My assistant director, Matt Williamson found a quote recently in a recruiting manual for college. I believe it is actually brilliant.

“People will not believe what you tell them.
They will believe some of what you show them.
They will believe most of what their friends tell them.
But they will believe all what they tell themselves.”

I agree with this, but I do believe there is a slight error in this quote. If you tell a person once they won’t believe you. If multiple people tell a person something a thousand times, they are prone to believe that information.

What am I babbling about this Sunday morning? Let’s focus on the art of shooting.

We were all pretty much taught the same way to shoot. Feet squared to the basket, shoot straight up and down, keep the ball high, shoulder width position, stare at the rim. These are the LAWS OF SHOOTING. Shooting’s Greatest Commandments.

Growing up I wasn’t a great shooter because I listened to my coaches. As I always say, I looked less like Jerry West and more like a constipated Elvis when I shot the ball. My friends weren’t great shooters and the community around me couldn’t shoot the ball. Why? Because we all believed in the Laws of Shooting.

So over 20 years I have developed this Shooting System after talking with the best shooters, watching the best shooters and doing research, I have done thousands upon thousands of hours of shooting research. What I discovered are the Laws of Shooting is actually the real reason why players struggle with shooting.

Coaches either hate my System or they love it. There’s no in between. The coaches that love it are generally students of the game–the current game. They watch the game and study the game. They are into biomechanics and believe shooting mechanics is the biggest reason why a player can and can not accurately shoot the ball. They watch the best shooters in the world and realize they they use the turn, the dip, the sway and have great release.

One of my assistant coaches in New Jersey, Scott Dadika called me last week and said, “I been watching college basketball all weekend. All the players turn, dip, sway. How do people not see it? It’s right on the TV screen.” I responded back, “Because they don’t want to see it.”

And then we get the haters. I call them the traditionalists of the game. They believe basketball is basically the same sport as played in the 1940’s. They believe Jimmy Chickwood (the scorer from Hoosiers) is the truth. They actually believe the best shooters in the world square the feet, shoot up and down, don’t dip, are should width etc. Their belief is “This is how I was taught and this is how I will teach it!”

The million dollars question is HOW CAN ANYONE NOT SEE IT? How can these coaches not understand that the game has changed? Watch a game of basketball on the TV. Watch the NBA, watch the Madness of March in College Basketball, watch any quality high school player. They don’t shoot like the ways that we were generally taught.

Biomechanics is huge in shooting and the game has changed and will continue to change. I know there will are coaches out there that will say, “Well, those are college players. They can do that stuff you talk about. But my players aren’t athletic to do that.” I have fourth graders that we train that will out shoot most high school varsity players because they don’t use the outdated Laws of Shooting.

Do you care about your players becoming more skilled? If you answer “yes” then are you teaching outdated shooting techniques? I hate when coaches say, “The reason my players can’t shoot well is because they don’t practice.”

Most youngsters and teenagers are smart. They don’t practice because they do not see themselves improving in shooting. They have practiced before and they haven’t gotten much better so they figure, “Why practice. It’s a waste of time.” If they see themselves actually improving in shooting, chances are they will practice more.

I hope you get a chance to WATCH shooters during the NCAA tournament and realize that they do not use the outdated Laws of Shooting. Coaches generally watch offensive and defensive schemes, timeout situations, match-ups and substitution patterns. Watch a few games focusing on how players actually shoot. You might be surprised at what you see.