How to shoot a jump shot

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Whether you’re a pro NBA player or an amateur, there’s nothing like the silky smooth “swish” of a jump shot that hits nothing but net. The act of shooting a jump shot is an art form when executed by masters like Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Hakeem Olajuwon, and many others. Like all basketball fundamentals, improving your jump shot is a matter of starting with basic fundamentals and building into advanced techniques with plenty of practice.

How to shoot a jump shot

How to shoot a jump shot

How to shoot a jump shot

How to shoot a jump shot

How to shoot a jump shot

How to shoot a jump shot

How to shoot a jump shot

How to shoot a jump shot

Taylor Rochestie
Professional Basketball Player Expert Interview. 13 July 2021. The ball should roll off of your shooting hand, touching your index finger last. At this point, your shooting hand and arm should look roughly like you pinching your index finger and thumb together, with your other fingers higher. After you release the ball, let your shooting arm come down naturally, making sure you have turned your hips towards your opposite hand, landing with your feet pointed between 20 and 90 degrees towards your opposite hand.

  • Try to get in the habit of releasing the ball at the top of your jump. Though you can make shots if you shoot earlier or later, doing so tends to make your shots jerky and inaccurate. [7] X Research source Also, releasing at the top of your jump gives you an advantageous shooting position — it’s harder for defenders to block you when you’re high in the air.

How to shoot a jump shot

Introduction: How to Shoot a Jump Shot

The jump shot is one of a basketball players most useful and necessary skills. Being able to shoot a proper jump shot differentiates the great players from the average players. Shooters like Wilt Chamberlain, Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Ray Allen mastered this skill and used it to take their teams and themselves to new heights. Learning how to properly shoot a jump shot is key to any aspiring basketball player and like all of the fundamentals, improving your jump shot is a matter of starting with the basics, properly practicing the technique, and then moving on to more advanced techniques. Let’s start with the basics.

Step 1: Footing

First, start with your feet. Your feet should be shoulder width apart and facing about 10-45 degrees towards your none shooting hand or the support hand. This allows the rest of the body, most importantly the shooting arm and chest to be aligned with the basket you are shooting at. Your positioning of your feet is very important to your shot because it can have a large effect on the accuracy, power, and quickness of your shot. If your feet are too close you lose accuracy from a weak start, if they are too wide you lose power and quickness of your shot resulting in either too short of a shot or a shot that can easily be blocked.

Step 2: Bending the Knees

Next are the knees, bend the knees enough to give you a nice cushion to be able to jump when you shoot. Don’t bend them too much or try to jump to the absolute maximum of your jumping height, this will throw of your accuracy and isn’t necessary. Practice this set up, practice slowly getting into the proper position and then speed it up, jogging into the correct form and then running into it so that you can set up for a jump shot no matter if you’re taking a stationary jump shot or moving into one. Now that you have the footing and jump down pick a spot that you want to practice the shot in, preferably a distance that isn’t overly taxing for you to get the ball to the rim. Any area around the free throw line or elbows of the key would work best.

Step 3: Shooting Form Set-up

Next is bringing the ball into shooting position. Dip the ball to your shooting side waist or thigh. Spread your fingers and hold the ball with your fingertips to get as much control of the ball as possible while positioning your shooting hand (your dominate hand) behind the ball so that the back of this hand faces directly away from the basket.

Step 4: None Shooting Hand Placement

Position your non-shooting hand on the side of the ball so that the thumb on this hand points toward your forehead. Your non-shooting hand is very important for your shot, do not neglect it! Though your non-shooting hand doesn’t give your shot any power, it’s largely responsible for your shots control and balance. To see how important your non-shooting hand is try shooting a shot without your non-shooting hand to steady the ball. It can be very difficult and greatly lengthens the time it takes for your shot to get out of your hand. Now let’s move on to the rest of the shot.

Step 5: The Motion of the Shot

Now we get to the actual motion of the jump shot. Bend your knees and jump, push your legs up and launch your body straight up into the air. As you jump you will want to keep the shooting arm in line with the basket, think of the shooting are as a catapult. You want to keep the arm of the catapult in line with its target otherwise it will veer off course and accuracy will be seriously affected. As you are jumping you want to bring the ball up from the shooting side waist or thigh up to in front of the body. When the upper part of the shooting arm is horizontal to the body the elbow and wrist should be at 90 degree angles.

Step 6: Start of the Shot

Once this proper shooting arm placement is achieved you want to start pushing the ball up and toward the basket so that the ball would fly in an arc toward the basket. The arc that you get on the ball is very important, too flat of a shot makes the basket a much smaller target to hit while putting too much arc on the ball makes the shot a much more difficult shot due to the extra strength it needs. The ball should fall straight into the basket or at a slight angle. Now as you straighten the arm for your shot make sure it stays in line with your body.

Step 7: The Shot and Follow Through

When you have reached the top of your shot and the shooting arm is almost fully extended flick your wrist forward toward the basket to shoot the ball. The extension of the arm is the power of the shot and the flick of the wrist adds the movement forward that carries that ball to the basket. The non-shooting arm should follow the ball all the way to the top of the shot and then simply let the ball be guided by the shooting hand for the shot. Now me move on to the follow through. The follow through is very important for your shots consistency. After the release of the ball you should carry through with the full extension of the arm and hold it there along with the non-shooting hand until you reach the ground. The you are done with the jump shot.

Step 8: Where to Aim

So where should you aim while you shoot your jump shot? Well there are a few different opinions on this matter and really it changes from player to player. If you find that you are over shooting the basket or the ball is going too far you should aim for the front of the rim. Imagine the ball sliding right past the front of the rim. If your shot is falling too short or not going far enough, then aim for the back of the rim. Think of the ball entering the hoop right before it would hit the back of the rim.

Step 9: Practice!

Now comes practice, practice, and more practice. Start off by taking it slow, get your technique and rhythm down for your jump shot. Building the muscle memory for your jump shot to be the proper technique is crucial so that your body will always use the correct technique to shoot a jump shot. Once you’ve got the muscle memory down and are confident in your shot you can move on to trying more advanced shots like the pump fake then shot, fade away jumper, pull-up jumper, or the turnaround jump shot. Good luck and practice hard!

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How to shoot a jump shot

Introduction: How to Perfect the Jump Shot

A very good skill to have when playing the game of basketball is to have an exceptional jump shot. Technique and form play a huge roll in how successful the jump shot is. The steps provided below give you a very good overview of that technique and form.

Step 1: Athletic Position

The first step in being an excellent shooter is to get yourself in an athletic position. Being in this position time after time will get you a quicker release and a great form time after time.

Step 2: Bend Your Knees

The next step is to bend your knees. Bending your knees gives the shot more arc and some extra power to get the ball to the rim.

Step 3: Keep the Ball Close

On the way up to your shot, it is good to keep the ball close to the body as it will give you a little space from the defender and it will give the shot a good backspin.

Step 4: Elbow Bent

Keeping the elbow bent will not only give the shot great backspin but, will give it good arc and a better chance of going in the hoop.

Step 5: Arm Locked

Once the shot has been released, locking the elbow will give it a better push on the ball and it is a great follow through.

Step 6: Pointer to Thumb

With this follow through it will give great backspin but also provide the shot with great capability of going in the hoop.

Step 7: The Perfect Jump Shot

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Great basketball shooters are made, not born. Besides talent, a good shooter requires excellent coaching and many hours of practice—at game speed. Practice at the same level of intensity with which you play games.

A good shooter can shoot following a pass or off the dribble. When shooting off the dribble, make the last dribble hard and high to help you move directly into your shot. When receiving a pass, run the ball into your hands and bend your knees when you catch the ball.

To be a great shooter, you must repeat the correct form thousands of times and have complete confidence in your shot. If you second guess yourself, you will miss shots.

Jump Shot Drills

Warm Up

Groove Shooting. Work from the short corner at mid-range. This is a warm-up, so don’t worry about speed. Concentrate on your footwork and follow through. (2-3 minutes).

Drop Steps. From the right and left block, perform a drop step using any move you want. (2-3 minutes).

Turn-Around Jumpers. From mid-range, catch and face the basket with no dribble and shoot a jumper. (2-3 minutes).

Chair Pull-Ups. Place chairs at the left and right elbows. Place a ball in each chair. Stay low as you take the ball out of the chair, dribble once and shoot. Cut to the second chair, staying low as you go into your shot. Have a rebounder replace the balls on the chairs. Run this drill at game speed for a set time or until you make a certain number of shots.

Chair 3’s. Place three chairs in a row behind the 3-point line. Sprint from half court and have a teammate pass you the ball as you get to the chairs. Do not make contact with the chairs. On your shot, go straight up and straight back down. Backpedal to half court, then sprint back to the chairs. Perform on the left and right wings and in the middle. Run this drill at game speed for a set time, or until you sink a predetermined number of shots.

Do’s and Donts for Shooters

Practice correct form by focusing on these tips during your shots.


  • Know your range
  • Know a good shot when you see one
  • Step into the ball to get the shot off more quickly when receiving a pass
  • Make yourself a good target for passers
  • Use shot fakes to get by the defense
  • Lift your elbow, follow through and reach for the cookie jar
  • Practice at game speed

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You don’t have to be Stephen Curry to shoot three-pointers. In fact, you can get better at shooting three-pointers quickly just by making simple adjustments to your form and practicing some basic techniques. We’ll walk you through everything you need to do to start scoring more three-point shots on the court. Check out the steps below to get started!

The best thing to do to get a better jump shot is to practice, the more shots you take the more your body will inhibit muscle memory. Shooting is as much about repetition as it is about talent. Practicing shots from different parts of the court is also important, this way if you face this shot in a game you will be more prepared. В

Table of Contents

  • More tips on improving a jump shot
  • Basic drills for improving a jump shot
  • Shooting more shots

More tips on improving a jump shot

Players who want to make their jump shot better often begin close to the basket and move their way back. Then, the more comfortable a player is from that distance, they will expand outward until they can make a consistent two-point shot followed by a three-point shot. Additionally, it is important to practice one’s shooting form. The best way to practice shooting form is to remember an acronym called BEEF, or Balance, Eyes, Elbow, and Follow-Through. If a player follows this acronym when shooting and practices from close range and moves their distance out, they can become a much better shooter, especially with their jump shot.

