Friday, May 14

To be a Sharp Shooter

If you wish to function as sharp shooter of one’s team that the coach turns to each time a big shot is necessary, it’s going to take a serious commitment. Day in and day out. Practice, Repetition, Practice, Repetition!!

As a freshman I was considered a good shooter, but I wasn’t even near being on course to holding my senior school 3 point record! I began the summer season since the kick off point guard for the JV team. For the summer season I shot 30% from behind the arc, not quite hall of fame percentages. I did so get pulled up to Varsity for sectionals and saw 1:33 of action by the end of the game trailing be double digits. I got one shot up that happened to be always a 3 pointer and I made it. It absolutely was a good feeling to have hit my one and only shot attempt at the varsity level. It gave me a huge surge of motivation starting the off-season.

A very important factor I was conscious of starting that off-season was that my form was not exactly Steve Kerr Text Book form. I knew if I needed to be always a consistent, dependable shooter I had to fix my form irrespective of how hard it had been to improve something I have been doing for years. I was comfortable shooting with my elbow out and my off hand totally out of place. I really was made aware of this at a Purdue University Basketball Camp where they recorded our form and would help us correct it.

In the beginning I didn’t like the thought of changing my form because I must say i didn’t think I would have the ability to get comfortable shooting a fresh way in real game situations شارب شوتر. That thinking was counter productive. Once I realized the change will be worthwhile when my teammates and coaches took notice of my perfect form and trusted me in pressure situations. I usually kept that in the back of my mind during the change of form.

I would start off literally two feet from the hoop and release the ball with perfect form and I was sure to follow along with through on every shot. It’s hard to stress how important repetition was in this process. I would shoot a hundred shots from 5 feet and in until my arm would get tired. I would slowly work my way back to the free-throw line and just continue to shoot, follow-through, shoot, follow-through, over and over and over.

Once I completely committed myself to the new form I could get more comfortable with it much earlier than I thought possible. Before when I would try to improve my form I would always get back to my old form, and never stay glued to it. Now I stuck to it and I refused to put up a go with bad form. Within one month I was comfortable in scrimmage games shooting the ball, and I was getting special notice from my coach at the positive change to my game. Much more important than that, my confidence began to skyrocket! I couldn’t wait to have on the court and practice my new form. It absolutely was amazing, I was hitting my 3’s consistently and began to have very excited to begin the new season.

I think two 3 point shooting drills I did so made the difference for me. The first one I call it the Bryce Drew Drill. I was told Bryce Drew from Valporazo used to make 100 three pointers moving round the arc in 7 minutes with one individual rebounding. I used to love carrying this out drill, it takes serious concentration to get to 100. Not to mention your arm is completely exhausted by enough time you finish. My best time ever completing the drill was 7minutes 18 seconds. It really increased my confidence and paid down when the summer season began.

The 2nd drill I would do on a regular basis was also considered a stamina drill. I would put on of my favorite songs and run along the court shooting 3’s at each basket. I would do this for along one song then rest for a few minutes and take action again. Usually anywhere from 5 to 10 times. This drill really paid down for me within my Senior year. I had defenses set up to not allow me to catch the ball in rhythm denying me from getting the type of shots I was used to getting as a sophomore and junior. There have been many times when I would bring the ball down the court and be open at the 3 point line and knock down the shot. It became a straightforward shot from so much practice carrying this out drill.

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