Using Momentum in Your Basketball Shot

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Basketball expert Arthur Jackson demonstrates how to shoot a basketball, including how to use momentum in your basketball shot.

    Arthur Jackson: Hi! I am Arthur Jackson from One on One Basketball. Now, we are going to talk about momentum with shootings; it's very important. One of the things you will notice today is we are doing a lot of shooting in close. I think it's very important to have correct form. The further you move back the more you need power and a lot of times it causes errors in shooting form and that's when you get in the bad habits. So, we want to make sure we have correct habits. We have talked about earlier, consistency and discipline of practicing correctly and this is something that we want to talk about right now in terms of getting momentum. As we move back we want to use our legs and hips for power into our shot. We don't want to be using our arms for the shot. Our form should say the exact same, the further and further we have moved away from the basket. So, the first thing we're going to do is talk about stepping and do a shot. If I am going to receive a pass in a game, I want to make sure that I show a target hand. Now, my target hand is leaving me right into my shooting form. So again, if I am receiving a pass, I want to have my left foot forward, my right arm is going to come up; it's my shoot; I bending right at the elbow. I have my wrist back and I am going to step to receive the pass. Once I have the ball I am stepping forward with my right leg; that's going to give me some power or momentum to drive the ball up and into my shot. We want to make sure again, as we're further back, we're going to get into a jump shot. I don't think that that as important issue to start working on. You want to make sure you have your form down before you start working on that and this is correct form. So, we have our hand out, our target hand out; as we receive the ball we step into it; we drive our elbow under it and we follow-through into the shot.

    Everything that we have talked about earlier is consistent. The same technique applies if we're dribbling the ball. If I am going to dribble into my shot, as I am dribbling, that last dribble I take, I want to stepped in and have my hand ready to come up through for my shot. So that, as I am dribbling the ball, if I know I am going to shoot I take one last dribble. I step as I dribble; I bring my hand right up. It's ready to receive. I have my opposite hand over to the ball; as I stepped in, I want to make sure that I am keeping my hips and shoulders coming forward and driving up and forward up on my toes and I am driving the ball up into the basket. We have talked power flow and release. If you have been practicing that, now you have the power to drive the ball up and you can shoot it out a little further; but we want to start in close, work on our form, then we can move backwards as we get better. Next we are going to talk about one of the most topics, the biggest mistakes people make when shooting the basketball.