IMPROVE FREE THROW SHOOTING NOW

Improve Free Throw ShootingDon’t shoot free throws like Dwight Howard.

Here are some tips to help Dallas Youth Basketball players improve their free throw shooting:

  1. Take your time getting to the line if you were fouled hard  or are out of breath

  2. Mentally reward yourself for getting hit.  Our sport is one of the few where getting hit is a good thing.  I like to say to myself:  “Yes!  Two FREE Points!”

  3. Develop a process and don’t keep changing it.

  4. We like the shooting foot (right for right handed players, left for left handed players) on  the nail in the floor which is directly in front of the center of the rim on the free throw line.  Nearly every gym has this nail.  The other foot should be shoulder width apart and three inches behind.

  5. Exhale as hard as you can toward the basket.  This should lower your heart rate by 20 beats per minute.  It can also serve to clear your mind of distractions.

  6. Don’t think thoughts like:  “I need to hit this!, I can do this, We need this, Oh Crap,” etc.  Before you begin your shooting process you should think of a swish.  Hear it, see it, and feel it in your head. Expect it.

  7. Everyone’s ritual can be a bit different.  I like to have 4 dribbles, look at the rim, say  “down shoot, follow thru high, SWISH,” and begin.

  8. We recommend sitting in your chair rather than bending your knees.  In other words, flex, don’t bend.  Bending your knees over the foul line brings you off balance.

  9. If you miss, take a step off the line, and begin the whole process again.  I would not make too many adjustments after a miss.  Stay with your process.  You may use more or less legs if you are short or long.

  10. Hold and exaggerate your follow thru on free throws whether you hit or miss.  The back on the hand should finish facing the rim and the elbow should be above the eyebrow on the follow thru.   We like the toes, knees, elbow, hand all under the ball, but the follow thru is not open to debate.

 

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