Basic drills for improving a jump shot

There are basic drills for improving a jump shot. One of these drills is putting the ball in the palm of your dominant hand and shooting the ball with just that hand from a couple of feet away from the basket. What this does is it helps a player with his or her shooting form and gets them comfortable shooting at a close range. After this, the player can take a step back and shoot again with the same form. They should do this until they feel comfortable putting their non-dominant hand on the side of the ball for guidance and shot strength. That hand is called the “guide hand” because players don’t shoot with it. It is there for guidance, to balance the ball, and to get more strength and or distance into a shot. Another basic drill the player can practice is shooting spots, which practices close range and free throw line range. Players should start on the block, which is the square right next to the basket and after they make one, take a step back to the hash mark until they get to the elbow, which is another term for the hash mark near the free-throw line.

Shooting more shots

Players who want to improve their jump shots have to take hundreds of shots every day to practice their shooting form, range, and upper body strength. Shooting hundreds of shots a day helps improve your upper body strength because after a while, a player’s arms will get tired from shooting and just shooting more will not only help their physical strength but also, their muscle memory of their shooting form. Repetition is hard to achieve but the more shots you take the easier it becomes. Practice and repetition are what you remember when a big shot is needed during a game, these help you succeed to the best of your ability.

It is also important that players stay “within range” when developing jump shooting technique, although many players will immediately want to move out to the three point line!

The advantage of a jump shot is that it enables an offensive player both to get additional strength in the shot and to shoot over a taller defender. However, when first developing the technique, players should begin with a small jump. Players may lose balance when jumping (particularly when they jump high), which can affect their shot even if it is only a moderate loss of balance.

A good way to improve balance when jumping is to have the player jump on a trampoline (a mini trampoline is best if possible). The player should jump only high enough so that they can point their toes to the ground while in the air. Have the player keep their arms still and concentrate on trying to land on the same spot on the trampoline. This will focus on them using their core strength and head position to remain balanced (often they will use their arms to balance).

A trampoline can also be used to practice shooting (again a mini trampoline is preferred).

A jump shot is exactly that – jumping to shoot and to gain an athletic advantage and power when shooting the ball. Everything else about the player’s shot technique must remain the same, including landing after the jump with feet in the same position as when they started (or slightly forward if shooting from long range).

Some players will jump back slightly, which is often caused by looking at the ball in flight (and moving their head back) rather than maintaining focus on their target (e.g. spot on the backboard, front of rim or whatever).

The hardest thing when shooting a jump shot is co-ordinating the timing of the jump and ensuring your shooting action works in motion with your jump.

Some important teaching points:

  • Prepare to shoot the ball before catching it, be low and ready;
  • Catch the ball in the air to develop rhythm, land and then jump into the shot;
  • Lock your feet (pointing at the basket) and head (focusing on the target);
  • Be balanced in a strong athletic stance;
  • Keep your feet apart throughout the shot and attempt to land in the same spot (or slightly forward). It can be good to start standing on a line on the court as this will easily enable the player to identify if they jump forward or backward;
  • Release the ball at the top of your jump, or just before the top of the jump, for maximum power. If the player shoots whilst they are on the way down, the power from their legs will have dissipated.

How to shoot a jump shot

Jump shots are a great way of beating the zone defense in basketball. This kind of shot is particularly handy for players who are not that tall and regularly find their shots getting blocked. By executing a proper jump shot, a player will leave the zone defense feeling helpless and relying more on a player’s error than their own skill. Making a good jump shot requires a great deal of practice. There are a lot of technicalities that one needs to look at and perfect in order to raise their chances of making a perfect shot and scoring for their team.

Things Required:

– Basketball
– Basketball court

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The first thing that you need to do is to get inside the three-point line while dribbling the basketball. You can take the jump shot outside of the three-point line as well, but the chances of it being successful will be considerably lower than the shot taken from inside the three-point line. Dribbling the basketball is important before getting into position to make the jump shot for building momentum and creating space.

Once you are inside the three-point line, position your body in such a way that it is square to the hoop.

Now bend your knees while keeping your feet nearly as apart as the width of your shoulders. This is important because having the feet too close will keep you from getting a good jump. Place your shooting hand under the ball. The other hand, called the off-hand in basketball terminology, should be placed on the side of the ball.

Make sure the thumb of your off-hand is pointing straight to the center of your forehead. Also ensure that the fingers of this hand are spread out in order to gain greater control of the ball. Keep your eyes on the hoop and your elbows at your eye level.

Now that you are in position and all set to take the shot, jump as high as you can. Just as your body lifts off the court, bring both your legs together.

Before you get to the top of your jump, flick your shooting hand to release the ball in the direction of the hoop. Do not move the wrist of your off-hand, as that will mess up your aim and do not release the ball too early or too late.

Make a smooth follow through, with the ball rolling off your index finger before leaving your shooting hand completely.

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In the Basketball Jump Shot, what are the specific Biomechanical Principles?

How to shoot a jump shot

How to shoot a jump shot

How to shoot a jump shot

There are several biomechanical principles that will be studied throughout the rest of this blog. These principles include:

  • Projectile motion
  • Ball rotation/spin
  • Newton’s laws
  • Centre of Mass

How to shoot a jump shot

Newton’s Laws

According to the American Heritage Science Dictionary (2012), Newtons Law of Motion are the three laws proposed by Sir Isaac Newton concerning relations between force, motion, acceleration, mass and inertia. These laws form the basis of classical mechanics and were elemental in solidifying the concepts of force, mass and inertia.

Newton’s 1st Law

Newton’s 1st Law states that “an object will remain at rest or continue to move with constant velocity as long as the net force equals zero.” (Blazevich, 2012).

More commonly, Newton’s 1st Law is also known as Newton’s Law of Inertia. According to Blazevich (2012), all objects with a mass have inertia, being the tendency for an object to remain in its present state of motion. The larger the mass, the more difficult it is to change the objects state of motion (Blazevich, 2012). During the jump shot, we can understand that inertia is present. In order for the player to jump of the ground to complete their jump shot, they need to modify their inertia to an upright movement. Once the player has accelerated into the air for the jump shot, the force of gravity will be present and they will begin to descend accordingly (Jaimet, 2006). In order to alter the state of motion of the player, a focus will be changed to look at the second law.

Newton’s 2nd Law

Newton’s 2nd Law states that “the acceleration of an object is proportional to the net force acting on it and inversely proportional to the mass of the object” (Blazevich, 2012).

When force is applied to an object, the state of motion of the object changes (Blazevich, 2012). So, when force is applied during a jump shot on the ball, the stage of acceleration is applied, therefore the ball gains momentum and heads straight towards the target, in this case, the basket (Blazevich, 2012). The force that is utilised by the player however, can affect the acceleration and motion of the basketball when it is shot.

Newton’s 3rd Law

Newton’s 3rd Law states that “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction” (Blazevich, 2012).

Newton’s 3rd law ties in closely with the 2nd law. It explains force and the equal and opposite reactions that apply. Applied force will lead to an equivalent and differing force that is related back, and throughout the jump shot, this is evident when the players’ foot applies force to the ground. Vertically speaking, the players’ force applied onto the floor will enable them to accelerate off of the ground, due to the equal and opposite reaction (Blazevich, 2012). Moving onto the ball, once again this law can relate to when a player shoots the ball. The force is pertained onto the ball prior to shooting, an equal and opposite response force then operates back into the hands, enabling the ball to project forward (Blazevich, 2012).

Centre of Mass

“The centre of mass is a point about which the sum of torques of all point weights of a body would be zero if oriented perpendicular to the line of gravity” (Blazevich, 2012).

As mentioned earlier, in the jump shot technique, a crucial element is that of the centre of mass. It was stated by Stoner (2014) that prior to starting the jump shot, balance must be recognised by the player. This is attained with a staggered stance and a secure base of support, centre of mass exceeding the base. An unbalanced landing can create issues when it comes to the jump shot; therefore, elements have to be put in place in order to keep the centre of mass central to the players’ body without causing rotation (Blazevich, 2012). As the players will be moving before the jump shot, it is important to assess central momentum. According to Sport New Zealand (2010), when you are moving, one more factor that affects your stability, or balance, is your velocity, and the faster you are moving, the more stable you are.

How else can we use this information?

Fortunately, this information can produce important aspects that will come about in teaching the basketball jump shot. Analysis of individual techniques can become a more effective and successful task, as coaches and teachers have the biomechanical principles for the basketball jump shot clarified and supported. Technique correction in those who already have the skill may be improved with this information. Students may also have a greater chance of learning and maintaining this important shot in basketball once they understand the aspects in relation to biomechanics.

These biomechanical aspects can most certainly be used to develop other strengths and weaknesses in a range of different sports. Hopefully, by obtaining the knowledge of the biomechanical principles, it can be turned into a ‘constraints led approach,’ which is a truly constructive way to teach. Each of the principles discussed throughout this blog will suit the way that Newell’s Constraints-Led Approach theory is taught, through individual, environmental and task constraints.

Overall, the basketball jump shot is one of many shots that can be utilised throughout a game, however there are many factors that influence the way it is conducted. Each of the principles play a large part in the effectiveness of the shot, including the projectile motion, ball rotation and spin, Newton’s laws and finally, the centre of mass. Each individual principle demonstrated the ways in which the play should be undertaken, however it is evident that not everyone learns in the same way, and coaches and teachers should understand this.

How to shoot a jump shot

Figure 5: This image demonstrates Ray Allen, an American basketballer, completing a jump shot, from the preparation to the execution, to the follow through. This image truly captures the wonders that biomechanics has on an individual sport and depicts the motions and movements throughout (Mar, 2010) .


