12 Things That GREAT Shooters Do

After many years of working with some of the best shooters in the world, I have learned that not everyone shoots the same way. However, there are some common threads, mostly mental, that run through with all great shooters.


1. Great shooters have this mindset: When I'm hot, I shoot. When I'm off; I shoot till I get hot.

2. Great shooters don't worry about the last shot (make or miss). They focus on the next shot because it is the only one they can have an effect on.

3. Great shooters always believe 'my next shot is good' (even if they've missed several in a row).

4. Great shooters have routines and rituals; they are not haphazard when they work out. They practice game shots from game spots at game speed.

5. Great shooters don't make 500 shots. They make one shot... 500 separate times. There is a BIG difference.

6. Great shooters don't worry about perfect form, only the same form. They shoot the same way every time they shoot (from feet to follow through).

7. Great shooters go to the gym to make shots; not take shots. Anyone can take 500 shots. The name of the game is to put the ball in the basket.

8. Great shooters are always 'shot ready'. Their feet, hands, eyes and mind are ready to shoot.

9. Great shooters know and maximize their shooting strengths. They know if they shoot better off the pass vs. off the dribble, if they shoot better going right vs. going left and what spots on the court they shoot the highest percentage. They shoot shots they can make and pass on the others.

10. Great shooters rarely miss right or left.

11. Great shooters know how to use screens effectively to get an open peek.

12. Great shooters are not great by accident or luck. They are great because they put in the work.



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MON says:
5/31/2018 at 6:48:32 AM

I WANT TO BE A GREAT SHOOTER SOME DAY.

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ragnar says:
9/8/2017 at 9:06:42 AM

great shooting requires muscle memory, hence the reps and practice. you don't have to think about the shot, just let it fly.

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Kent says:
9/2/2017 at 9:45:03 AM

THE GYM IS ALWAYS OPEN...

THREE THINGS A COACH BRINGS:
1. OPEN THE GYM
2. GREAT PRACTICES
3. GREAT COMPETITION

THREE THINGS PLAYERS BRING:
1. A SPECIFIC TALENT
2. A DESIRE TO WORK HARD
3. BEING A NICE PERSON

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Arnold Scott says:
9/1/2017 at 9:34:01 AM

Great shooters should be able to affect the game in other ways because if and when they do go through a slump coaches can still play them. Confidence is everything in basketball. If a great shooter can do something positive in other areas his or her shot will start falling again.

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Deborah Curtis says:
8/23/2017 at 5:42:37 PM

I need to get shooting skills for a 12 year old. She is in 7th grade.

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Mike says:
9/1/2017 at 8:05:33 AM

Practice!

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Erik says:
9/1/2017 at 11:07:33 AM

http://www.breakthroughbasketball.com/lg/shootingworkout1.html

Start from the beginning and work up. She likely hasn't developed too many bad habits yet.

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