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How to Become a Better Shooter – Instantly

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I was watching television the other day and two media types were debating how good a shooter a particular player is. They were debating range, statistics and were comparing him to other players. Some interesting points came out. So interesting that I think all players should understand them.

What Is a Good Shooter?

Before you become a good shooter, you have to determine what a good shooter is. Is it someone who has perfect form? J. J. Redick of the Orlando Magic is a textbook shooter he had a great career in college but can't get off the bench in the NBA. Apparently, his textbook form did not make him a good enough shooter to get him on the court.
Carlos Aroyo 008For my money, a good shooter is one who puts the ball in the basket. Is Shaquille O'Neil a good shooter? Based upon his shooting percentage, I would say that he is. How about LaBron James? He is a great scorer but only shoots 30% from beyond the 3-point line. However, his overall shooting percentage is 50%. I would say that Labron is a good shooter.

I think that studying these 3 players will give you a key as to how to be a better shooter.

The Key

How can Shaq be a good shooter? He can't make a basket beyond 10 feet. You are right, however, have you seen him take a shot from beyond 10 feet? I know I never have. Why should he when he can be more effective and make a big percentage of his shots inside 10 feet?

If LaBron shoots 50% from the floor while only shooting 30% from beyond the 3, what must his shooting percentage be from inside the 3?

The reason why both of these players can be called good shooters is because a majority of the shots they take are shots they can make. That is the key to being a good shooter.

I think a good shooter is one who puts the ball in the basket. I don't care where it is shot from, if the shot doesn't go in, it doesn't count.

J. J. Redick is a pure shooter with great form who takes a majority of his shots from long range. If it doesn't go in, it doesn't count. The result is that Redick is a career 41% shooter.

Become a Better Shooter Today

Bowen FSAll things being equal, meaning that you understand that you have to work on your shot every day. To truly become a good shooter you have to get in hundreds, possibly thousands, of repetitions to ingrain your fundamentals. You know that the more you practice, the more consistent you will be. But none of that matters unless you take shots that you can make.

Making a couple of long ones might make you feel good, they may make the fans ooh and aah, but you have to decide if you can make enough shots to be good at it? If not, take fewer. Take more shots that you can make.

If you want to be a better shooter over time, develop a workout program that will give you enough repetitions and enough work to make you consistent. Surely, that should be a part of every player's routine. If you want to become a better shooter today, take more shots you can make and less shots that you can't make.

It's that simple.

Don Kelbick

Coach Don Kelbick has had 27 years of coaching experience, 25 at the college level including 14 years as a head coach and 10 years as a Division I assistant including stops at Hofstra University, Marist College, Keene State College, and Florida International University. In 2 years as a high school coach, his teams produced 6 Division I players and was ranked #1 in Florida 28 out of a possible 34 weeks. In addition to coaching he has scouted for NBA teams, including the Knicks and the Hawks, and served as a general manager in the USBL.

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