Good Shooting Form
vs Bad Shooting Form

If you have followed the Pro Shot System you know that we believe in certain techniques of shooting which include: Shooting alignment (the turn), rhythm in a shot (the dip), the shoulders (sweep and sway) and a quality release.

While we believe in shooting mechanics, we also realize there is no right and wrong way to shoot a basketball.  There are only more efficient ways.

We have all seen players with beautiful shooting form and chances are pretty good those individuals are quality shooters.  If you have good form, you will probably be a good shooter.  But what about the player with poor shooting form?  Is that player doomed to ever becoming a quality shooter?

Recently I was conducting a Pro Shot camp in Eugene, Oregon.  There was a 14 year old boy with awful form and yet the ball would go in the basket quite frequently.  Finally about half way through the camp I asked him, “Do you play another sport besides basketball?”  He answered, “Only basketball.”  I then asked him, “How much do you practice your shooting?”  He responded, “Four hours every day.”

If you looked up gym rat in the dictionary this kid’s picture would appear.  He had become a quality shooter (even though it was painfully slow) through reps only and not via mechanics and form.

There is a belief by many coaches, trainers, parents and players that the best way to become a quality shooter is through reps and that shooting mechanics are not important.  This only works if that player spends hour after hour each day practicing his shot.  At Pro Shot, we believe the best shooters normally have quality form (Curry, Redick, Kyrie, Diana Taurasi etc.), but we constantly hear coaches say, “What about Jamaal Wilkes? What about Matt Bonner?  They have weird form, but they can shoot it.”

We believe that with enough reps a player might be able to overcome a lack of shooting form.  Notice we said might.

In December I was in Iowa conducting a camp for middle school and high school players.  The head varsity coach introduced me to his “gym rat.”  The player was a freshman point guard who was taught by his father the traditional ways to shoot.  In other words, ten toes to the basket, don’t dip, shoot up and down etc.  The boy would shoot 500 shots a day, six days a week.  He was also strong and in great physical shape.  He was committed, serious and rarely cracked a smile.  As he shot, he was very tense and was continually short on his shot.  Despite his shooting regimen, he was not a quality shooter.

On the opposite basket was his 7th grade brother.  For some reason his father either had not taught him the “traditional” ways of shooting or he had not listened.  He turned, dipped, and had his shoulders back as he shot.  He smiled often (he was a goofy seventh grader) and had fun when he shot.  His body type was not as strong as his brother and was actually a little overweight.  But he made his shots.  I asked him, “How much do you practice?”  He responded, “Few days a week for an hour each time.”

How could this happen?  How could the younger brother be a better shooter than the older brother?  The older brother was stronger, more serious minded and committed and shot 75% more reps than little brother and yet, the little brother was a better shooter.  The answer comes down to mechanics.

Chris Mullin once said, “A player with poor form needs to practice eight times more than a player with good mechanics.”  The question is: Do you really think your players have the ample time to become quality shooters by reps only?  Do you really think they will shoot four hours a day?  Of course not.

There are some young players that spend more time on NBA 2K than shooting in the driveway.  We guarantee that today’s youth spend less time shooting than they did 30 years ago.  Technology has not helped the jump shot.

If your players play three sports, do you really believe they can succeed by just repping?  Probably not.  The easiest way to become a quality shooter is focusing on mechanics with constant reps.  It just makes sense.