Learn to shoot with the best of them in NBA 2K21.

How to shoot a jump shot

Shooting in NBA 2K21 is similar to previous years, but this year you have some new mechanics to learn and adopt if you want to be a better shooter. In this guide we’ll explain the basics of shooting in NBA 2K21 as well as some tips to be a better shooter and make more shots.

2k21 Shooting Basics

There are a number of different types of shots in NBA 2K21. There are dunks, lay-ups, jump shots, post shots, and more. Shooting is similar to previous years in that you have multiple options to choose from. You can either shoot with the buttons or you can shoot with the stick, whichever you choose you have some things to think about.

How to Shoot in NBA 2K21

  • Press the X Button (Xbox) or Square Button (PlayStation) to Shoot.
  • Shooting can also be done with the Right Stick

Shooting with Buttons

When shooting with the buttons and using the Shot Meter, you will press and hold the shot button depending on your platform and then hold it until the gauge is lined up with the center of the shot meter. The closer you get to the middle of the shot meter then better and more accurate your shot will be. If your shot is perfect the meter will flash green to let you know that you’ve released the shot at a good time.

Tip – Your controller will also vibrate to let you know when it’s time to release the shot.

Shooting with the Stick

The button shooting option is definitely the easier to learn of the two methods, but shooting with the stick is an option as well. However, instead of holding down the button to shoot you pull the right stick down and then flick it up to release the shot. The closer you flick the stick to center the more accurate your shot.

These two methods use timing and aiming to determine how accurate your shots are going to be, but there are ways to change this as well.

Change Shot Settings

You can change the settings to determine whether you make or miss a shot to the player’s stats. The Real Player % option can be changed in the Controller Settings under the “Shot Timing” section. Change this to Real Player % if you want your shots to go in depending on how good your player’s ratings are.

The menus also allow you to experiment with having the shot meter on and off, or changing things like the Shot Timing. You can also choose to turn your shot vibration on and off as well. There is no one path to becoming a better shooter in NBA 2K21 so experiment with different settings until you find one that you are comfortable with.

Becoming a better shooter in 2k21

Putting it all together is easier said than done, but there are plenty of feedback tools to use in 2K21 that’ll make you a better shooter. While you’re learning the basics of shooting and getting your timing down, there is a shot feedback tool that will pop up at the top of the screen to let you know how good your shot was and what the rating was for the shot. Pay attention to this as it pops up right after you release your shot and can give you valuable information in terms of what you did wrong or right on the shot.

There’s more to shooting in NBA 2K21 than just pressing a button at the right time. There are variables that come into play in a live game like being guarded, for example that can throw off even the best shooters. Players also have hot zones where they are better shooters. Knowing these as well as taking good shots AND using the correct timing and aiming is the only way to get better at shooting in NBA 2K21.

NBA 2K21 Advanced Shooting Tips

These shooting tips come from the gameplay director for NBA 2K21

How to shoot a jump shotMaking jump shots on the basketball court is no easy task. It takes hours of hard work to learn how to put that ball through the hoop.

Even more frustrating, there are a million techniques taught by so-called experts, all claiming to be the right way to shoot the ball. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. The most important thing about shooting a basketball is to put the ball through the rim. It doesn’t matter how it gets there. Great shooters make shots. I teach the traditional way to shoot a basketball, because it has worked for me throughout my career (I shot 40% from 3-point range in college and in the pros). I believe it gives you the best chance to make shots consistently.

The most important thing you need to learn is to shoot the same shot every single time.

How to Shoot a Basketball: The BEEF Method

I advocate the BEEF method, which establishes a solid foundation for building an accurate jump shot. I’ll run you through the four fundamentals of how to shoot a basketball, which will allow you to be consistent every time the ball leaves your hand.

1. Base (or Balance)

How to shoot a jump shot

A solid base gives your jump shot great balance from start to finish as you start your shooting motion.

Maintaining great balance throughout your shot requires two things: positioning your feet about shoulder-width apart and firmly under your shoulders (if your feet are staggered or narrow, you can be off balance); and pointing your torso and head toward the basket throughout your shot (meaning your body is pointed in a straight line toward the target, so you can direct the ball toward your target instead of off to the side.)

You want your weight to be equally distributed between both legs and to have a slight bend in your knees.

2. Elbow

How to shoot a jump shot

A common mistake poor shooters make is jutting their elbow out to the side of their body, giving the ball unwanted sidespin or an unpredictable flight path. You want your elbow to be directly underneath the basketball and your biceps to be at about a 90-degree angle with your torso as you prepare to shoot. This will provide a consistent shooting pocket and help you shoot the basketball in a straight line.

“Elbow under the basketball. You don’t want your elbow (outside of your wrist), because the ball will fall off your hand. Elbow up underneath the basketball,” says Jonathan White, Youth Basketball Coordinator at the Cavaliers Academy.

You want the fingers of your shooting hand to contact the ball rather than allowing it to rest in your palm. Your off hand should make contact with the side of the ball and keep it on your shooting hand, but shouldn’t play any role in the power of your shot.

3. Eyes

How to shoot a jump shot

Your eyes are your body’s navigation system. Once you start your shot, your eyes tell the rest of your body where you want the ball to go. This becomes even more crucial when you are shooting off screens or shooting while moving.

I look at the front of the rim, but I know great shooters who look at the back of the rim when they get their eyes up. Steph Curry focuses his eyes on the hooks that attach the net to the rim. More specifically, he focuses on the hooks closest to him and imagines arcing the ball just over top of them, but perhaps you’ll shoot better when focusing on the hooks furthest away from you. It’s all about experimentation until you find that perfect aiming point. Whatever part of the rim you decide to focus on, the important thing is that your head looks up before you start your shooting motion.

Another thing to remember: Don’t follow the flight of the ball as you release it into the air. This takes your focus off the rim and makes you less accurate. Keep your eyes on that aiming point.

4. Follow-Through (flick your wrist)

How to shoot a jump shot

Following through and flicking your wrist is the last piece of the shooting motion, and it’s a crucial component when learning how to shoot a basketball.

When you release the ball, your wrist should flick toward the target as if you were reaching on top of a high shelf to grab a cookie out of a jar.

“We always talk about finish. Don’t just shoot it and drop your arms. We call that pulling the string. That takes off some of the power of your shoot. So follow it and see it all the way through,” White says.

When you follow through properly, the ball should roll off your tips of your pointer finger and middle finger, which will produce good backspin on the ball, giving your shot a soft touch and increasing your chance of getting a friendly roll on the rim. You know you will have done it correctly if your wrist is flexed to the point where your fingers point down toward the ground.

Having a good base, proper elbow positioning, an effective eye target, and a solid follow-through can instantly help even the most clueless of players develop a solid basketball shot.

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In basketball, knowing how to shoot a mid-range jump shot in certain situations can score points. Learn how to sink it against aggressive defenders, and more!

In basketball, knowing how to shoot a mid-range jump shot in certain situations can score points. Learn how to sink it against aggressive defenders, and more!

Sharpen your free throw and lay-up skills, become more consistent, and learn advanced finishing moves to beat specific defenders in this lesson!

Sharpen your free throw and lay-up skills, become more consistent, and learn advanced finishing moves to beat specific defenders in this lesson!

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Ready to test your catch-and-shoot 3’s, mid-range jump shots, lay-ups, and free-throws? Learn how use video in your training to track your progress over time.

This individual basketball workout includes a detailed warm-up, lay-ups, shooting drills, and the pick and roll attack. Remember to work at game speed!

This individual basketball workout includes a detailed warm-up, lay-ups, shooting drills, and the pick and roll attack. Remember to work at game speed!

This two-person basketball workout put everything you have learned in this course to the test. Practice form, footwork, lay-ups, and learn some shooting games!

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How to shoot a jump shot

Black Ops Cold War has brought back an era of Call of Duty that we haven’t seen since 2010.

Cold War is a continuation of the original Black Ops story and features a lot of familiar territories, as well as a lot of new ground to cover.

Jump shotting has become a large part of Call of Duty and thanks to skill-based matchmaking, you’re probably encountering a lot of players who do it.

How to shoot a jump shot

So how can you do it yourself? Here’s what you need to know.

How To Jump Shot In Black Ops Cold War

Jump Shots are easy to do once you know how to do them. You simply need to press the jump button whilst shooting your weapon.

Depending on your budget, you may need to invest in some new equipment to take full advantage of this technique as it can be quite uncomfortable.

If you don’t want to spend money, there are three things you can do.

The first is to jump normally using A or X on the controller and shoot whilst jumping.

I’m sure many of you will have played FPS games with A being set to jump, making a natural reflex, but it requires you to move your thumb off the right stick, meaning you won’t have full control of your weapon whilst jumping (as you need it to press A).

You can switch to ‘Bumper Jumper’ or ‘Bumper Jumper Tactical’, which swaps your jump button and Tactical Equipment buttons around.

If you’re up for learning how to play Call of Duty again, try the Bumper Jumper layout

This is great as it allows you to keep both your thumbs on the sticks while utilising both your middle finger and index finger.

So LB and A (Xbox) or L1 and X (PS) are now swapped! Press the start button on your controller to open the ‘Settings’ menu and scroll down the ‘Controller’ tab until you spot ‘Button Layout’.

This is the ideal scenario, but not many FPS games on controller support this layout style, which is why it’s a bit unconventional and often not used.

The final one is to play with the ‘Claw’ grip, which frees up your index finger to operate the face buttons (A, B, X, Y or X, Square, Circle, Triangle) and your middle finger operates the trigger.

The ‘Claw’ technique is great, but very uncomfortable

If you’re happy to spend some cash, you can buy a modified controller (no not the cheating kind).

These tournament approved controllers have small buttons installed into the back of the controller with paddles placed over the top.

This lets you hold the controller as normal and lets you use the paddles with your middle fingers, all while keeping your thumbs on the sticks.

We recommend checking out scufgaming for your controller needs!

Modified controllers are often expensive but so worth it as they offer a lot of customisation!

