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How to develop a basic jump shot and basketball shooting form - Practice

Updated on January 14, 2014

Basic one arm shooting form drill exercise to improve your form

The shooter here has fully extended their form, and range of jump shooting, and this is the goal to reach for sure, for any basketball player or amateur seeking to attain. Pro Ball players are well trained and exercised before doing so (Be advised)
The shooter here has fully extended their form, and range of jump shooting, and this is the goal to reach for sure, for any basketball player or amateur seeking to attain. Pro Ball players are well trained and exercised before doing so (Be advised) | Source

Important things to know about Shooting the Basketball

Basketball is a sport that requires a great deal of focus and attention to detail, as well as learning many of the fundamental drills, and performing certain movements that will help players to improve. As they say practice surely does make perfect, and so the more a B-ball player learns of the right bodily positioning placements to make; furthers the improvements in their overall performance, and also less errors they shall see themselves begin to have or commit on the basketball court, as they set off to play the game each and every time.

It takes some people days to pick up these techniques, some others months, and even years to master. For each given person the more intensely and motivated they are to learn the game, the greater effect such drilling practices shall have on them. Making their skill levels increase over time, and definitely giving rise to much more productivity, more accurate attempts at scoring by the method of taking a simple jump shot, and increase in confidence, knowledge and awareness.

A good shooter becomes that way due to learning of specific basketball shooting form, which is a technique that requires each player to position their arm, at a 90 degree angle, and by squaring up their feet and shoulders to the front of the basket, or rim.

Once performed properly in repetition the follow through motion, which is a fluid movement of the finger tips and hand allowing the basketball too roll off into the air. This particular motion will begin to develop over time, but requires a great deal of practice to isolate such movement. Learning to properly conduct this action on the court tends to be more effective at helping to add this aspect of their game into live playing action, thus improving scoring ability as a whole by means of shooting the ball in succession.


Caution

If these drills are ignored, never learned, or done wrongly over time the error in scoring potential will waver to such a degree towards the player losing confidence in their abilities to score by shooting the basketball.

Hence it is primary to learn such methods if one is to become a shooting guard, and all around b-ball player in general, and definitely if they are to make it to any team sport level, including elementary school, high school, and beyond.

So, the better all around player you become, the more opportunities shall open up, and balance in health as well as physical agility will also be a requirement. Just remember to keep hydrated during any and all strenuous activities, and seek council of a medical doctor if any injuries are sustained, or unbearable bodily pains occur as an end result of intense activities on the B-ball court.


I been practicing alone for years, and it makes it much harder to improve, but it isn't impossible to step up your game alone if you must, just stay motivated & you'll get there
I been practicing alone for years, and it makes it much harder to improve, but it isn't impossible to step up your game alone if you must, just stay motivated & you'll get there

Practicing with partners works wonders

If you can locate a partner to work with when your are practicing, this works wonders for purposes of shooting drills. Mainly due to the fact that retrieving the basketball is a grueling task after a while, and especially if your running intensely back and fourth to get the ball.

Deciding to practice with a partner takes true dedication though on the part of both partners, and they should both realize that by sharing equally, it is one of the sure ways to help one another to improve on their overall basketball game skills together.

Passing the ball back and fourth will help them to initially get use to this form of sharing, but eventually what shall need to be done, is set shots, and chest passes being delivered by one of the partners to the one who's going to be shooting the basketball.

Now, in the video submitted up above, what's being showcased there is methods of practicing your shooting without a partner, and so if you don't have help, then hustling up by means of running to retrieve the ball is the best method.

This type of intense drilling shall keep you in shape at the same time as well, keep in mind that you need to keep hydrated. (The video above features both shooting drills combined with hustle dribbling, and driving in to lay the ball in, which helps to demonstrate how to practice multiple techniques simultaneously with no partner.)


Conducting stretches before and after the game, helps all B-ball players to improve on their overall agility, and flexibility while simultaneously avoiding injuries of over extension of their lower extremities (Ligaments, tendons, muscles, etc...)
Conducting stretches before and after the game, helps all B-ball players to improve on their overall agility, and flexibility while simultaneously avoiding injuries of over extension of their lower extremities (Ligaments, tendons, muscles, etc...) | Source

Stretching Exercises

Basketball stretch exercises can be done at home prior to leaving for your practice, and or at the location you chose to perform your drills.

The key to it all is not to overdo it all, never overextend the range of motion of any given part of your body; your ankles, joints, tendons, ligaments, muscles, bones, knees and all other body parts are very vital to any athlete today. So it's imperative that you learn to perform stretching exercises if any form of physical activity is to be performed, and anywhere for that matter.

It doesn't have to be just in the playing of the sport of basketball, and so be advised if you choose to play anything today or participate in physical movement that requires some form of extreme body movement, strains or stresses, before doing so try to do some much needed stretches, which help to prevent from sustaining injuries while engaging in such recreational activities.

