Great article! My son is a 'good shooter' but his mechanics are off. I'm going to work with him on these fundamentals. Also, I agree that too much 'game time' and not enough 'practice time' is needed to improve your skills.
I am inspired now. Hopla is true sharp shooter who probably looks at the basket like its an ocean. I always am complaining how i can never fix my shot but never knew what to do. Now i know and im going to put the time in to have my shot like Hopla.
I keep a mental count: in other words MISSING IS UNACCEPTABLE--PERIOD. Like Hopla, I shoot thousands of shots in every 3 hour workout I get (at least once a week (I have a job). I've been doing the same workout for over 40 years "I'm 56 years old; can still run a 40 under 5 second (4.5-4.7); still have a 36-40 inch vertical leap on those days I still have legs (3 ruptured disc/bilateral nerve damage/fibromyalgia). The only thing I do different is I don't warm up so I can show the kids how fast I can adjust because YOU MUST KNOW THE REASONS THAT CAUSE YOU TO MISS. I also have a list but a "iron clad" technique that works for EVERYONE. Automatically correct that poor form with one single adjustment. http://defend-rebound-finish.com/ Seeing is believing. Ask Kobe's other mentor about me: Wayne Slappy: See Father's of the Sport starring Wayne, Dr. J. , Jelly Bean Bryant (Kobe's dad and Wayne's Business Partner.) Just google the film title.
I get so frustrated when I miss my shots. This makes me want to go shoot right now. Unfourtunatly I can't because it is winter and I don't have a ride to the gym. Next time I see a basket though I will practice these steps. They are already ingraved in my head!
There are drills you can do inside that will help you refine your shooting technique. For instance: you can take Hopla's BEEF and do it sitting down if you don't have a room with a high ceiling. The purpose is to WORK ON TECHNIQUE. It will help you develop a nice SOFT shot with plenty of ARCH. It's also a good drill for practicing BACKSPIN the proper spin of the ball; It also teaches you DISCIPLINE (muscle memory as they say); teaches CONTROL; one of the easiest ways to become AMBIDEXTROUS like me; try shooting the ball with all of the above so that the ball falls down directly in front of you.
"improvisation is 9/10 of everything. Hopla's BEEF or my "Jump: Shoot: Reach"
Hope this helps.
I'm not sure if your question was for Hopla or for me because I just "replied" above and it really doesn't look like a reply (non-threaded). The other reason I am replying is because I left my web address in the previous comment and if you saw my "cheap" videos then you know that I use a "low jump" when practicing shooting = balance and control. Jump high only when necessary (lol). Too much jump = less balance and less control.
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