This past summer I asked players and coaches for your feedback regarding how to become a better shooter from the Shooting Project.
Thank you to everyone that shared their obstacles, thoughts, and goals for their shooting journey! Below are the most important takeaways from everything we learned from the shooting project. And sorry for being a little late with this post.
Lesson 1: Start with the L
We watched a lot of video of players during the shooting project and one of the greatest flaws for shooters was failing to create the L. The L is the position that a shooter's arm should be in immediately after catching the ball (we call this the Set Point). If you aren't familiar with the L or the Set Point, click here to watch the SURE Shot System video. Some players had a set point that started too high, some had the ball too far extended from their body, and a smaller amount of shooters would start with the ball on their opposite shooting hip. Creating the L is a skill that is easy to teach and will allow shooters to generate some momentum and a smooth rhythm into their release. What we learned from the shooting project solidified our belief that players must create the L. This will definitely be a point of emphasis while working with shooters.
Lesson 2: Clean Release
One of the most common flaws we saw with shooters is their release. Many shooters interfere with their release by pushing the ball with their off hand. Some people call this "thumbing" the ball. This seems to be much more common with young shooters - most likely due to the fact that they can't reach the rim from long distance and develop this poor habit. The good news is that players can practice one of the simplest drills to develop a clean release...one-hand form shooting. This drill forces players to get their elbow in the proper position, then execute the roll & flop without any interference from their off hand. For young players that can't properly do one-hand form shooting on a 10 foot rim, they can practice shooting the ball against a wall or with a partner.
Lesson 3: Compact Shot
Most great shooters have one thing in common - a compact shot. We noticed a lot of players in the Shooting Project had unnecessary motion in their shooting form. This leads to a slower shot, a shooting form that's more difficult to repeat, and more room for error. Watch Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Buddy Hield...they all have compact shots. They removed the unnecessary motion in their shooting form...leading to a quick and consistent shot. Players with a compact motion make shooting look simple, which is the result of deliberately practicing a compact shooting form.
I hope you find these tips helpful and can implement some of them into your shooting practice. Let us know if you ever have any question or need some shooting advice.
And always remember...keep hustling and keep shooting!