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Last Word On The Dip

In the last installment regarding the Shooting Dip we examine the past, present and future of the dip and hear words from NBA players Ray Allen, Damian Lillard and Jeremy Lin regarding the dip.

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SHOOTING TURN AND EMOTION

Dear Basketball Shooting Enthusiasts,

Recently I came across a quote from Dale Carnegie that read, “When dealing with people, remember that you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but with creatures of emotion.”

Basketball shooting can definitely be put in a category regarding creatures of emotion. When we talk to players, parents, trainers and coaches about shooting mechanics we often get individuals that are overwhelmed with emotion that their way is “the right way.” The only way.

We must realize that there is no right way or wrong way to shoot a basketball. There are only efficient ways and inefficient ways. Shooting a basketball is all about anatomy, kinesiology and physics. The body working together efficiently void of tension and full of rhythm.

During the past ten years we have received great resistance by emotion filled players, parents and coaches regarding our belief in the TURN. At Pro Shot, we believe it is crucial to square the shooting shoulder and hip to the basket instead of the feet and shoulders.

We have said this before and we will say it again, the biggest belief in basketball is that a player MUST square their feet to the basket. But this simply makes little if any sense.

Lets simplify shooting. If you hold the ball in the middle of your chest, you are basically a two handed shooter. If you are a two handed shooter you must square up because you are using both shoulders and arms to shoot. If you hold the ball to the side or you are a one handed shooter. You must turn your shoulders and square your shooting shoulder and hip.

I can’t name a player in the NBA that squares both feet to the basket throughout the shot. When you land, your shoulder must be aligned to the basket. If you square your feet, your elbow will flair out forcing the shot to not align and miss to the side consistently.

Lastly, when a player squares the shoulders, both shoulders will “rise” into the neck forcing great tension into the neck and shoulder region. When you align the shooting shoulder and hip and turn the feet, it allows one shoulder to dominate the shot. The shooting shoulder “rises” while the off shoulder relaxes and drops and there is much less or no tension in the shoulders and neck.

Squaring the feet makes little sense. The main reason why a high percentage of coaches teach it is simply because that’s what they were taught by all their coaches. In other words, we are “creatures” of habit or of our past.

I would hope that you can watch the video below and realize that seeing is believing. While I know everyone out there is busy, take some time to not only watch the video but then go on YouTube and watch great shooters and see how they shoot. You might be surprised at what you see.

VIDEO: Basketball Shooting Mechanics (& the Turn)

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SHOOTING GUIDE: GOALS, PATIENCE & UNDERSTANDING MISSES

Dear Coaches and Program Directors,

Hopefully your summer is going well and all your players are hitting their shots. We wanted to send you our most recent shooting video which we believe is one of the most important videos we have produced. The link is below and I hope you have time to look at it.

When we attend basketball camps and talk to young players we are generally amazed at the small amount of knowledge players have in regards to shooting. What they know is the “text book” responses of hold your follow-through and always blame the legs when you miss.

We all know younger players and poor shooters miss to the sides, but why? In the beginning of all Pro Shot camps we ask, “Why would a shooter miss to the sides?”

We are truly amazed at how few players are stumped at the question. We get all responses from “not squared enough” to “not bending your legs.” How can a player correct their misses if they don’t understand why or where they are missing? They can’t.

Players miss predominately to the side because their hand or arm pulls to the side. It’s really that simple. But few actually understand this. The video below talks in detail about conquering the beast called shooting. At Pro Shot we get bombarded by emails that say the same thing: “I cant shoot. I miss all over the place. Help me!!!

Becoming a consistent shooter is all about solving the problem. You basically have to understand the direction that you are missing. If you can’t understand how you are missing then you will keep missing.

A high percentage of high school and middle school players have no clue how they are missing. Could you imagine taking the same exam over and over again and you keep getting the same questions wrong. This is what is occurring with many of our players in regards to shooting.

There is nothing more frustrating than watching a player miss shot after shot in the same direction. We believe it is imperative to explain to players the importance of understanding how and why they are missing.

We truly find it amazing that the majority of high school and middle school players do not understand that there are four different ways a player can miss (left, right, short and long). When we ask at the beginning of camp what directions can a player miss, we usually get blank stares. We would estimate that 70% of all players don’t know this. How is this possible?

Coaches need to explain the ways to miss and why a player misses. Players without knowledge will suffer. There is an old belief that you don’t teach shooting. You just shoot the ball. We disagree 100% with this belief.

We hope all coaches reading this are teaching shooting mechanics this summer. Also, please take time to watch this short video. It fully explains correcting errors, goal setting and having patience in shooting.

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NEVER TOO OLD TO LEARN!

Dear Coaches and Program Directors,

There is an old saying of: “Youre never old to learn.” This weekend that adage was 100% correct.

On Friday Pro Shot conducted a camp in Indiana with Pat Rady who retired this past season after head varsity coaching for 50 years. His 739 wins ranks him second in Indiana basketball history. Coach Rady has handed the varsity coaching reigns to his son at Cloverdale, but he has admitted that you are never too old to learn. Coach Rady is a big believer in the Pro Shot Shooting System.

