Achieve The Perfect Basketball Shot
(Read the excellent article below also on how to shoot the perfect basketball shot.)
The basics of a good basketball shot can be summarized in the acronym “B.E.E.F.” This can be a great teaching tool whether you are working with young beginners or reminding college-aged players of the basics.
2. E = Eyes. Focus your eyes on your target, the rim. Some coaches recommend the front of the rim, but others prefer the back of the rim. Either way, use the loops which hold the net as focal points. Once the shot motion begins, you should lock your eyes on your target until the ball goes through the basket (or misses). An analogy which works well is to compare shooting a basketball to throwing a dart. One would not watch the dart but rather the dartboard.
3. E = Elbow. Your elbow should be directly under the ball and push up “through” the ball as you shoot. To practice this, you should hold the ball the way a waiter holds a tray. Using the pads of your fingers to control the ball, keep your elbow directly under the ball. Notice that if you let your elbow drift outward or inward, the ball will roll off.
4. F = Follow through. Once you push your elbow up through the ball, your elbow should end up above your eyebrow. This will make sure that your follow through goes “up” and not “out”. Just as keeping your eyes on the target, your follow through should remain up until the ball goes in the basket (or misses). A helpful analogy here (especially for younger players) is to “put your hand in the cookie jar”. Imagine being a small child and trying to reach up to grab a cookie from the cookie jar up on the counter.