6 Keys to quality shooting work

Assistant coach for the Boston Celtics and former College Head Coach Kevin Eastman has pioneered skill development and teaching methods for getting the best from players. In the article below Coach Eastman informs players and coaches alike on the key concepts to think about when practising shooting the ball.

Working on your game is not an easy thing, but below are tips to help you work on your overall practice habits as well as some shooting drills that can help you become an improved shooter. The general theme of these drills is to work hard and at game speed, while also maintaining form to your shot. Work on these skills and we have no doubt that you’ll become a better player.


1. Catch & Shoot (Spot Ups)

Catch and shoot is the best way to start a good shooting workout. It allows you to get into a rhythm and work on form with minimal movement. Simply pick a few spots, usually five going around the horn, and shoot ten shots from each spot. Have a rebounder giving you good outlet passes, and remember that although you’re not moving at a rapid pace around the floor, it is important to shoot shots at game speed.


2. Cut, Catch & Shoot

Now that you have a good sweat and rhythm going, it’s time to move to cut-catch-shoot. In this drill you’ll need a passer at the top of the key to give you the entry pass. Start foul line extended and use a ‘V’ cut (running to the low block and cutting back out towards the wing) to get yourself open. Remember to set the defender up when making the ‘V’. You want to walk the defender down to the low block, then quickly cut back out. After receiving the entry pass square up and shoot your shot. Do this drill on both sides of the court at game speed.


3. Shots Off The Dribble

This drill is similar to the above, but this time after catching the entry pass, take a few dribbles right and pull up for your jump shot, then repeat going to the left. As always make sure you go game speed.


4. Perfect the Form on All Shooting Drills

Another key to a good shooting workout is using proper form on each drill. That’s why we want to go game speed, so we’re used to using perfect form in game conditions. If you don’t go at game speed, when you do get into a game your form will be off.


5. Contest All Shots

These drills will be much more productive if you can find a partner to contest your shots. In game situations you most likely will have a hand in your face when you shoot, so practising that way will allow you to adjust to game situations. If you can’t find a partner, use a chair or trash-can to shoot behind.


6. Game Shots From Game Spots At Game Speed

Game speed has been a theme throughout this workout plan. Practising at game speed is vital to your workout regimen. If you don’t work on game situations at the same speed as you would in a game then your practice will not translate to games, and you’re basically wasting your time.

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