Trying and Shooting

Dear Basketball Shooting Enthusiasts,

Trying is a word that we have been brought up with. Parents are often heard to say, “Just try it. You might like it.” Coaches have been known to say, “Always Keep trying.”

For shooting and basketball skills, the word trying can actually be a negative word.

At Pro Shot, we get emails from players constantly that say, “Coach, I’m trying to put my release above the rim the rim. But I cant.” “I’m trying to sweep and sway, but it isn’t working.” “I’m trying to dip, but I’m not dipping.”

This is simply madness.

Yoda basically said it best in the movie Empire Strikes Back–”Do or do not. There is no try.”

In other words, you do something, or you don’t do something, but you don’t try to do something.

Little kids love the word trying. “I’m trying to brush my teeth.” “I’m trying to be neat.” “I’m trying to hit the ball ball.”

Responsible people don’t use the word try. Could you imagine Kobe Bryant saying, “I’m trying to make my shot.”

Could you imagine a pilot saying, “I’m trying to fly the plane.” Could you imagine a salesman telling his boss,”I’m trying to make sale.”

They would get laughed at.

If you want to teach your players to become great shooters, tell them to stop trying. “Just do it.” If you want to become a great shooter, stop trying. Think– “Just do it.”

As Homer Simpson would say, “Trying is the first step towards failure.” For shooting this is actually an accurate comment.



Dear Coaches, Players and Parents,

If you have been following the Pro Shot System for a while, you realize that we are very fond of the shooting dip. After doing much research during the past 18 months, we have discovered the dipping motion on the jump shot is a crucial element to accuracy, power and overall rhythm.

We realize a high percentage of coaches and players believe you shouldn’t dip simply because that’s what they were taught. For this reason, we have decided the only way to convince coaches, trainers and players that dipping the ball is an important component is to show multiple videos on the subject.

Below is the next video installment regarding the shooting dip and four additional videos that we have produced in the past 18 months.

There is an old saying that, “Film doesn’t lie.” At Pro Shot we believe this to be true. We have broken down the best collegiate, WNBA and NBA players during the past four decades. Currently we have 12,000 film clips of players shooting and it is nearly impossible to find a quality shooter who doesn’t dip. The great ones all dip.

We are big fans of research and I believe the majority of coaches that oppose the dip don’t do research when it comes to shooting. They take “the word” from their friends or past coaches and question no further. For the longest time, I believed the dip was “evil” to young shooters. That if you dipped your shot would be slower and easy to block. I was wrong.

Having an open mind is the best quality a coach can possess. I have always prided myself in keeping an open mind in the game of basketball. Our belief is simple: If there is a more efficient way of doing something that betters my players, we will change.

Thankfully, 18 months ago, a good friend of mine Craig Impelman, who is founder and director of the John Wooden Course, changed my mind regarding the dip. Craig, a former assistant coach at UCLA, told me, “The best shooters dip the ball.” He was 100% correct.

The question you have to ask yourself is, “Do you want your players shooting like college and professional players?” Sounds like a dumb question, but I have had countless coaches that have told me, “Younger players should shoot like younger players and high school players should NOT shoot like professional or collegiate shooters. They should shoot like high school players.”

Is there another sport beside basketball that would ever dare say such things? Baseball hitting instructors want their players to copy the best swings in the game. Same thing with pitching coaches. A quarterback coach wants their players to throw like the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

The best men and women shooters dip. They have been dipping for decades and will continue to dip for many more to come.