Stephen Curry is arguably the best shooter in the NBA and one of the greatest shooters of all-time. Although he is not freakishly tall or athletic, his lighting-quick release and accurate jump shot makes him a deadly threat from anywhere on the court.
Stephen Curry is not immortal and does not have the super power to knock down 3 pointers with ease from the half-court line. He didn’t just wake up with a silky-smooth jump shot. He had to put in thousands of hours into his craft, getting up thousands of shots to be known as one of the best shooters the game of basketball has ever seen.
You can’t try to copy his shooting form because everybody shot is different, you got to find out what works for you and stick with it. If you try to duplicate Stephen Curry’s jump shot, you’ll only end up being an inconsistent shooter with a good looking form. Now, you can find out what makes his jump shot so successful and apply it to your own jump shot.
Read on below to discover How To Shoot A Basketball Like Stephen Curry and to be that ‘Knock Down’ shooter on your team.
7 Simple Steps To Shooting Like Curry
1. Footwork Is Your Foundation
A lot of shooting coaches teach the old school style “10 toes the rim” thinking that it will improve your accuracy and consistency. The problem with this technique is that it creates a lot of tension in your shoulders which makes your elbow fly out on your shot. This technique makes it difficult to have that quick and smooth one motion jump shot shooters like Stephen Curry have.
Stephen Curry uses a stagnated stance when shooting, meaning that one foot is a little in front of the other. This stance gives you the needed balance when shooting. He shoots with his right hand so his feet are tilted off to the left which allows his hips, elbow, and shoulders all in alignment to the rim making for a smooth and accurate jump shot.
Get in the gym and find what footwork techniques works best for you.
2. The Only Motion Is One Motion
A lot of basketball players nowadays have two motion jump shots, meaning that they pause at some point in their release of the ball. With a two motion jump shot your shooting release becomes slower, your shot falls flat from not having enough arc, and you become easier to guard because defenders can time your shot.
Stephen Curry uses the one motion jump shot technique which means the ball is going straight up, it never pauses or hitches. A one motion jump shot is much more effective because it gives you a quicker load-up and more power on your shot to shoot from farther distances.
Curry’s set-point (the moment before the ball starts traveling towards the rim) on his shot is right above his eyebrow which makes for a silky smooth release, ideal arc, and improved consistency. That’s why it’s so difficult for defenders to block Curry’s jump shot because they can never get to it in time.
To find out if you have a two motion jump shot is to record yourself shooting and if the ball goes behind your forehead on your release, you have a two motion jump shot. The way to fix this is to do form shooting* five feet from the basket while focusing on releasing the ball from your eyebrow all in one motion. This will ensure that your shot is smooth and has proper arc on it’s way to the rim.
3. The Dip
Basketball coaches and trainers teach their players not to bring the ball down to their waist when shooting, also known as “the dip”. They’re taught to just go straight up with the ball into their shot thinking that it would make their release faster.
While this may be true in some cases, the dip can be very beneficial because it builds the momentum needed for the one motion shot and generates power for shooting from far distances. That’s why Stephen Curry is able to shoot almost from half court with perfect shooting form.
Coaches say that the dip technique slows your shot down and you won’t be able to get it off of bigger and more athletic players. Stephen has the quickest shooting release in the NBA and even he uses the dip technique. Doesn’t matter if a 6’5 guard or 7-foot center is closing out on him, he is going to get his shot off with accuracy.
So try the dip technique out on your shot and figure out if it works for you.
4. The Release
Hand placement on the ball is key because it determines whether you have good backspin on your shot or if your missing left and right. Players that have no backspin means that they have too much palm on the ball instead of keeping it on the finger pads. And if there missing side to side, it means the ball is coming off the wrong fingers.
Stephen Curry fingers on the ball are wide and relaxed with his thumb and index finger making a V-shape. His hand is on the side of the ball and rotates it towards the rim as it comes up to his set point, then he snaps his wrist through the follow-through.
Curry uses a 4 finger down release with the ball coming off his middle finger last. Also, he keeps his wrist relaxed and floppy on his release.
5. The Guide Hand
I see too many young players shooting the ball with their guide hand and then be wondering why they be missing left and right. The purpose of the guide hand is to provide stability and support until is ready to be released.
Stephen Curry keeps his guide hand on the ball until he starts to snap his wrist to release the ball. Instead of keeping his guide hand towards the sky, he rotates it towards the rim with only his thumb pointed towards the sky. This technique will guide the ball longer and help keep it stable on it’s path towards the basket.
So try flexing your guide hand towards the basket when shooting, but be cautious not to shoot with your guide hand. Your guide hand is only there for support, it should have no effect on the ball flight to the rim.
6. Put A Tail On The Ball
Every time Stephen Curry shoots whether it’s a make or a miss, he finishes with his elbow right above his head and arm fully extended. He does this because it’s easier to repeat and doesn’t have to find that exact little bend each time he shoots.
When you release the ball, you want to make sure that your arm is completely straight and up above the rim. If it’s bent at all, it makes it a lot harder to repeat that exact same position every time, which makes it longer for your muscle memory to develop.
So when your working on your shot in the gym, focus on keeping that shooting arm locked and fully extended.
7. Confidence Is EVERYTHING
It’s a MUST to have confidence when shooting. You can have the best shooting form in the world, but if you don’t have no confidence in your shot, your not going to make to many.
Every time Stephen Curry pull up for a shot, he knows and believe it’s going in. And if it doesn’t go in, he think “The next shot is going to be money”. That is how elite shooters and scorers think, there is no room for negative thoughts.
So have confidence in yourself and eliminate negative thoughts by replacing them with positive ones. This simple technique alone will raise your shooting percentage and give you that shooters mentality.
The Bottom Line
A jump shot is like a fingerprint, thy are all unique in there own special way. You can’t try to clone someone else’s jump-shot because y’all are two different human beings. What works for that person might not work so well for you.
Finding the jump shot that suits you is all about trial and error, figuring out what works and what doesn’t. I recommend that you record yourself shooting on your phone or something, and analyze your jump shot from there. Making adjustments where it’s needed using the shooting tips I gave you above.
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