How to be a deadly shooter

Are you frustrated when your defender stays off of you?

You catch the ball and want to drive but you can’t because your defender is far back. He doesn’t respect your shot. You’re frustrated because your game is off. Well read this article to turn things around.


1. Shooting form is CRUCIAL

No matter how trivial a shot may appear to you, it is very important. First, it is repetition. Your body will acquire good habit if you shoot the right way all the time. Your technique must be perfect at each shot you take. To work on your release, I recommend to perform the one hand shooting form drill and the two hand shooting form drill before playing everyday. Since repetition is the only way to reach excellence, you should take at least 200 shots per day after your form shooting drills.

2. Strength comes from your legs

Have you ever noticed that when you are tired, you start shooting short? Then to correct your lack of strength, you push the ball in front of you (which decrease the arch of the shot) and you start shooting too long. Don’t worry, even the pros have that issue. When tired, leg strength tends to vanish.
Most people believe that shooting power comes from the upper body when it actually comes from lower body. Whenever you shoot the ball, you need to bend your legs. When you raise up to shoot it, make sure that you transfer your legs power to your upper body by shooting in a continual motion. If you want to be able to be a good shooter, you need to have strong legs (and very good cardio). I recommend that you work on legs and cardio frequently.

You gotta get “in the zone”. The easiest way to do it is to practice shooting everyday. During the game or in practice, I recommend to start close to the basket. Get a few layups in, few shots right outside of the paint… This will allow you to get in the rythm early in the contest. You will have the feeling that the basket gets bigger and that you can’t miss. Great shooters also always remember the shot they make, and have a tendency to forget the missed shots. Everyone misses. Forget your missed shot and make the next one!

3. Play without the ball

Use your teammates to get great looks at the basket. For instance, if you play on the wing and the point guard drives, slide your feet to get yourself out of the passing lane so that the guy (or girl) guarding you will have to make a decision. If he choses to help, you will be open for a great shot. If he/she choses to stay on you, the drive will be easier for your teammate.

There are lots of ways to play without the ball. You can run off screens, cut hard by the base line… Check out my drills to learn more.

This is what the best shooters do. What do you think? What are your secrets?


About The Author


I am a former college, semi-pro, and professional basketball player from Paris, France. I am a FANATIC of basketball (can literally talk about the game for hours!). I decided to write all my basketball thoughts down so I can let my friends speak! My goal is help my team (readers, and followers) become better player/coach by sharing the best tips to improve basketball IQ, skills, athleticism, and motivation.