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How to Shoot a Basketball Perfectly (10-Step Guide)

Every young basketball player grows up wanting to learn how to shoot a basketball at a world-class level.

With the rise of players like Steph Curry and Damian Lillard, as well as the game of basketball developing to take more advantage of the three-point shot, learning how to shoot a basketball at a high level has never been more important.

But becoming a great shooter isn’t an easy thing to do!

Follow these 10 simple steps to perfect your shooting technique!

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23 Cones – Shooting Drill

How the Drill Works:

Place 23 cones at the baseline of one end of the floor and split the players up into two teams at the other end of the floor. Players shoot and are ‘rewarded’ by being allowed to go to the other end of the court and have a chance at collecting a cone IF they make another shot. If they miss, they get nothing and return to the end of their line. The team with the most cones at the end of the game wins.

Purpose:

A fun variation to a normal shooting drill that keeps players interested and excited. Players are shooting under a lot of pressure on the second shot.

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Off the Dribble Form Shooting – Shooting Drill

How the Drill Works:

Players practice the 1-2 step or the hop two times with a pump fake and then use the 1-2 step or the hop to shoot a jump shot.

Purpose:

To teach players to shoot off the dribble using either the 1-2 step or the hop with the correct footwork and while balanced. A great drill for players that are usually off balance when they shoot after dribbling.

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Weave Layups – Shooting Drill

How the Drill Works:

Players weave from half court ending in a layup by a wing player. The middle player rebounds the ball, outlet passes, and then the ball is back to the start.

Purpose:

A fast paced drill that works on passing and layups while at full speed and under time pressure. A great drill to get the intensity up at training.

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Cincinnati Layups – Shooting Drill

How the Drill Works:

A line of players at half court and on the wing, and a single player on the free-throw line. The player at half court passes to the player at the free throw line who then passes to the cutting wing player for a layup.

Purpose:

This is a great warm-up drill for young players that works on layups and passing skills. Also great for concentration as we emphasize that the ball should never hit the floor.

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Screen Shooting – Shooting Drill

How the Drill Works:

Players will start at the top of the key, cut underneath the basket, and then cut off a screen and take a shot using one of the screens on either side of the floor.

Purpose:

This drill will teach your players how to score and make the appropriate read off an off-ball screen.

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Partner Form Shooting – Shooting Drill

How the Drill Works

Players each have a partner and line up about 10 feet apart facing each other. They then shoot the ball to each other using correct technique so that their partner can catch it without moving.

Purpose:

This drill should be used almost every training at a young age until each player has mastered basic shooting technique. It’s a great drill to get in many quick repetitions and gives the coaches a chance to correct the shooting form of all players.

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