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4 Steps to a Perfect Shot

  • Author:
    By Vicky Mckenzie
  • Date:
    Oct 26, 2010

Shooting is a science, as well as an art. In order to understand the fundamentals of shooting, it is necessary to understand the term "power line." This term refers to a line of power developed from the toe of the shooter all the way through the fingertips.

In order for the power line to be developed, the foot, knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, hand, and eye on the shooting side should be lined up in a straight line. To help remember the power line principle keep the BEEF acronym in mind.

B-- Balance

Keep feet shoulder- width apart with the foot on the shooting side of the body toe-to- heel in front of the other foot; knees bent, hips square to target, and back straight.

E -- Elbow in

The ball is held close to the chest and underneath the chin with the shooting hand a little more toward the back and slightly under the ball. The other hand is placed on the side of the ball and used only as a guide. (The guide hand does not become involved in the shot)

E -- Eyes on Target

Focus on a target whether that is the square on the backboard or the inside shiny part of the rim. Stay focused on this target. Don't watch the ball after the release.

F-- Follow Through

The ball is released by a quick extension of the elbow and a flick of the wrist and fingers of the shooting hand. (Follow through is like reaching up and putting your hand in a cookie jar) Ball should have back spin rotation which will enable the shooter to develop a softer touch.

Remember shooting is a science as well as an art.

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