The Ultimate Guide To Getting Better At Basketball Shooting

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To be an elite scorer, you have to be able to shoot the ball. It doesn’t matter how athletic or tall you are, if you can shoot the ball, you’re coach will always find a spot for you on the floor.

So it’s key, to learn how to properly shoot the ball from you’re foot stance to the top of  your release, and to practice you’re form to where it becomes muscle memory, which basically means is that you don’t have to think about it anymore, it’s automatic and effortless.

Elite shooters like Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry wasn’t born with that ability, they just put in hours upon hours perfecting there craft. And if they can do it, you can do it too. In this section, were going through the ultimate guide to getting better at basketball shooting. This will be your foundation.

The Foundation Layout:

  1. Preparation
  2. Footwork
  3. Shot Pocket
  4. Ball Grip
  5. Off-hand
  6. Delivery
  7. Loading & Landing
  8. Follow Through



  • You should be low and in athletic stance, with hands ready to shoot.
  • Find the rim as soon as possible to improve accuracy
  • Don’t ball watch, keeps eyes focused on the rim



  • Feet are shoulder-width apart
  • Feet are in a staggered stance, you’re shooting foot should be in-front of you’re non-shooting foot
  • You can either direct you’re feet towards the rim or slightly to the side. I recommend slightly to the side because it makes for a more natural motion, but find whatever works best for you.
  • Bend you’re knees on every shot, gives you more power and fluidity to your shot
  •  Stay CONSISTENTfind the stance that works best for you and stick to it for every shot.


Shot Pocket

  • As you receive the ball, move it to shot pocket. (The start position of you’re jumpshot)
  • Keep everything tight and lined up towards the rim as you prepare to shoot you’re shot.
  • Keep the same shot pocket position for every shot. Consistency is key.


Ball Grip

  • Spread and flex you’re fingers along the seams of the ball, so you can create that backspin
  • The ball should be placed on you’re finger pads, not you’re palm. You should be able to insert two fingers between the ball and palm area.



  • all you’re off-hand does is provide security and guidance to you’re shot, it should not add force or spin to you’re shot
  • Your off-hand should be to the side of the ball
  • You’re off-hand should move from the ball as your releasing



  • The ball should go directly upward with elbow underneath the basketball
  • The ball should always stay in-front of you, it should never go behind you’re head
  • You’re body should uncoil all together. From your legs, core, shooting motion, follow-through
  • You’re elbow and wrist should all be aligned towards the rim
  • The ball should come roll off you’re index and middle, with back spin
  • You’re off-hand stays to the side and has no influence on the flight of the ball


Loading & Landing

  • Release the ball on the way up, not the way down
  • use legs to generate the power for you’re shot
  • You should land light as a feather



  • You’re wrist should be relaxed
  • You’re index and middle fingers should be directed at the rim
  • Finish High. Your elbow should be above your eyebrow, this makes for good arc
  • Put a tail on it. Hold follow through until ball hits the rim




A jumpshot is like a fingerprint, everyone is different. What works for you, might not work for the other person, but it is important to have the proper shooting mechanics implemented into your shot for consistency and accuracy. So find out what best works for you, and stay consistent with it.


4 thoughts on “The Ultimate Guide To Getting Better At Basketball Shooting

  1. awesome info. It’s been a long time since I had a basketball coach and just reading I can see the bad habits I have created thru the years LOL. I was always short so being a good shot was imperative. I am older now so do you have any tips for us seniors?

  2. Fantastic tips Garret – I just went out really quick and used the tip of resting the ball on my fingertips rather than my palm which I had been doing all along and DAMN! HUGE DIFFERENCE in scoring efficiency!

    I have a pretty good, natural motion using legs and the rest of the body works rather smoothly but that one tip made all the difference. I get a lot more effortless distance too.

    Quick question – these tips are spot on for set shots where one would seem to have a bit more time so would these principles also apply in a game situation where you need to get a shot off relatively quickly?

    1. These shooting tips are suppose to help you in shooting with a one motion shot so you can get the ball off quickly and accurately in the real game.

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