If you’re on PC, you’ve got the luxury of customising your jump button to anything you want. As you can engage five fingers over multiple buttons, you should use your thumb and pinky finger for your jump button on your keyboard hand.

If your mouse has extra buttons, try using the side buttons on it with your thumb. As its often the default option, I recommend using the space bar.

Ultimately, if you are struggling on console to use a controller and don’t feel like spending money, plug in your mouse and keyboard!

Keyboards are pretty self-explanatory and require little change to your playstyle

Follow these steps to help you become a better shooter

How to shoot a jump shot

How to shoot a jump shot

How to shoot a jump shot

NBA 2K22 has changed a lot this year and that includes new shooting mechanics and a new shot meter as well.

There’s still a way to green more consistently though, provided you time the release correctly and use the right Jumpshot Animation on your MyPLAYER.

Here’s an NBA 2K22 Shooting Guide to help you knock down shots more consistently no matter your position.

LATEST – Best NBA 2K22 MyPLAYER Builds

There are more than just one way to become a better shooter in NBA 2K22. One of these ways is by having the right build and Badges for your MyPLAYER.

We decided to get the best five NBA 2K22 builds and put them all together for you in one spot to help you decide the right build for you.

A great build to become a better shooter is the Playmaking Shot Creator build, you’ll be a nightmare from beyond the arc and nearly un-guardable.

To check out all of our best NBA 2K22 Builds, follow this link!

NBA 2K22: Shooting Guide

Just like anything else you’ve ever done, shooting better in NBA 2K22 requires PRACTICE.

However, there are some tips that you can follow to get an instant increase in your shooting ability.

Pro Stick or Button?

First, the easiest way to shoot is by using the shooting button on your controller instead of the Pro Stick. However, the Pro Stick provides much more control than the button – and while there’s more margin for error, you’re rewarded for it too with some extra accuracy.

Since it’ll take a long time to really nail down the NBA 2K22 Pro Stick, for beginning players, the shooting button is your best bet.

Best Jumpshot Animations

The answer to this question is ABSOLUTELY NOT.

Each NBA 2K22 jump shot has a different release point and timing, which is why you’ll shoot better with certain stars than your own MyPLAYER.

The great news is you can use the Jump Shot Creator to emulate the stars that you shoot well with.

If you’ve got the timing of Kevin Durant’s jumper down, you can equip it. Just remember that personal ratings matter too, and just because you have a superstar’s jump shot, doesn’t mean you have their skill.

Let’s take a look at some of the best shooting animations you can use in the game:

  • Base: Ray Allen
    • Release 1: Rudy Gay
    • Release 2: Rudy Gay
    • Speed: 75%
    • Blend: 100% Rudy Gay
  • Base: Jump Shot 38
    • Release 1: Larry Bird
    • Release 2: Rudy Gay
    • Speed: 75%
    • Blend: 50% Larry Bird, 50% Rudy Gay
  • Base: Jump Shot 38
    • Release 1: LaMarcus Aldridge
    • Release 2: Carmelo Anthony
    • Speed: 75%
    • Blend: 40% LaMarcus Aldridge, 60% Carmelo Anthony

Best Shooting Badges

Badges will positively affect your shooting, for the most part. It’s important to remember though that certain Badges, such as Sniper, give you a higher penalty for Early/Late shots – so you’ll want to make sure your shooting badges are the best fit for you as a player.

Some NBA 2K22 Shooting Badges, such as Hot Zone Hunter, are great for everyone due to the boost provided in a player’s hot zone.

Here’s how a Badge like Hot Zone Hunter can help your MyPLAYER make shots in NBA 2K22

For more on the best Shooting Badges in NBA 2K22, follow this link!

Shot Timing

After you’ve ironed out whether you’ll be using the Pro Stick or the button, created your MyPLAYER jump shot, and gathered your Badges, all that’s left is timing.

This is going to take a lot of practice and a great place to start is MyCOURT. This is because MyCOURT is online, which means you’re still getting practice for games in The City or The Neighborhood, where you’ll have to account for lag in a way that isn’t present in MyCAREER.

You can get a feel for the timing there without feeling bad for missing it. The idea is to stop the shot meter exactly at the black line.

As we said earlier, each jump shot is different, but here are some ways to help with your timing.

  • Release the button when the ball is at eye level (mileage may vary depending on your shot animation).
  • Change the color of the shot meter to red for more clarity.
  • Create space with screens to gain a larger window.

Changes to NBA 2K22 shooting mechanics

An important thing you’ll need to learn on your path to shooting better is the new shooting mechanics brought to NBA 2K22.

The first and perhaps most important change is the new shot meter in NBA 2K22. This meter is large, but challenges players to be more exact when shooting, or you could quickly find yourself firing 0% shots.

The new NBA 2K22 shot meter has been met with some really positive feedback from the community, a far cry from NBA 2K21 where a shot meter hotfix was required very early on post-launch.

Along with this new shot meter, new animations and new movement (both for AI and players alike) mean that the flow of action on the court also has a new feel to it. This mostly means you’ll need to work harder to find an open look against smarter AI and better player motion mechanics.

For more on the shooting mechanics in NBA 2K22, follow this link.

How to shoot a jump shot

The hook shot is said to have originated in the 1930’s when a Lithuanian player used it for the first time, but many also give credit to a former Harlem Globetrotter for originating the move.

It has since become popularized by NBA legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan, Hakeem Olajuwon, and many more throughout the history of the game.

Regardless of its true origin story, the hook shot has been one of the most commonly used post moves in the game of basketball for decades, and will be an effective shot in years to come for players who do it correctly.

How to Execute the Hook Shot in 5 Steps

The hook shot is used primarily within 2-3 feet of the basket as a post move, but some players will also use it a little further out.

Either way, the steps to executing the hook shot are essentially the same:

1. Catch In an Athletic Position

Get low and wide so that you can catch the ball with your back to the basket and your defender behind you.

After catching the ball with two hands, bring the ball to your chin with your elbows bent so you can hold on to the basketball if a defender reaches in for a steal.

2. Create Space From the Defender

The hook shot is typically most effective when the offensive player catches the ball on the block and steps toward the middle, but he could also go the other way and step toward the baseline.

Regardless of which direction you want to make the move, keep one pivot down, and take a big step that creates space between yourself and the defender.

If necessary, take a low dribble while making sure to keep the ball away from help defenders that may be reaching in from the perimeter.

3. Shoulders are Parallel to the Sideline

If pivoting towards the middle of the floor, your shoulders should be parallel to the sideline.

After taking your big stride to create space, the foot you stepped with becomes your new pivot foot.

Gather the ball back in two hands after your dribble and step through with your original pivot foot until both feet are on the ground and your shoulders are square to the sideline.

At this point, your body should be between the ball and your defender.

4. Jump Off Two Feet and Bring the Ball Up

Now that you’re on two feet with your shoulders parallel to the sideline, you have your base established to jump and take your shot.

As you are jumping, bring the ball up all the way up with both hands still on the ball.

It’s important to bring the ball up along the side of your body during this side of your move so that your body is still between the ball and your defender.

It may also feel natural to turn your shoulders towards the hoop slightly while jumping to shoot – which is fine – but it can’t be at the expense of opening up the ball to be easily stolen.

5. Release the Ball

Once you’re in the air and the ball is above your head, take your guide hand off the ball and flick your shooting wrist to complete the hook shot.

You should let the ball go at the top of your jump so that the ball is as high and away from your defender as it can be when it is released.

Tips for the Perfect Hook Shot

Now that we have the basics of the hook shot covered, here are some tips to help perfect the move:

1. Set the Move Up With a Dream Shake

After you’ve caught the ball, make a fake towards the baseline (without giving up your pivot foot) to get your defender off balance.

This will make it easier to create separation from the defender who is guarding you, and it can also make the help defenders in the middle assume you are making a move the other way.

2. Use a Two-Handed Power Dribble

Depending on how concerned the defense is with the offensive player’s ability to score in the post, it’s likely that there may be help defenders ready to come down from the perimeter.

To keep the ball as protected as possible, use a two-handed power dribble and spike the ball hard and low so that you can cover space with your step but also keep the ball secure.

3. Try the Hook Shot Off One Foot

Though the tips above are primarily geared to instruct a hook shot that can be a powerful move off two feet, you could also make it more of a finesse move by jumping off of just one foot.

After taking your step to the middle, the foot you stepped with would then become your planting foot to jump.

Then bring your other knee up like you would when shooting a layup to take your shot.

This is another variation of the hook shot, commonly called the “sky hook” and made famous by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

4. Get Arc on the Shot

No matter if you’re going to make the move off of one foot or two, the primary reason for shooting the hook shot is to keep the ball high and away from your defender.

When you release the ball, get enough arc on your shot so that it will go over the outstretched arms of your defender and into the hoop, like a short jump shot.

How to shoot a jump shot


The hook shot has become one of the most well known shots in basketball, but it’s also a move that must be practiced extensively in order to be executed in games.

Once perfected, it can be a very effective way for smaller offensive players to score over bigger, shot-blocking defenders.

Whether you’re a youth player who wants a second scoring option on the block or a professional trying to shoot over 7 foot defenders, the hook shot is a counter move that any player who expects to regularly score in the post should be ready to use.

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How to shoot a jump shot

How to shoot a jump shot

With the NBA 2K22 shooting controls, you can customize the basketball simulation game’s shot meter to be just how you like. That includes setting your preferred color for the shot meter whether you want blue, pink, white, red, or another option. Additionally, you can choose to get rid of the shot meter in NBA 2K22. In this guide, we’ll show you how to turn off the shot meter in 2K22, along with other controls.

How does the shot meter work in the game?

The shot meter is an on-screen guide that is helpful for knowing when to release the ball for the ideal shot. It works for regular shots during the game whether two-point shots or three-pointers. It also works when shooting free throws.

To take a shot in the NBA 2K22 game, press and hold the Square button (PS controller) or A button (Xbox controller) then release. Alternately, you can move and hold the Right Stick down, then release it to release your shot.

