with the SHOOTING HAND ONLY.... maybe 12 shots in all.

Step 2 - Then you can bring your guide hand up but NOT on the ball and do the same thing. 12 more shots.

Step 3 - - 12 more shots with your guide hand in the proper position. ( your guide hand has nothing to do with the shot other than to keep the ball in the proper position on your shooting hand.)

The next thing to do would be to step back several feet... 6-7 feet? Now repeat Step 3, don't move any further back until you have mastered this distance.

Once you are shooting with a good percentage, you can move further back. Don't move to the three point line if you are shooting 30 percent from 10 - 15 feet.

Don Kelbick says that a good shooting percentage is around 46% and in game situations that is good... in practice, from short range, I would like to see it a little higher.

From the free throw line... depending on your age and ability level, 60 to 80 percent is what I had my kids try to achieve.

To explain BEEF for those who haven't heard that term.

B - Balance ( staggered stance, one foot slightly in front of the other )

E - Elbow under the ball ( the elbow might be SLIGHTLY out )

E - Eye on the target (keep your eye on the target until the ball goes in)

F - Follow through..... ( keep your arm extended until the ball goes in)

I hope this helps.

Practice this for awhile and then let us know how things are progressing.


Tom Holts says:
1/5/2014 at 1:58:30 PM

I always lunge when shooting I really have trouble using my legs can u give me some good tips that will help. I am also having trouble understanding when to release the ball. Thde main problem however is I cant use my legs properly



Ken Sartini says:
11/19/2013 at 2:04:47 PM

Being consistent comes from a lot of practice. Start closer to the basket and work on your shot until it becomes consisten, then work your way back a little at a time. As for driving to the basket.... pick your spots right now until you become more comfortable with what you are doing. Maybe developing a good crossover move might help you get past the man guarding you.

Maureico -

Hard to tell whats wrong with your shot without being able to see it..... start close to the basket and work your way back as you get more comfortable. Relax and have some fun... maybe you are getting tense as you start to shoot??


Maureico says:
11/19/2013 at 1:18:22 PM

why do sometimes I shoot over the goal?


Shayaan says:
10/13/2013 at 3:58:34 PM

Hello, I am told that I am a decent shooter, but my problem is that I'm not consistent. On any given day, I can shoot from 15-80% unguarded from 3, is there a remedy? Also, do you have any tips for shorter point guards? I'm 5'6", decently athletic and fast, and want to improve driving to the basket. Thank you.


Ken says:
7/14/2012 at 10:07:13 AM

Andrew -

Start from the top here and read some of the comments made by the coaches..... and in some cases players.

You just turned 13 - remember, kids mature and different ages, be patient with yourself... you WILL get stronger. 5'5"? I would have killed to be that height at 13, I was a 4'11" freshman.

As for defending in the low post vs bigger and stronger players... tough assignment, Keep a low center of gravity and lean on them a little, it will help you a little bit, BUT, my advice to you is to keep them from getting the ball in the first place. IF you are quicker, work hard to deny them the ball, make them work harder and maybe they wont be as successful scoring.

As for shooting, a lot of the strenght in your shots should come from your legs, it helps with the lift. Keep working on your shot in the area where you are successful. When you are happy with the results %wise, you can move back a couple of feet and shoot some more. Stay in your comfort zone for now and like I said, you can step back a few feet to see if you are still being successful.

NIce to emulate the NBA guys but I couldn't do what they do WITHOUT a ball. Be the BEST that ANDREW can be. Keep working on your game and I hope this helps some.


andrew says:
7/14/2012 at 6:44:55 AM

Hi, i just turned 13 and im around 5' 5.
Im not that short compared to my teammates but im not as strong as some older players and when i play or defend in low post moves i just get pushed around and cant finish. Also when i shoot from around free throw area i rely on my legs a lot to get the shot far enough but i see nba players just flick their wrists to shoot it this far. How can i build my upper body strength without going to a gym because im not old enough to go to one yet...
pls help :(


scott says:
9/6/2011 at 6:39:28 AM

To all you shooters, I was a 5 ft nothing 1 and nothing boy growing up , in the 6th grade I couldn''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''t hit a bull in the but with a hand full of rocks. There is 2 things I think will help you all. 1st lay flat on your back and do form flips as I call them creating muscle memory follow through every time until your forearm is tired. You HAVE to get your legs stronger ,jump rope, box jumps,run, run stairs. I also will recommend taking a bar bell bar tying a jumprope to it loop it through a 5 lb weight, holding your arms straight out with the weight hanging to the floor and you holding the bar bell shaft straight out start rolling the rope around the shaft as it twists around the shaft you forearms and wrist will be getting an incredible workout. remember form before workout form after workout of strength, and shoot 20 lay ups 50 10 fts watch your feet get a strong base alot of arch, 100 FT''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''S and repeat for 3 to 4 weeks then repost your results. This with the above advise your should be able to shoot from 2 steps over 1/2 court. shooting=strength and form.


Allen says:
3/30/2010 at 1:23:45 PM

Hi when i shoot a mid range jumpshot my form and shoot is great, but when i'm shooting a 3 point jumpshot my form is different and it don't looks good. Can you help me?


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