Evaluating shooting systems for skill development

By Brian McCormick, PhD
Director of Coaching, Playmakers Basketball Development League
Author, The 21st Century Basketball Practice and Fake Fundamentals

8 thoughts on “Evaluating shooting systems for skill development

  • How would you recommend one coordinating the upper and lower body into one movement?

  • Still need some help. It helps a bit but how would one shoot efficiently with the power they’ve generated? Steph has his one motion approach. Should their be coordination between the release to the goal and the lower body extension and how?

  • Yes. In simplest terms, once the extension starts, it should not stop, anywhere, until the ball is released and gone. Upper and lower body work together rather than one leading the other. The opposite looks jerky; the butt might push backward or there might be a hesitation or pump in the arms. It is not fluid. It can come from extra motion (double pump) or restricted motion (pushing the butt back restricts full hip extension).

  • I was asking how to do it so I can teach myself and any others down the road. “Teach a man how to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime.” Due to the fact that I don’t want to use my legs for elevation and waste leg power trying to get high in the air, I’m trying to learn how to coordinate my body in a way similar to Steph Curry.

  • One of the best things you can do is get film of steph shooting and play it back in slow motion. Minimal knee bend, just enough to extend. By the time the shot is in his shot pocket, forming an L above the shoulders, his legs are straight. Then he simply releases as he extends his ankles and leaves the ground

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