Releasing too late will result in a miss. However, your shot can also miss if you’re heavily contested by a defender. It’s also important to realize that 2K player ratings can impact how likely they are to hit certain shots. For example, some players are much better outside shooters than others. You can find out by looking at a player’s various attribute ratings.

The same controls will work when you’re shooting free throws, which generally should be easier to make than in-game shots since there’s nobody defending against them.

You can practice two-point shots, three-pointers, and free throws by heading to 2K22’s main menu and choosing 2KU. Choose the Training Game option. This will give you a variety of tutorials complete with on-screen guides for how to shoot jump shots, free throws, make dunks, and more.

The good news is you can turn off the shot meter in NBA 2K22 shooting controls if you don’t want it on. We’ve included instructions below to help you shut it off, but only if you don’t need it.

How to turn off the shot meter in NBA 2K22 shooting controls

The shot meter appears on screen in NBA 2K22 whenever you begin to take a shot. The objective is to release the shot once the meter’s color has hit green (unless it’s set to another color). If the shot meter doesn’t hit the green on your release, you’ll know it’s going to miss and may want to crash the boards.

However, it’s possible to turn the shot meter off in the NBA 2K22 shooting controls. To do so, go to the Main Menu of NBA 2K22 and choose Features. From there, choose Controller Settings and navigate to “Shot Meter.”

In this area, you can set the Shot Meter to “Off” if you no longer want to see the shot meter on your screen. You can also choose to display a shot meter for only Free Throws. Additionally, you can set this to Shot Button Only or Pro Stick Only, depending on your preference.

The Shot Meter is helpful for timing your release just right to hit your shots. It might be smart for more experienced gamers to shut the meter off because then online opponents won’t see it. Without the shot meter, they won’t be able to anticipate a rebound as easily.

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How to shoot a jump shot

Think carefully about your answer. How would you advise a friend on jump shot tips? Should you clasp the cue stick softly to make for an easier jump shot? True or false?

**False** – Grip It To Rip It

Well, we cannot blame you. You’d assume the answer was true if you’ve read much of my instruction at this Pool and Billiards GuideSite. After all, we emphasize our love for a super light clasp on the stick as this is a key element in the real pro pool grip.

A jump shot is best executed with a much firmer grip than normal, and now you have one of my top jump shot tips. This downward stroke will have resistance and the cue ball will be pinched between the cloth and your cue’s tip before launching skyward.

Jump It Easy!

A trick I demonstrate in pool clinics for jumping made simple:

  1. Aim the direction of the jump shot than assume the one in three stances as if there will be no jumping of the cue ball
  2. Ensure that on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the lightest possible clasp on the cue, your grip on the stick is a 1–or even less than 1
  3. Raise the cue stick so that it will be elevated perhaps 30 degrees or a bit more–you’ve probably heard “45-degree elevation for a jump shot” but visualize that angle as half of straight up and down vertically to the floor–45 degrees is extremely elevated for most players, and uncomfortable to shoot
  4. As you raise the butt end of the stick with your shooting hand, your bridge will pivot in space with your fingertips still resting on the cloth-which is why the open bridge and not the closed bridge is a best practice for the jump stroke
  5. Ensure you maintain a “1 or less” grip throughout raising the stick–review point #2 above if you need–to ensure a correct stick angle since the cue will simply droop downward from your shooting hand and onto your raised bridge
  6. Now that the stick and your body are in perfect alignment to deliver an awesome jumps stroke, tighten your grip from a 1 to about a 6 in strength
  7. Let this tighter grip and stroke “flow” (that is, jab) through the jump shot–now shoot and score!

In other words, don’t skip steps and you’ll do fine. Aim as normal, get into your stance, raise the cue with a feather-light grip, and then tighten and punch that cue ball into the cloth. It will rise into the air.

Here’s how to jump and then drop a duck that’s rising and moving away fast

By Phil Bourjaily | Published Sep 24, 2020 6:02 PM

How to shoot a jump shot

When the ducks don’t come to you, you can go to the ducks. Floating a river or jump-shooting ponds, potholes, and creeks puts ducks in the bag on tough days. The tactic has an excitement all its own: You trade the breathless anticipation of seeing ducks drop into the decoys for the adrenaline boost of waterfowl blasting into the air in a shower of spray. You’re also trading incoming and overhead shots for chances at birds going up and away. The shooting is much more like upland hunting than typical waterfowling. Here are some tips.

1. Choose the Right Gun

A jump-shooting gun should be light. You’ll often carry it at port arms throughout a day of hunting. Put a sling on it, too, to save your arms as you hike from pond to pond.

2. Choose the Right Choke and Load

Although most shots will be close, I’d choose a Modified choke and No. 2 shot. You want a dense pattern of larger pellets. Ducks going away present a small target, and it’s a long way from the rear end of a duck to the vital organs and head.

3. Don’t Rush the Shot

The old shotgunning advice “Make haste with deliberation” applies to jump shooting. Pick your target, see it clearly, then mount the gun and make the shot. Rushing risks a poor gun mount or a missed shot, and you need to let the birds gain a little space so your pattern can open up.

4. Pick One Bird

If you jump a whole flock, pick one bird at the edge of the group. Shooting into the middle of a flock risks killing and crippling more than one bird at a time.

5. Bring a Few Decoys

When birds flush at long range, don’t risk a shot, because if you shoot at them, they probably won’t come back. Instead, carry three or four decoys with you, toss them out, and settle in to wait for 30 minutes to see if they return.

6. Wait for Ducks to Come Back

Even if shot at, teal often circle back, giving you a passing shot. Teal are so small that if they appear to be in range, they are probably very close. They won’t require any more lead than simply shooting at the beak.

How to shoot a jump shotWingshooting: Heavy Shotguns for Faster Shooting John Hafner

7. Take Your Time on Geese and Divers

Puddle ducks can spring straight up off the water. Blot out a puddler’s head with the barrel and shoot. Think about trying to scalp the bird with your pellets to make a clean kill. Divers and geese, on the other hand, have to run across the water to get liftoff. You have lots of time to get ready before they’re fully airborne.

8. Shoot Trap to Get Ready

Trapshooting is the best target practice for jumping ducks. Not only does it give you chances at rising, going-away birds, but since it throws clays at unknown angles, it forces you to take an instant to read the target’s direction. For better practice, call for the targets with an unmounted gun.

9. Turn Your Canoe for a Better Shot Angle

If you float a river in a canoe, try to sit at an angle, turned as far to the right (for a right-handed shooter) as you can. You’ve got lots of range of motion to your left but very little to your right, so cheat to the right side to give yourself an edge.


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The ability to shoot an effective jump shot in the sport of basketball is critical to a player’s success. In an attempt to better understand the aspects related to expert performance, researchers have investigated successful free throws and jump shots of various basketball players and identified movement variables that contribute to their success. The purpose of this study was to complete a systematic review of the scientific literature on the basketball free throw and jump shot for the purpose of revealing the critical components of shooting that coaches, teachers, and players should focus on when teaching, learning, practising, and performing a jump shot. The results of this review are presented in three sections: (a) variables that affect ball trajectory, (b) phases of the jump shot, and

Keywords: Shooting; ball trajectory; biomechanics; shooting performance; shooting variables.

(c) additional variables that influence shooting.

by enricofairme · Published September 3, 2020 · Updated September 3, 2020

Like previous titles in the NBA 2K series, NBA 2K21 starts your MyPLAYER out with a fairly generic jump shot. While some may like this jump shot, others can find it throws off their game drastically. Thankfully there is a way to change your jumpshot to be more the way you like and I’m here to show you how. Below you will learn how to change jump shot animation in NBA 2K21.

Access The MyPLAYER Appearance My Animations Menu

How to shoot a jump shot

To access your animations you need to first access the MyPLAYER Appearance tab from the options screen in the Neighborhood. From here select the My Animations menu from the navigation screen. Select this option to be taken to a new screen with a slew of animation options you can change.

Change Your Jump Shot on the My Animations Screen

How to shoot a jump shot

Note: If you don’t like the jump shots you have, you can purchase more from the Animation Store which is the tab directly beside the My Animations tab on the MyPLAYER Appearance menu.

The My Animations screen is the hub for all things animations relating to your MyPLAYER. At this screen you can change Shots, Dribble Moves, Dunks and Layups, and more. For now though we are going to focus on our jump shot. To change your jump shot, select the jump shots options and choose whichever jump shot you want. Equip the jump shot and you are good to go. You can also equip shots for all types of shots such as free throws, dribble pull-ups, spin jumpers, hop jumpers, and more.

How to Access Custom Jump Shot Creator in 2K21

How to shoot a jump shot

The Jump Shot Creator is unlocked from the start in NBA 2K21. This system can be accessed by selecting the Jump Shot Creator option on the MyPLAYER Appearance tab on your character hub screen. While in this mode you can change a number of different aspects of your jump shot including things like base and upper release.

Do you have a jump shot created you think is good to use? Let us know the combination you used in the comments below. This will be helpful to other players looking to find the sweat money shot.

How to shoot a jump shot


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In basketball shooting jump shots is a skill that takes time to master. A jump shot is the combination of strength, power, coordination and balance. The best jump shooters can dribble, sprint, jump and position their upper body to shoot a shot with a high level of accuracy. This is no easy move. Wearing a weight vest can improve the execution of shooting a jump shot by providing a few different training applications that aren’t as easily replicated with free weights or other types of resistance equipment.

Native to the Move

The biggest benefit a weight vest provides is that it allows you to train with resistance without interfering with the practice of the move. For example, if you wanted to get stronger and use resistance training to improve your jump shot you would need to hold dumbbells, barbells or some other implement. A weight vest is traditionally strapped to your body so your hands are free. This allows you to be free to practice a jump shot and still benefit from the resistance of the vest. This dynamic provides a great application that is native to the jump shot without interruption from using other types of equipment in training.

