Dell Curry is a former NBA player known for his shooting and his two sons: Steph Curry and Seth Curry. Here we will go through some of the 8 common shooting mistakes and how to fix them.
- Missing left to right
Probably the most common mistake and caused by incorrect positioning of the elbows. Make sure the elbows are in line to the basket and not flaring out to the side.
Drill: Find a backboard or a straight line on a wall. Shoot the basketball and try to hit the same spot everytime.
2. Arm blocking vision
Don’t let your arm block your vision, make sure both of your eyes can see the basket.
Drill: Find a spot on the wall. Go into your shooting stance, close each eye and make sure you can still see the dot. Keep repeating the shooting motion and make sure neither arm blocks your view.
3. Poor extension on shooting arm
If you don’t follow through and extend all the way at the top of your shot, this drill is for you.
Drill: Lie on the ground with ball in hand. Shoot the ball straight up and the ball should land straight back down. Remember to follow through.
4. Low point of release
You want to release the ball as high as you can. If you are shooting from the hip, it is easier to block. Steph Curry use to shoot from his chest but over one summer he worked with his dad to release the ball above his head.
Drill: Throw the ball to the backboard and catch the rebound without bringing it back down. Jump twice with the ball high and then shoot the ball. The key is to keep the ball high.
5. Two thumb shooters
If your guide hand is too involved meaning both thumbs are on the ball and pointing towards you then that’s a problem. You want your guide thumb to be pointing towards the ceiling when you are in a shooting stance.
Drill: Spin the ball and catch it. Make sure your guide hand is on the side and when you go into your stance it is pointing up.
6. Eliminating dip on your shot
Imagine this scenario: Catch the ball, dip (bend your knees) and then shoot or already in dip position and then catch and shoot. Which is faster? Dell Curry says you should do the work early and already be in a dip position when you catch to have a quicker release.
Drill: Spin the ball and catch the ball in dip position.
7. Drifting on jump shot
Again, missing infront or behind the basket is better than missing left or right. On a jumpshot, if you land to the left or right of where you started then you’re drifting. You want to either stay in the same spot or jump forward a little.
Drill: Mark a spot on the floor and take a shot. Make sure you land on the same spot after every shot.
8. Guide hand not level with shooting hand
You want your guide hand to be level with your shooting hand until the point of release. If you leave your guide hand too early then players tend to push the ball or lose control.
Drill: Find a mirror and without a basketball, go into your shooting motion. At the point of release, pause and check if your guide hand is level with your shooting hand.
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