The videos that were supplied below, will demonstrate some of the more well known stretch exercises that many basketball players perform, and it also helps in giving them even more flexibility over time to perform movements, that without doing so wouldn't be possible. Making for some pretty super agile athletes who have managed to master the game of basketball, like the great Michael Jordan, and all the others who have gone before him, and come thereafter.


On the court stretch exercises

Michael Jordan was the only motivation I needed when I was a younger child to get into playing and learning the game of basketball, and I do indeed miss his action on the court very much, because his talent was unlike any other, boy! did he practice
Michael Jordan was the only motivation I needed when I was a younger child to get into playing and learning the game of basketball, and I do indeed miss his action on the court very much, because his talent was unlike any other, boy! did he practice | Source

Standing Stretches

Getting prepared for B-ball drill exercises and recording training videos, with trusty book bag with Toshiba x400 HD Camcorder inside a Tripod bag, and lets not forget a good outdoor basketball, oh and approved basketball high top training sneakers
Getting prepared for B-ball drill exercises and recording training videos, with trusty book bag with Toshiba x400 HD Camcorder inside a Tripod bag, and lets not forget a good outdoor basketball, oh and approved basketball high top training sneakers

Conclusion

To become an effective and competitive basketball player, it is essential to have the right skills to be able to perform on a high level of physical activity and with great basketball shooting ability. It takes smarts, motivation, and drilling exercises as well as stretches to acquire such a feat, and also physical agility, strength, and good standing health to endure long laboring game play. Last but not least the team work factor shall come into the equation for those, who are selected to move further into the sport, and by means of trying out for a team (Having a truly dedicated partner to practice with helps to learn this concept starting out, working together is the key!).

This all requires of the player to be focused, to maybe get a good partner to remain motivated and to have attention to the detail of developing an effective practice schedule, and action plan of assisting one another.

If done effectively the development of the all around basketball players skills and abilities can begin to take shape, and from this point he or she can move even further into seeking to become a more effective team player in any and all sporting activities that may be available in their school, or even outside in neighborhood or local town sporting team locations. Good Luck and stay tuned for more useful tips to soon be released from Cloud Explorer the author of this article on hubpages. Enjoy!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Although I don't really like basketball, you presented a very thorough write up on drills to develop a good jump shot. Voted up and shared on Chime. :)

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      Deninson Mota 4 years ago from East Elmhurst, NY

      @cloudexplorer

      Very nice videos my man. I like to play basketball almost every week. I don't play it every day, but maybe two to three times a week. Basketball season already around the corner, yayyyy. Good article

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Thank you TT for the spelling help you rendered to me via FB, I don't mind if you post it here on my hubs, I'm real and you know it too, as well as you know me oh so very well by now from all of our online interactions, but if you don't want others to think of you as being overly critical or judgmental then its all good do as you done for me today, because some folks truly aren't real with all of their communications, and we all know this to be so true today.

      Once again thanks for your kind words you've placed here, and I'll be paying your locations a visit for sure soon as well. Peace!

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      @gregoriom, Thanks bro for being supportive of my hub writing efforts here, I love the game of basketball with a passion, and recently been trying to re-emerge into the sport.

      I played a great deal all throughout the years, but never on a professional level, but I'm sure my skill level had at one time been close to what is required from all the intense game play and practice I used to perform many years back.

      I'll check out your hubs soon as well, just been very busy as you can see with trying to do as much as possible and on all levels imaginable today.

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Mike,

      Well done. I still go back to the philosophy of life in comparison. There are many who shoot the ball, but some do it better than others. The backward spin on the release, the proper strength in the shot, finger placement and elbow in adjustments are the difference between a good shooter and a great shooter. Life is full of adjustments. Refusal to be flexible and practice until perfection is achieved just allows one to be one of the crowd. Those who put in the necessary time to do what it takes to be successful are the stars in life, as well as on the court. Great Job!

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      dedynugroho 4 years ago from Jakarta

      wow.. nice!!

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      Thanks so much @rcrumple, you indeed know your stuff, I am trying to develop myself as a skills coach pretty much, and many other things as you may know of thus far.

      I appreciate that you took the time to share with me your thoughts about basketball as well, and much of the fine tuned details as to that of forming the correct follow through.

      I have many more basketball hubs planned in the works, which will further showcase much more for sure about developing form and jump shooting, for now this shall suffice as an intro to it all.

      Cool stuff RC chat with ya soon bro, and hopefully I can make it around to your hubs as well.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      Though I do not play basketball, I love watching the game. You have presented very useful tips and information. Great hub, voted up.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      @Vellur, Thanks man I loved watching B-ball way back when Michael Jordan was around too, but I quit when he retired, and still to this day I don't feel the same about watching it.

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