Strength and Power

Strength and power are the main conditioning factors that a player should have to be an effective jump shooter. Shooting from mid- to long-range distances requires you to have enough upper body strength to shoot while in the air. Power is also needed to be able to stop quickly, jump quickly and position for quick release. Resistance training is a great way to improve strength and power and wearing a weight vest allows you to train in an actual game play format. Weight vests vary in loads from 10 to 40 lbs. and many are designed so that you can adjust the amount of load you carry which provides more options and can enhance training.

Game Play Simulation

Not only does wearing a weight vest allow you to practice as you would during a game with resistance, but it also adds to other factors such as the strength to free yourself from a defender. When players shoot jump shots they’re often battling for position or to free themselves to get in position from a defender. This can be a workout in and of itself. A weight vest creates load on your body and drag and as a training application it’s great for improving strength but also strength endurance which tends to be more significant when a defender is on you constantly and you then have to find the energy to shoot the ball.

Weight Vests and Fine Tuning

As mentioned, shooting jump shots is the orchestration of several movements. You need enough precision to shoot with accuracy but enough strength and power to run, stop and jump, too. Wearing weight vests can help you to accomplish both. Traditionally, when athletes train for basketball, resistance training and sports skill training are done separately. You train in the gym and practice on the court. Weight vests allow you to do both at the same time by providing the resistance needed to get strong and develop power without having to be in the gym. This gives you a chance to be on the court to practice the fine motor skills needed to score jump shots.

Brandon Mentore has been a health coach and strength and conditioning specialist for over 15 years. He has worked with hundreds of people in his career on health, fitness, nutrition, supplementation and more. He constantly educates himself so he can share with others and is always on the cutting edge of health.

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How to shoot a jump shot

Introduction: How to Properly Shoot a Free Throw.

Are you an avid basketball player who wants to improve your free throw shooting ability? Or are you new to the sport of basketball and have an interest in learning more? If you fit into either of these categories or somewhere in-between you should continue reading for detailed step-by-step instructions for how to properly shoot free throws. There are even pictures included with every step so anyone can easily follow these instructions! These instructions also include the use of the BEEF shooting acronym to make the most important steps easy to remember.

Age and required skillset:
• Anyone from the age of ten and up, regardless of being new to basketball or a basketball expert can easily follow these instructions.

Equipment needed:
• A basketball (preferable regulation sized for your age)
• A basketball court with marked free throw lines

Time required:
• These instructions can be followed in as little as ten minutes, but hours of practice are required to perfect your shooting form.

Note: A shooting partner to help rebound is convenient but not required.

Step 1: Get a Basketball and Go to a Gym.

In order to shoot free throws you first need to get a regulation-sized basketball and go to a basketball court with a regulation-sized basketball hoop and court markings.

Note: Becoming successful at shooting free throws depends a lot on always shooting them in a consistent manner. This makes it extremely important to always use a proper sized basketball for your age level and to always shoot on a regulation height basketball hoop.

Step 2: Find the Center Mark on the Free Throw Line.

The second step is finding the center mark on the free throw line.

Note: On almost all hardwood courts there will be a small nail hole marking the center and most synthetic gym floors have a small black dot as the center mark.

Step 3: Step Up to the Free Throw Line.

The third step is stepping up to the free throw line. You should place your dominant hand side foot in a perpendicular alignment with the center mark of the free throw line. Your other foot should be shoulder width apart and parallel to your dominant hand side foot. Your non-dominant hand side foot should be placed a few inches back from your dominant hand side foot as seen in the picture above.

This step is where the B from the BEEF shooting acronym first comes into play. B stands for balance. As you place your feet at the free throw line it is important that they are spaced properly to maintain a good balance throughout your entire shooting motion.

Note: You want to keep both feet at least an inch from the free throw line. This is important because later you will go onto your toes and you do not want either foot to end up on or across the free throw line.

Step 4: Pre-shooting Routine

The fourth step to properly shooting free throws is performing your pre-shooting routine. This should include a deep breath and a simple act such as two dribbles or spinning the basketball in your hands. Your pre-shooting routine should be very simple and easy to consistently repeat. This step is important because it is a way to mentally prepare yourself for shooting free throws.

Note: It is important that you do not move either foot during this step. This routine should only require between 2 and 4 seconds to complete because basketball regulations only allow for 10 seconds to shoot a free throw.

Step 5: Properly Placing Your Fingers on the Basketball.

The fifth step is properly placing your fingers onto the basketball. You should place the fingertip of your middle finger on one of the seams of the basketball. Your other fingers should be spread apart in a naturally comfortable position as shown in the picture above.

Step 6: Bend at Your Knees Slightly

The sixth step is adding a slight bend to your knees while keeping your back straight.

Note: Shorter players tend to bend their knees more than taller players. This may sound counterintuitive but the extra bend actually allows for their legs to provide more power to their shot. This makes up for the greater distance the ball has to travel.

Step 7: Raise the Basketball to a Shooting Position.

The seventh step is raising the basketball up to the proper shooting position. This requires bringing the basketball almost to your face. Your dominant hand should be placed directly under the basketball with your non-dominant hand resting on the side of the basketball. Your dominant arm elbow should be close to a 90 degree bend and directly under the basketball. Your dominant hand wrist should have a close to 90 degree backward bend. As you bring the basketball up to the shooting position you should also lift the basketball off of your palm by slightly bending your shooting hand fingers upward.

This step is where the first E from the BEEF shooting acronym comes into play. This E stands for elbow because your elbow position is one of the most important factors in properly shooting a free throw. It Is crucial that your elbow be straight beneath the basketball and not off to either side.

Note: Your non-dominant hand is only gently placed on the side of the basketball to help balance it. It should not be holding the basketball up at all.

Step 8: Focus Your on Your Target

The eighth step is focusing your dominant hand side eye on the basketball rim.

This step is where the second E from the BEEF shooting acronym comes into play. This E stands for eye because it is vital that your eye is focused where you want your shot to go.

Note: Most shooters find they have the most success when they focus on the middle-hook on the back of the rim as there target.

Step 9: Shoot the Basketball

The ninth and final step is shooting the basketball. During this step you simultaneously straighten your legs, extend your shooting elbow, and flick your shooting wrist and fingers forward. You should hold this position until the ball is half way to the basketball rim. Your shooting arm should end up fully extended above your head with the palm of your hand facing the ground as shown in the first picture. These actions should all occur in one smooth motion. You should aim to release the ball with an arc of about 50 degrees which can be seen in the third picture above.

This step is where the F from the BEEF shooting acronym comes into play. This F stands for follow through which is the flipping of your wrist and fingers forward as you release the ball. This is a very important step as it is what guides the basketball to the rim and gives it a backspin.

Note: Your feet should not leave the ground during this step. It is okay to rock onto your toes as long as you maintain your balance throughout the shooting motion.

Your first 100 shoots will likely feel unnatural and you will probably not shoot a great percentage. Don’t worry or get discouraged as this is common. It often takes hours of practice and thousands of shots before this step is mastered.

Step 10: Practice

Now that you know how to properly shot free throws all you need to do is practice. For a serious high school basketball player I would recommend shooting at least 250 free throws per week. This would require about two hours of free time. For someone who is younger or more of a leisure basketball player I would recommend shooting 30 free throws following any basketball activity. This should only take about 10 minutes. You can also speed the practice time up and possibly make it more enjoyable by finding a shooting partner to help rebound your shots.

During your practice always remember to follow the four parts of the acronym BEEF.
F-follow through

Dialogues are what builds up a story and are one of the most important components of filmmaking.

We’ve witnessed a thousand dialogue scenes in our lives and yet it can be frustrating to shoot one and if we don’t pull it off perfectly, it might send mixed signals and people lose interest in the story.

Filmmakers say that “ They feel something’s wrong about the scene” subconsciously but just can’t put it into words.

If you have felt this, don’t freak out.

It happens to every filmmaker at some point and it’s completely alright because you are in the right place now.

Important Tips For Shooting Dialogue Scenes

In this article, you’ll go through 6 important tips for perfectly shooting a dialogue scene:

1. The Three Angle Rule

The simplest and most effective way to shoot a dialogue scene is with the three camera angles. How to shoot a jump shot

  • The long-shot (camera 1) that covers both the subjects in the conversation.
  • Two over the shoulder shots (camera 2 and camera 3) that covers one of the subjects and focuses on them.

Now these are the fundamentals .

But still a lot of people make loads of mistakes in this.

You need to remember that most filmmakers know this stuff and still they make the mistake while applying it.

Because they don’t follow the rule of the thirds

2. Rule of The Thirds

We know that the screen is divided into 9 parts with 3 horizontal lines and 3 vertical lines.

Now you need to use these lines while framing your shots.

You should frame your subjects on one of those lines or the (⅓)rd portion of the screen to avoid putting things too dead center.

This makes the shot balanced a lot better. How to shoot a jump shot

This is also a photography tip cause putting things on the center is not always a great idea.

Try placing the subjects on one of those vertical lines and the shot would be a lot balanced and better.

Also try to keep the head of the subject on the top horizontal line so we won’t end up with a lot of empty space on the top

Now we are aware that filmmaking is a creative field and rules bind our creativity and that’s true.

Just because it’s a rule, doesn’t mean we have to always follow them.

Sometimes, the scene would be so intense and emotional that the subject would be in the dead center and that’s alright as long as it’s done right.

3. Selection of Proper Lenses

The lens you choose can totally affect the perspective and the mood of the shot.

If you choose long lenses, they have a tendency to make the shots compressed and the things in the background to look larger and closer to the subject and could take the viewer’s attention off. How to shoot a jump shot

But when we take close up shots with long lenses, it looks as if the actors are close to each other and hence kind of intimate.

Use this tip if you are shooting something romantic.

If you are using wide angle lenses, it would show clearly where the dialogue is taking place as the background would be very visible and if that is essential for setting the mood of the scene, then you should go for it.

Shooting a close up shot with a wide angle lens makes the scene look natural and relaxed.

4. Do Not Change Lenses When Shifting Frames

This is one of the very basic mistakes that most filemaker’s do.

