ray-allen-three-pointers-nba-finals-game-6

LAST THOUGHTS ON THE SHOOTING DIP

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.

ray ray

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.

michael_jordan_1997

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.

DSC01055

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.

DO YOU BELIEVE?