I've been a basketball player for almost 10 years now, and I'm always looking for ways to improve my game. Back when I was in high school I played the center position. Most people don't think of the center as a shooter, but that was not the case with me. I developed very high accuracy with my shots from as far out as 3 point range, and I want to share a few tips that will help you improve your shot like I did.
I was fortunate enough to find a video online that demonstrates what I'm going to be talking about...I really need to get a video camera and make my own lessons. ha! The video is at the end of this page. I'm going to go over the BEEF shooting technique. It may sound a bit weird, but using the word BEEF will help you remember how to shoot a ball. Let's begin.
The letter B stands for balance. Before you shoot you should make sure that you are evenly balanced on both feet. Your feet should also be pointing directly toward the basket. If you consistently miss your shots on one side of the rim, you're probably not lining your feet up properly.
The letter E stands for elbows. In this case, you want your elbows up. I see a lot of people that start a shot with their elbows at their sides. If you're doing this, it's going to hurt your accuracy.
The second E stands for eyes. You want to keep your eyes on the target (rim) at all times. I find that I tend to shoot where I'm looking. So, if I'm looking to the left of the rim I'll miss to the left. Always keep an eye on where you want the ball to go.
The letter F stands for follow through. When you shoot the ball you basically want to push it up and out of your hand. After the ball leaves your hand, let your fingers dip down into a hook shape. I like to pretend like I'm trying to dip my fingers into the basket. Sounds a bit strange, but if you follow through and make sure that your fingers are dipping directly into the basket, the ball will follow.
Check out the video below for a visual explanation of how to shoot a basketball properly with the BEEF acronym.
Patrick enjoys writing on many topics including basketball.
Basketball Drills & Tips : How to Shoot a Basketball Better