Shooting Emotion and Turn

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.