In the last point, we discussed the importance of the different types of lenses.

The type of lens we use would set the mood and a perspective for the viewer’s but when we change the lens while shifting an angle, everything would seem out of place and the scene would not convey the message properly.

Filmmaker’s say “A lens gives off a feeling to the scene and when we change it before the scene ends, we end up giving mixed feelings and that is never good

5. Avoid Bad Jump Cuts

Jump cuts happen when the reframed shot is not too different from the original shot.

Assume you are taking a long shot of two people talking and you decide to reframe to focus on one of those people.

This is a jump cut but make sure the shot is not too similar to the long shot frame.

Make sure the re-framing is necessary and is done right.

Bad Jump cuts are something you need to learn to avoid.

Watch this video to understand everything about Jump Cuts and how to avoid the bad ones.

6. Rule of 180 Degrees

Assume that two people are talking in a room like in the image shown below.

Now we can use the rule of thirds and set up the three frames properly but if we screw up this rule, the scene would not look right. How to shoot a jump shot180 Degree Rule

I want you to imagine something.

Take a straight plane through the faces of the individuals speaking as shown in the image above.

If you are shooting from the frame as shown above you should never cross over to the other side of the plane (The pink zone in the image).

You would realize this is the reason why popular series FRIENDS doesn’t show one side of the set.

Yes! They all follow this rule and this is one of the very basic ones that filmmakers follow!


There are tons of rules in filmmaking and if not followed properly can make or break a movie.

Although sounds easy, Dialogue scenes are difficult to shoot as its main purpose is to make the audience feel engaged and part of the conversation.

In this article, we have mentioned 6 important tips to help filmmakers shoot dialogue scenes the right way.

Let me know if you are familiar with any other tips or tricks when it comes to shooting dialogue scenes. Share in the comments below.

How do I photograph people jumping and get a sharp image? We often get this question via email or on our Facebook page.

Photographing sharp images of people jumping isn’t as hard as it seems if you follow these few simple rules. In this tutorial I’ll show you my best tips for capturing jumps without the use of a flash.

Here is an example image shown below that I photographed a couple of months back of a friend jumping on a local beach. The only editing I’ve done is to crop the image for internet viewing. It really was this sharp straight out of the camera. Several were so sharp they almost looked superimposed!

How to shoot a jump shot

So how did I take this shot? Firstly I sat on the ground so the jump seems much higher that it actually was. Your model will thank you for it later on.

Photograph people jumping – Camera settings for one person.

When photographing one person jumping, I always set my DSLR camera to shutter priority. This allows me to concentrate on the speed of the shot and the camera adjusts other settings to suit.

The shutter speed is the most important setting for capturing the person nice and sharp. I find a speed of 1/400th of a second works every time.

Photograph people jumping – Camera settings for groups.

When photographing two or more people jumping, I use aperture priority, yet still keep my attention on the shutter speed.

Why aperture priority? There is no use photographing a group of jumpers if only one person is sharply focused. Hence I set my aperture to f/5.6 following the rules on aperture settings for portraits.

How to shoot a jump shot

Here is my technique for groups

Set your camera to aperture priority and choose an aperture of f/5.6.

Before the group starts jumping, press your shutter button half way down while looking through the viewfinder and you’ll notice camera settings listed along the edges of the screen light up. Take note especially of the shutter speed. If the shutter speed is 1/400th of a second or faster then you are ready to shoot. If not, up your ISO to a higher number.

Personally I increase my ISO by 100 at a time and try again, adjusting from there until the shutter speed is showing as 1/400th of a second minimum.

How to shoot a jump shot

Auto Focus

Keep the focal switch on the side of your lens on AF. Obviously you won’t have time to manually focus.

Focal Points

I like to set a middle single focal point. This set up will ensure you can easily find the focal point and focus on the person as they start their jump. If you are not sure what I mean by focal points, then read this article on how to focus DSLR cameras.

Continuous Shooting

I set my camera to continuous shooting, also called burst mode on some DSLR cameras. Continuous shooting will allow you to take several shots or more per second. Your camera will keep shooting, as long as your finger holds down the shutter button.

Note, cameras do limit how many you can take in any one burst until it needs to clear its cache. So if you hold your finger down on the shutter and it suddenly stops shooting, this is perfectly normal. That is your camera telling you it needs to catch up!


If the person is jumping up and down in the same spot, what you can do is pre-focus before they leap. It’s important that they don’t change their distance from you when they jump. i.e don’t jump forward or back.

For these types of shots, I sometimes press my shutter button half way down to pre-focus, then ask them to jump as I press the rest of the shutter and take several burst shots.

Should you move the camera up and down with the jumper?

Until you perfect the technique it’s best to keep your camera steady in one place. Therefore don’t zoom in too far that you cut the persons head off when they are at the top of their jump.

Once you have perfected these camera settings and technique, you can then try panning up and down with the person to show motion in the background.

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Shooting is one of the most important aspects of NBA Live 19 and nailing these moves can have a huge impact on your ability to dominate on offense.

How to shoot a jump shot

How to shoot a jump shot

How to shoot a jump shot

In NBA Live 19, the shooting has developed significantly thanks largely to Real Player Motion. The more realistic graphics mean players closely resemble their real-life selves when shooting, and though the side bar which you use to time your shot is still a little slow and clunky, shooting overall has seen a definite improvement on past versions of the game. So, just how do you maximize your players’ shooting potential?

NBA Live 19 Normal Jump Shot

When you initially press a shooting button while controlling a ball-handling player on offense, you’ll see a vertical bar pop up to the players right, and a little circle immediately begin to rise to the top. The circle will continue to rise until you release the shooting button, at which point it will stop and your player will shoot. The aim here is to release as close to the top of the bar as possible.

You’ll notice that the bar is filled with three colors: the bottom part is black, then there is a yellow part near the top, while the very tip of the bar is filled with green. Essentially, if you manage to time your release within the green section, there’s a very high chance your shot will go in, and you’ll see the bar fill up with green. The yellow section represents the in-between area where some shots will go in and some will miss, and the further away you are from the green the more likely it is that your shot will miss. If you release within the black section, your shot has a pretty much no chance of going in and you should probably head back to the gym for some more practice.

The easier your shot, the bigger both the green and the yellow sections will be on your shooting bar, and the more margin for error you will have in terms of the timing of your release. For example, if you’re controlling Steph Curry and have a wide open 3-pointer, you’ll have a decent amount of green and a whole lot of yellow in your bar. In contrast, if you take the same shot with Hassan Whiteside, you’ll see very little green, if any, and a much smaller yellow section.

Shooting a regular jump shot is very much feel-related, meaning the more you practice it, the better you’ll get. Simple advice, but a reality nonetheless. There are, however, a number of other ways you can become a better shot, starting with learning how to pull off some more complicated shooting maneuvers.

NBA Live 19 Step Back Jump Shot

The step back is a great way to find that little bit of extra space on your opponent to get your shot off, and perfecting it can be a big advantage in NBA Live 19. The shooting itself doesn’t get significantly more difficult when you do this move, particularly if you have a player like Kyrie Irving at your disposal. The circle which moves up the shooting bar, however, doesn’t begin to move as early as it would normally. This slight delay which occurs while your player is stepping back can be off-putting at first, and result in a lot of your shots being released to early. Stay patient, and make sure you actually watch the shooting bar, rather than relying on the timing you’ve become used to on a regular jump shot.

NBA Live 19 Half Spin

The half spin is a great looking maneuver and is difficult to defend. When you get this right, your player will sprint to a spot, fake one way, before turning back the other way and putting up a shot. Again, the shooting itself doesn’t change significantly, but nailing the timing of the whole process can take a bit of getting used to. The most important thing is to ensure that you release the L Stick and the sprint button (R2 on PS4, RT on Xbox One), if you’re using it before you begin to move the R Stick, to begin your shot. If you’re holding them both down at the same time, even for a split second, your player will perform a step back jump shot instead of the half spin. As with the step back, make sure you pay close attention to the shooting bar to get the timing right; it doesn’t pay to rely on instinct as much as with a regular jumper, at least not until you’ve practiced.

NBA Live 19 Fade Away

Like the stepback, the fade away enables you to get a little bit of extra space on your opponent as you take your shot, but it can take a little bit of time to master. This one is really about the timing; again, the shot itself doesn’t change that much, and this time your player will begin his or her shot as soon as you begin to hold down the shooting button, like it does for a regular jump shot. What is tricky, however, is performing the two actions on the controller at the right time.

By: William Machin

Published: 08 July, 2011

How to shoot a jump shot

In the event Sir Isaac Newton had not formulated the basic laws of physics while observing an apple or other objects in motion, he may very well have arrived at similar conclusions watching a basketball game. Since anything that goes up must come down, most shots require some degree of arc in order to drop into the net. However, the physics of shooting a basketball apply before a shot is ever lofted toward the basket.

Set Up

Basketball players learn to generate inertia when setting up for a shot off the dribble. Moving to the right or left and planting a foot to make a jump shot is a prime example of a player utilizing the physical forces at his or her disposal. As the player moves to one side and plants a foot, the body coils. Springing off the floor to shoot a jumper not only serves to elevate the ball over a defender’s outstretched hands, the upward motion of the shooter’s body transfers a certain amount of force to the shooting hand as well.


Whether a player is shooting a jumper, hook shot or scooping an underhand lay-up, the shooting hand generates the initial physical forces on a basketball. With the exception of a slam-dunk, all shots initiate at an upward angle. The amount of force a shooter applies is directly proportionate to the height of the arc and the distance the ball travels. Experienced shooters have a way of putting more on a shot, or taking something off a shot by flexing or relaxing their wrist at the moment the ball is released.

In basketball circles, the trajectory of a basketball from the shooter’s hand to the basket is referred to as arch. Those who watch basketball frequently may have heard an announcer comment on a high-archer or a flat shot. Basic laws of physics dictate that a basketball is in the air longer during a high-arch shot from ten feet away than during a flat shot from that same distance. Shooters might use a high-arched shot to allow their teammates to get in position for a rebound. Conversely, a flatter shot might catch defenders out of position for a rebound.

