Basketball Shooting: Why is Arc so Important?
Most of you have probably heard that it's important to have good arc. But why is it so important? Well, simply put more arc will increase the size of the hoop as the ball goes through. Take a look at the image below, it shows the size of the hoop when the ball goes through, with different amounts of arc. As you can see with a 30 degree incoming angle (a flat shot), the basket is only 9 inches wide! You're not going make a lot of baskets shooting on a hoop that's just 9" wide.
Basketball Shooting: Release and Follow Through
When teaching younger players how to shoot, I usually start with the release and follow through. These are a highly important aspects of a shot but they're something young players often forget to focus on. These players' shots look different every time and they don't build the consistency necessary to become a great shooter. I like the guide hand to be close to the release position, only coming off the ball right before the release. Shooting hand should be pretty relaxed with
Basketball Decision Making: Recognizing and Creating Opportunities to Drive
When it comes down to winning basketball games, decision making (team/individual IQ) is a huge determining factor. If a player can improve their decision making, they can improve both their play and the play of their team. In this series, we'll explore the thought process in a wide range of game situations. A player can practice these game situations by themselves and they should always remember to visualize defenders and teammates while working on the timing of their reads/d