On Saturday Pro Shot was in Poplar Bluffs, MO conducting a camp at Three Rivers Community College. The head coach Gene Bess is a legend who has been tinkering with Pro Shot the past few months. How good of a coach is Gene Bess? He is the all-time winningest coach in College basketball history with 1,169 wins (he also had 250 high school varsity wins). He has won two National Championships and has a .793 winning percentage.

Coach Bess told me on Saturday that he embraces change and will be using the Pro Shot System this year.

It’s true. You are never too old to learn. If you are open minded then good things will happen to you. If you are close minded, you are doomed to fail. I have had many coaches say to me, “It must be hard to get the older coaches to believe in your System.” I believe its actually the other way around. Everyday we get new “believers” that are have been coaching for decades. Often times it is the young coach that is the most resistant to change

Last year I came to New Jersey to talk with Hall of Fame Coach, Bob Hurley. I was watching his team at St Anthony’s warm up and Coach Hurley comes up to me and says, “Take over. Teach them to shoot.” For the next two hours Coach Hurley (he has 1,100 high school wins) wrote down notes as I guided his players through the System. He enjoyed it so much that I returned a week later for another session.

So why do legends like Pat Rady, Gene Bess and Bob Hurley “get it” and other less successful coaches are reluctant to change. It really is all about Pride. The number one reason why coaches are reluctant to change is pride. It is a word that can simply destroy a coaching career. I ask coaches all the time “How well do your players shoot?”

They often respond, “We do not shoot the ball well.”

I then respond, “I have this system that really works. I can send you my ebook and I have 80 plus free videos on the System.”

I would estimate 90% of all coaches say, “That’s ok. Im going to keep teaching what I was taught.” That is 100% pride. You dont have to use the entire Pro Shot System. There are six components as a whole, but if you use two or three of these components, you will see improvement in your players. That what coaching is all about–seeing improvement in your players.

I would hope you would get a chance to go to my website this summer and check out the ebook “Pro Shooting Secrets, the videos and articles. I hope all coaches reading this are open to change and have eliminated pride from their coaching character. I think out of the box and embrace change if it can better my students. I hope you do the same.

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“ADAPT OR DIE” PHILOSOPHY

Dear Coaches and Program Directors,

Recently I watched the movie, “Moneyball” for the umpteenth time. If you are a coach and you haven’t seen it, you’re missing out. It is a movie about out of the box thinking.

There is a scene in Moneyball in which Oakland A’s General Manager, Billy Beane says to his top scout, “Adapt or die.” There In one sentence is how I look at shooting a basketball.

We were all taught to shoot a basketball from our coaches. Who taught them? Probably their coaches. Much of the information we have been taught over the years regarding shooting has been handed down from generation to generation. And there lies the problem. A VERY high percentage of what many coaches believe about shooting are beliefs from the 1930′s.

As coaches we are generally a product of our past. We want to believe what we have been taught is correct. I have actually had coaches tell me, “My coaches would never lie to me. So I believe them.” It’s not about lying, however. They often don’t know.

Accurate shooting is about biomechanics– The body (muscles, bones, tendons) working together efficiently to produce a comfortable and tension free shooter. Shooting a basketball is really Kinesiology 101. Accurately shooting a basketball is also about physics as well.

Coaches that believe in our shooting system generally are Math, Science and PE people. Their brains work to solve problems. They see the athlete in a different light. Most understand that physics and biomechanics are huge in determining an athlete’s success on the playing field. They often see basketball as a never ending evolution.

Coaches that have History backgrounds often see basketball in a historical light. I have heard history coaches actually tell me, “This is the way I was taught how to shoot and this is the way my dad was taught how to shoot and this is the way I will teach it.” In other words they don’t believe in the “Adapt or die” philosophy.

Please understand that there is no one way to shoot a basketball. Trust me, when you host 600+ camps a year, you see every way possible to shoot. There is, however, more efficient ways to shoot a basketball.

When I think back to what I was taught in regards to shooting a basketball, it is a wonder I ever made a shot. “Square the feet. Bend those knees. Start your shot high. Don’t dip the ball. Shoot up and down. Shoulder width.” I heard those commandments every day and yet these are all biomechanically flawed concepts.

We would hope you take time as a coach this summer to think about Billy Beane’s words of “Adapt or die.”

There are different reasons why some coaches coach. Some do it because of the money and perks. Some do it because they have a sense of power when they stand on the sidelines. We would hope the majority coach to help young athletes become better players and people. That being said, isn’t improving the player’s shooting skills important?

I created the below video last month, but I believe this needs to be shown once again to fully understand the power of having an open mind, trust and what we teach often has a lasting impact decades later.

Our website has over 80 videos that focus on biomechanics, physics, and change. They are all free and I hope you get a chance to look at these videos. Summer is a great time to take a step back and evaluate on better ways to improve your players. We hope the Pro Shot System is in your plans.

Click Here for VIDEO: Basketball’s #1 Rule–Question Everything

DO YOU BELIEVE?