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Thoughts About Shooting Drills

With practicing starting throughout college basketball and it will soon start in high school gyms, it is time to focus on shooting drills.  Coaches love drills and at times we all can be overly infatuated...

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Einstein, Reps and Shooting Form

Albert Einstein once said that true insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” We believe Einstein is correct. There is also a belief in basketball that you become...

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What Does Squaring Up Actually Mean?

Have you ever shot a gun? Do you square your feet or do you point your shooting shoulder and hip to the target? Have you ever played darts? Good dart players align their hip, elbow...

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Coaches: Do you Have Time For Skills in Practice?

We have spoken before that there are three main aspects in coaching basketball in a practice: scheming (plays, sets etc), motivation (getting your players to play with intensity which includes defense, rebounding, loose balls etc)...

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The Story of the Pro Shot System

My name is Paul Hoover and I am the Founder of the Pro Shot Shooting System. Rarely do I talk about my past and how I developed this shooting program. Today I want to explain...

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Letter to Coaches and Directors

Dear Coaches and Program Directors, As we get closer to the season there are three important questions that you might want to ask yourself. 1) Is shooting important? Not just three point shooting, but the...

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Fixing the Problem

The Pro Shot System starts with shooting mechanics. We believe mechanics and reps must work together. Imagine a house without a strong structure. Imagine a human body without a skeleton. That’s what shooting mechanics are....

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Are Shooters Born or Created?

Are shooters born or are they created over time? Amazingly there is a large percentage of coaches, players and trainers that believe a basketball shooter is born. In other words, they come out of the...

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When Coaches Make No Sense

So why do so many players struggle with shooting? Why are there so many bricklayers across North America? It’s really simple. Shooting is not being taught.   In February, 2014 a Midwest scouting service asked...

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Five Questions About the Shooting Dip

  “To dip or not to dip? That is the question.” As Pro Shot travels the highways and byways of North America we see a tremendous amount of coaches who are anti-dip. In other words...

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What is the Pro Shot Shooting System?

We get asked constantly by players, trainers, parents and coaches, “What is Pro Shot?” Why is it different than most shooting programs?” The Pro Shot Shooting System is a self-correcting shooting program based on biomechanics...

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The Two Ways to be an Accurate Shooter

At Pro Shot, we believe that shooting mechanics are important to becoming a quality shooter. They are really vital. There is a belief that if you go out and practice shooting a basketball you will...

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Shooting Drills and Keeping Shot Straight

Basketball coaches love shooting drills and reps. There is a belief throughout the basketball coaching fraternity that to be a successful shooter all you need to do is shoot a lot of reps through drills....

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Squaring and Turning on the Jump Shot

Here’s a question that we have asked hundreds of times to coaches and no one seems to know the true answer. We ask, “When a coach says squared up, does that mean he/she means squared...

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Why Players Fail at Shooting

How can you fix a problem if you don’t understand the problem? You can’t. As Pro Shot travels the highways and byways of North America, we always ask our campers, “There are four directions a...

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Should Shooting be Taught in Summer Camps?

Summer is here which means it is the time for summer basketball camps. Every where you look there are summer basketball camps and that should be a good thing. Right? Anytime you can get youngsters...

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Why Big Men Can’t Shoot Free Throws

Free throw shooting is a crucial part to winning games and it often determines 5-6 wins for a team during a season. The problem is that a high percentage of big men simply can’t make...

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Getting Fired About PT is So Wrong!

In the past two weeks, two friends of Pro Shot were fired from their coaching jobs (one was at a New Jersey High School and one was at a NAIA College). The reason, “Parents were...