The Mental Game

12 Things That GREAT Shooters Do After many years of working with some of the best shooters in the world, I have learned that not everyone shoots the same way. However, there are some common threads, mostly mental, that run through with all great shooters.
In over 35 years of coaching and teaching basketball, I have developed a habit of taking everything I see and hear and relating it to basketball. Whether I am walking up a street, flying an airplane or playing golf, anything that I learn gets related to basketball.
  You might not know it to look at me now, but I was a pretty good player. I was not very big, not very quick nor did I possess any other special physical tools. Still I was good enough to play in high school, with some distinction, and go on to play major college basketball.
  As coaches, we try to prepare our players for every possible situation they might face in a game. When we teach skills, we try to present things that that will help our players to excel in every area. In our desire to create a formidable basketball entity (team or player), we don’t realize how complex we make the game for players. Taken individually, what we teach is not complex. However, once we start adding plays, options, contingencies, reads, film sessions, adjustments, etc., we take a simple task and make it extremely complex. We needlessly add to their cognitive load.…
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