- BASKETBALL SHOOTING WARM-UP ROUTINE -
THIS IS BRAIN TRAINING!!!
WE ARE TRAINING YOUR BRAIN TO SHOOT
After your normal warm-up/stretch routine grab a ball and shoot ONLY lay ups. That's right, your basketball shooting warm-up is lay ups. SHOOT THESE LAY UPS ONLY FROM THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE BASKET FROM YOUR SHOOTING HAND (right hand shoot the basketball only from the left side with your right hand, left hand shoot the basketball only from the right side with your left hand). Aim at the upper outside corner of the box. Shoot these opposite side lay ups flat footed. Shoot them with a little hop in your delivery. Shoot these opposite side lay ups jumping. -> IMPORTANT Follow through with your eyes by keeping them on the upper outside corner of the box until the ball drops through the rim. IMPORTANT <- Shoot at least 200. Use these lay ups to warm-up your shooting arm and lock in your natural basketball shot!
Then move back one step from the basket, draw an imaginary arc around the basket at this distance and bank in another 25 to 50 shots moving around the arc. Shooting from the far right side of your imaginary arc, use the right corner of the box as your target. Follow through with your eyes by keeping them on your target until the ball drops through the hoop. Shooting from the far left side of your imaginary arc, use the left corner of the box as your target. Follow through with your eyes by keeping them on your target until the ball drops through the hoop. Shooting from the center, use the middle of the top line of the box as your target. Follow through with your eyes by keeping them on your target until the ball drops through the hoop. Shoot at least 25 shots from this distance and when you're shooting 80% to 100% at this distance take another step back. Draw another imaginary arc around the basket at this new distance and go through the same scenario. When you're shooting 80% to 100% at this distance take another step back. Draw another imaginary arc around the basket at this new distance and go through the same scenario. Keep moving out one step at a time until you get six feet to eight feet from the basket, no further out than that. After the fourth step out [eight feet] if you're not shooting at least 70%, move back in to your lay-up shooting position and start again. Hit 25 in-a-row from your lay-up shooting position before again taking one step back. The reason you stop at six feet to eight feet from the basket is your choice for a target. Further out than six to eight feet you can use one of two different targets. You're not ready to learn your second target yet Grasshopper; you soon will be.
It's interesting to note here that Tiger Woods starts off each golfing session with a warm up/stretch routine and then puts until he sinks 100 one foot puts in-a-row before swinging for the fences.
Most of you will be practicing by yourself as you apply all these shooting tips. How will you know for certain your form is correct? [Video yourself] After all, if your form isn't correct aren't you practicing wrong? [Video yourself] Aren't you burning in improper muscle memory with incorrect form? [Video yourself] You might need a friend to shoot your video. If you can, shoot your videos right from the very beginning. While watching your video what should you be looking for? Anything that doesn't look right, anything that doesn't look smooth. Look for elbow positioning. Look for hand placement. Look at your release. How's your follow through? Are you following through with your eyes by keeping them on the target until the ball drops through the rim? Do you look natural? If you see things that need correction, concentrate on fixing only one problem at a time. This takes real discipline. You are now your own basketball shooting coach, kind of, and you must have patience with your student. Some problems will resolve immediately, some might not. Impatience could create problems. Practice Patience! Continue to video yourself. Keep refining your shot. Make your shot look and feel smooth and efficient.
How long will this take? Your shot will never be perfect, but it'll get r e a l good.
Finally, many athletes, basketball coaches, and athletic trainers ignore the importance of warming down, or cooling down after practice or a basketball game. While your body is warmed up is the perfect time to static stretch, cool down and relax. This cool down time must be taken to reduce chances of serious bodily injury while promoting proper health, flexibility, and stamina. THIS INFORMATION IS EXPLOSIVE! When a shooter understands the 'Mental Aspect' of shooting baskets and that shooter has also burned in proper muscle memory, that shooter is not thinking when shooting. That is the proper way to shoot; ‘In The Zone,’ and not thinking.
This is so easy to learn it's silly. Read on.