A basketball has a certain amount of spin as it travels toward the basket. Unlike the seams on a baseball or the dimples on a golf ball, basketballs have a smooth texture and travel through the air at a comparatively slow speed. For this reason, shooters can loft a shot directly at the basket or a point on the backboard without the ball changing direction in flight. A jump shot has backspin that causes it to bounce off the backboard at a downward angle. Shooters put right or left spin when shooting from an angle, causing the ball to glance off the board into the basket. This technique is associated with Newton’s third law of motion regarding action and equal and opposite reactions.

According to AZCentral, the biceps and the triceps in the arms are the major muscles players use when shooting a basketball. The trapezius, deltoids, pectoral muscles as well as the long flexors and extensors in the hands and quadriceps in the legs also play an important role in shooting a basketball.

When shooting a basketball, the muscles of the arm are the muscles primarily relied upon. The triceps extend the elbow during the shooting process, while the biceps help flex the elbow and return it to normal position after shooting. To grasp and let go of the basketball, the wrist extensors are used to open and close the fingers. The trapezius, which is located at the collar bone, and the deltoids, which surround the shoulder joint, help raise the arms and rotate shoulders for proper aiming and shooting.

Located in the chest, the pectoral muscles consist of two groups: the pectoris major and the pectoris minor. The pectoris major is the most visible muscle in the chest area, and the pectoris minor lies underneath the pectoris major. These muscles help raise the arms and propel the shoulders and arms forward during a shot. In the hand, flexors and extensors control the fingers for the grip and release of the basketball while shooting. Meanwhile, the quadriceps in the legs assist with proper shooting form and bending of the knees. During the shot, the calf muscles in the legs are responsible for the jump.

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Improve your jump shot technique with this two-part basketball lesson. Start with learning key footwork drills, proper body alignment, and hand positions.

Improve your jump shot technique with this two-part basketball lesson. Start with learning key footwork drills, proper body alignment, and hand positions.

Build on the previous jump shot technique lesson, and learn how to aim when shooting the basketball, how to dip, and how to follow through to sink the shot!

Build on the previous jump shot technique lesson, and learn how to aim when shooting the basketball, how to dip, and how to follow through to sink the shot!

In basketball, great jump shot technique isn’t enough. Learn how to shoot more quickly, as well as how to distinguish a good shot from a bad shot.

In basketball, great jump shot technique isn’t enough. Learn how to shoot more quickly, as well as how to distinguish a good shot from a bad shot.

In basketball, the final piece of the jump shot puzzle is learning how to move without the ball when a teammate penetrates, or you’re coming off a screen.

In basketball, the final piece of the jump shot puzzle is learning how to move without the ball when a teammate penetrates, or you’re coming off a screen.

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I remember when I was much younger I would have to jump to shoot my free throws, this had me thinking is it legal to shoot a free throw this way? So the question remains.

Can you jump during a free throw? Yes, as long as you do not cross or land on the free-throw line while shooting the basketball into the rim. If you need to jump to shoot a free throw this may be due to a lack of strength in the player. Generally, you see this with younger basketball players who are still developing their bodies.

Although shooting a free throw while jumping isn’t a violation it isn’t ideal either if you are capable of shooting them standing still it is a better option, let’s find out why.

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Jumping While Shooting Free Throws

If your someone who jumps and does not have the power to shoot from a standstill, that’s ok. With time and practice, you can get to where you have enough power to do so. With that alone, your shooting percentage from the free-throw line will get better.

Some things to keep in mind if you are jumping you have to stand further from the line to make sure you don’t land or cross it. This will be considered a violation even if the ball goes in it will not count as a point for your team.

Fatigue may also play a factor if your legs are tired it will be more of a challenge to make the basket as you will need to generate more power.

Do’s And Dont’s To Shooting Free Throws


  • If you do not need to jump don’t, there is a reason why high school players to professional athletes do not jump when shooting free-throws. That is it is much easier to shoot a free throw standing still then it is to jump and shoot when you have no defenders on you to attempt to block your shot.
  • If you are tired from the previous play that put you on the line to shoot free throws and you have to jump to shoot, if your legs are exhausted you are risking missing short on your shot. It is a lot harder to jump and shoot then stand still and shoot when you are tired.


  • Do stand still and shoot the ball as soon as your ready.
  • Know that you have lots of time so take your time (10 secs to be exact)
  • Have a routine.

Why would someone need to jump?

Generally, younger athletes jump to shoot free throws because they need more strength and power to get the ball from the free-throw line to the rim.

This also could be a confidence thing also, they may already be able to shoot free throws at a standstill but choose to jump because they have been practicing that for quite a while so they don’t want to switch to standing still due to the fear of missing more shots.

I highly recommend as soon as a player is capable of not having to jump to shoot free throws to do so immediately, at first it may feel weird but the improvement on the skill will be worth it. There may be an immediate improvement in their free-throw shooting percentage in a short amount of time.

If you are looking for tips on shooting check out my article I wrote on How To Become A Better Shooter In Basketball: Ultimate Guide down below.

T hroughout the second blog period, I will be doing a series of sports science blog posts. Since I love sports, I thought it would be a great idea to educate myself, and you all, on the science behind some of the sports we all play and love. For my first sports science blog post, I’ll talk about the science behind shooting the perfect jump shot in basketball. So if you want to have a jump shot as good as some of the best three-point shooters in the history of the NBA such as Larry Bird, Ray Allen, and Reggie Miller, then pay close attention! Maybe that was stretching it a bit, but regardless, here are some explanations behind the perfect basketball shooting form/jump shot, by a hall of fame basketball coach, a physicist, and a mechanical engineer.

“Shooting is the most important fundamental offensive skill in basketball. A team that shoots well will always be in ball games,” (Hall of Fame Basketball Coach Jerry Tarkanian, 2002).

Whether you take the game of basketball seriously, or just play it for recreation, shooting a basketball is not just an art, it’s also a science. How is shooting a basketball a science?

According to Coach Jerry Tarkanian, shooting a basketball involves the mechanical processes of ” depth perception , velocity , angle of release , and trajectory of the ball in flight.”

All of you basketball players need more than skill and endurance to excel at the sport. You have a good dribble and fancy footwork? That’s great and all, but the main goal of the game of basketball is to get the ball in the hoop. Shooting is an integral part of basketball because it’s one of the main ways that players achieve that goal of getting the ball in the hoop. But shooting isn’t as easy as it looks. Most players miss jump shots for reasons such as releasing the ball too early, too soon, or not putting enough air under the ball. In order to increase your chances of making a high percentage of your jump shots, coach Tarkanian put together a list of 10 basic scientific principles of shooting a basketball.

“A little bit of knowledge of physics helps you play the game better” (Physicist John Fontanella, 2007).

Fontanella goes on to discuss the physics behind shooting the perfect shot. Basketball players enhance their skills by repetition (hard-wiring the brain with the correct muscle movements for optimal play). This is known as kinesthetic memory. Putting a spin on the ball proves to be a vital factor to improving a jump shot. According to Fontanella, “Once the basketball leaves the shooter’s hand, it travels in an unchanging parabolic path that can be calculated using Newton’s laws of motion.” Putting backspin on the ball helps a player make more free throws. Spinning balls bounce back in the direction of the spin. When the ball hits the rim or backboard, it’ll direct itself into the basket. When the ball hits the rim or backboard ‘ the backspin causes a change in velocity opposite to the spin direction, making it more likely that the ball will drop into the net softly.’ For more on Fontanella’s insight on how the physics of hang time effects a player’s jump shot, click on the “physics” link above.

“Players can’t do all of this mental imagery in the frenzy of a game, of course, but by doing it in practice they can get an intuitive feel for where to aim from different points on the court. “It’s a training tool,” (Mechanical Engineer at North Carolina State University Larry Silverberg, 2012).

In a study done by Larry Silverberg, he analyzed millions of trajectories on shots by some really good free-throw shooters. According to Silverberg, the magic formula behind the perfect basketball shot is a launch angle of 52 degrees, three revolutions per second of backspin, and aiming for a spot 7 centimeters (2.8 inches) back from the center of the basket, toward the back of the rim. That’s a lot to take in at one time isn’t it? Well to get a further explanation of Silverberg’s study, click here.

As an avid basketball player and observer, I find all three of these sources very informal in regards to helping basketball players develop a more consistent jump shot. Each source took a different angle when discussing the science behind the perfect jump shot, which I think can serve player’s looking to improve their shot, well. Coach Tarkanian focused on 10 scientific principles. I didn’t list any of them, but some of those scientific principles include the science behind a shooter’s arc, technique, accuracy, and mechanics. Tarkanian not only emphasized that shooting a basketball involves science, but it’s an art. “There isn’t one correct way to shoot a basketball, but there are certain elements of a basketball shooting form common to all good basketball shooters that may be identified,” (Tarkanian, 2012).

Fontanella talked about how the physics of kinesthetic memory, putting a spin on the ball, and hang time all contribute to a perfect jump shot. I like how he explained the way Michael Jordan made his hang time seem longer than others. In order to leap four feet in the air, a person’s hang time would have to be ‘1.0 seconds’. Jordan made his hang time seem longer than others by placing the ball in the basket on his way down, after he jumped in the air to dunk the ball. Jordan also pulled his legs up in the air as his jump progressed to make it look like he was jumping higher. I know that MJ is super competitive, so I hope he doesn’t read this post and think I’m chiding him. I MEAN NO HARM YOUR “AIRNESS!”

Last but not least, Larry Silverberg studied the shot trajectories of some pretty good free-throw shooters. Whether or not those shooters are players in the NBA remains unknown. Silverberg had the most specific data out of the three. If you disagree, just scroll up and read his “magic formula” for shooting the perfect basketball shot again. It’ll probably make you want to go to the gym and practice shooting the ball at a 52 degree angle RIGHT NOW!!