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“Jump Shooting”

Posted by Steve Bzomowski on June 29, 2006

Jump. Shot. That’s pretty much how it works: jump, shot. First you jump and then you shoot. Jumping is by itself a fun and healthful kind of thing to do (we think), sort of like sprinting. I mean why jog all the time, why not sprint? “Honey, I’ll be back in 30 seconds, I’m going out for a sprint.” But we digress. Here’s how you practice learning a jump shot: get as close as you can to the hoop, on a 45 degree angle to the hoop, take one step and, jumping, bring the ball as close to the backboard as you can get it, actually try to touch the board with the ball, extending your forearm/elbow/upperarm slightly past 90 degrees. When the ball is as close to the board as it’s going to get, flick your wrist and allow your arm to nearly fully extend (relaxedly), letting the ball release with a smooth and consistent backspin, thus assuring a safe landing (of sorts) for the ball and a certain two points! Gradually back up. Use the middle of the lane, shooting over the front of the rim, too. Jump. Shot. Shoot at or just before the peak of your jump. Use your legs and the energy of the jump for strength and range. The only other thing to think about is how you are going to react when someone says to you, perhaps for the first time, “Nice jumper!”

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One Response to ““Jump Shooting””

  1. marie said

    Hi this entry is very informative-as usual- i want to know thing tho, how can one know if he.she uses enough leg power during the jump shot or a shot of any kind.

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