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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.

1. Great shooters have this mindset: When I’m hot, I shoot. When I’m off; I shoot till I get hot.

2. Great shooters don’t worry about the last shot (make or miss). They focus on the next shot because it is the only one they can have an effect on.

Bowen top J 23. Great shooters always believe ‘my next shot is good’ (even if they’ve missed several in a row).

4. Great shooters have routines and rituals; they are not haphazard when they work out. They practice game shots from game spots at game speed.

5. Great shooters don’t make 500 shots. They make one shot… 500 separate times. There is a BIG difference.

6. Great shooters don’t worry about perfect form, only the same form. They shoot the same way every time they shoot (from feet to follow through).

7. Great shooters go to the gym to make shots; not take shots. Anyone can take 500 shots. The name of the game is to put the ball in the basket.

8. Great shooters are always ‘shot ready’. Their feet, hands, eyes and mind are ready to shoot.

Ralfi Shot9. Great shooters know and maximize their shooting strengths. They know if they shoot better off the pass vs. off the dribble, if they shoot better going right vs. going left and what spots on the court they shoot the highest percentage. They shoot shots they can make and pass on the others.

10. Great shooters rarely miss right or left.

11. Great shooters know how to use screens effectively to get an open peek.

12. Great shooters are not great by accident or luck. They are great because they put in the work.

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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