"My best skill was that I was coachable. I was a sponge, and aggressive to learn." -Michael Jordan
Project Triple Threat - Drew Dawson
There is no magic formula to being a great shooter. If you want to become a great shooter you must practice, practice, and practice some more. It’s not a complicated process. That said, here are three keys to keep in mind on your journey to becoming a great shooter.
Great Shooters Master the Mechanics
There’s a simple, yet very effective acronym coaches use to describe and teach proper shooting mechanics. The word is BEEF. It stands for Balance; Elbow; Eyes; Follow-Thru. We won’t go into much detail here; however, there’s a lot of information out there on how this acronym is used to coach shooting. Every great shooter, at one point or another, has used the acronym to reinforce and master the mechanics of shooting.
Great Shooters Do Their Work Early
Good shooters make open shots. Great shooters not only knock down open shots, but they also manufacture open shots when the open shot isn’t initially there. They execute with basketball IQ and movement efficiency, understanding the importance of spacing, pace, and effective movement without the basketball. In other words, great shooters do their work early in order to separate from defenders, creating and converting open scoring opportunities.
Great Shooters Have Great Shot Selection
Great shooters are keenly aware of the strong correlation between a high shooting percentage and great shot selection. They have the discipline to pass on an average, open look to manufacture and convert an even better shot. It is no surprise then that great shooters are often characterized as gutsy and poised in their ability to hit big shots during crucial stretches of games.