menu close twitter facebook snapchat instagram youtube article basketball gallery graph left-arrow right-arrow search star trophy video net clipboard shield-check shield-star stopwatch filter reset

3 Ways To Escape A Shooting Slump

  • Author:
    By Jeff Haefner,
  • Date:
    Jun 1, 2010

We've all been there. We might have started the season on fire, but now it seems that we're missing every shot.

We're in a shooting slump. There's no worse feeling, right?

Well, the great news is you have the power to get out of your basketball shooting slump. But, it takes time and focus.

Let's look at how to get ourselves back to shooting star status.

Make Hesitating a Thing of the Past

When someone passes you the ball, don't stop and think about what you're going to do. You already know, deep down, what to do. Immediately start positioning yourself for the shot. Don't think; just do it.

Practice More

Think about how you feel during practice. Relaxed, right? Well, that's why practice is the best place to start dealing with your slump. In practice you don't have to worry about your opposition, or losing the game. You can just practice.

So, focus on grooving your shot. Start close to the basket to build your confidence, and then slowly move back a bit at a time.

The more shots you make, the faster you're going to get out of your slump. So, practice, practice, practice.

Clear Your Mind

The more you focus on the fact that you're in a slump, the more slumpy you'll be. So, it's important to learn how to clear your mind.

You can try this useful technique for clearing your mind:

•Start by shooting five balls eight feet away from the hoop.

•Next, take five shots using your weaker hand.

•Now, go to the free-throw line. Shoot another five shots with your weaker hand.

•Go to the 3-point line. Do another five shots with your weaker hand.

•Now move over to half court. Take five shots with your stronger hand.

•Don't laugh, but now you're going to stand on one leg. Take five shots with your strong hand. Make sure you focus; really try to make the shots.

•Don't move. Now, close one eye, and keep standing on one leg. Take 5 shots with your strong hand. You might not make it, but that's not important. Just keep trying.

•Now, switch to your weaker hand. Stay on one leg, with one eye closed. This is going to be hard, but again, really try to make it!

•Now move into your regular shooting range and do some jump shots with your right hand. Don't worry about making or missing them. Just shoot. These shots are really easy now, right?

If you make a shot, then make sure you congratulate yourself. Don't berate yourself if you miss; just focus on the good. And remember to have fun!

If you're in a slump, do this exercise as often as you can. The good news is that once is usually all it takes!

Related Tags:

Related Videos

USA Basketball's Jay Demings (Youth and Sport Development Director) and Don Showalter (10-time gold medal winning junior national team coach) discuss the four stages of progressive player development.

USA Basketball's Jay Demings (Youth and Sport Development Director) and Don Showalter (10-time gold medal winning junior national team coach) break down the Philosophy for Player Development in this podcast.

Related Content

Seven coaches from all levels explain the best and worst advice they have received about coaching.

  • Author:
    Sofia M. Lucero
  • Date:
    Aug 20, 2020

USA Basketball spoke to NBA head coach and commentator for ESPN, Jeff Van Gundy, to gain some insight and perspective on coaching.

The USA Basketball Coaches Network discuss basketball skills that can be taught and promoted by playing 3x3.

While some coaches may think their athletes are beyond the basics – mastering the fundamentals is a never-ending process.

Remember to keep these quick and simple healthy snacks readily available for your athlete because if they aren’t provided healthy options, children are more likely to eat unhealthy treats, even if they’re not hungry.

Coach Licensing & Organization Accreditation Login



Forgot Password?