BEEF Method of Shooting the Basketball
Time to read 12 min
Written by: Chris Hungerford
Time to read 12 min
These basketball tips for better shooting are a great way for players, parents, and trainers to learn and understand the correct mechanics and techniques needed to become a good shooter and dribbler. Every basketball player wants to shoot as good as possible! The most common skill that is learned in the game is dribbling. Coaches spend most of their training time devoting themselves to shooting and dribbling to improve players' skills and bring them to a higher level.
After all, if you can not score the basket, you can not expect a good result. Whether a player uses a jump shot, layup under the basket, or free throw there are certain techniques that he must use to be successful. The basketball advice below will help players, parents, and trainers to better understand these techniques.
Remember these 4 words, they will make you an elite shooter:
BEEF (B-Balance, E-Eye, E-Elbow, F-Follow - through )
Feet are shoulder width apart for good balance.
Once you develop a comfortable stance, line up your feet the exact same way on every shot. Whatever stance you use, consistency is critical.
Knowing where you intend to place the ball begins with your eyes focused on the basket
This is the most important step. The elbow is directly under the ball in line with the basket. Not too close or too far from the body. I place my elbow under the ball, the elbow will keep the ball straight to the basket. Do not allow your shooting arm to stick out to the side or be on an angle.
Your shooting hand should be fully extended in a straight line to the rim.
If you have not mastered the technique, you will get bad habits that are difficult to correct.
During practice, you should know when you are good at shooting and learn from it. This will find the balance between productive shooting and unproductive shooting. When you develop confidence in your shot you will also develop your ability to know/feel when you have a good shot.
Keep a proper posture, and be in the correct balance when you're shooting the ball. Do not jump/rely on one side of the body or the other side. Feel the correct balance required for each shot.
Follow through at every shot. Keep your follow-through after the shot, because it will show you why you score or miss the basket.
Do not force your jump - it should be fine and light. You should jump straight into the air smoothly and at the end of the jump "knock" the ball. "Up, Hold, Shoot" is an easy way to remember.
Make sure you have an arch on every shot. The height of the arc will vary from player to player, some players will shoot with a high arch while others have a lower arch when shooting. As long as you use the correct techniques of shooting and consistently hit the basket then your arch is good.
Be relaxed when shooting. Concentrate on the basket and let your knees bend slightly. Avoid excessive and unnecessary movement. Just use the moves you need to shoot and score the basket.
Practice all types of shooting. Learn to shoot the basketball from all the positions on the court within your capabilities and level. That way you will become a good shooter.
Always stay calm and practice in a good mood when you shoot, to gain good habits and develop a touch of from different positions on the floor.
Note: this position gives the player and trainer the chance to see all possible mistakes in this stage of the jump shot.
The players are placed at a close distance from the basket, facing the rim. They jump and turn in the air, landing with their back to the rim. After that, they make a chest pivot toward the rim and after it, they perform a jump shot.
Connection with the dribbling. Players start from the baseline, they make one dribble and go into the shooting pocket as quickly as possible. After that, they make one dribble with the other hand and do the same thing. A drill is done full court.
The Drill is done in pairs. The player with the ball (shooter) starts at the free-throw line while the other player ( passer) is waiting under the basket. Shooter makes one dribble and performs a jump shot at game speed. Players change positions after 10 shots.
Similar to the previous drill , just this time shooter starts from the three-point line and after the first dribble he needs to make any change( crossover, behind the back...) after it he tries to get to the shooting pocket as quickly as possible and to shoot with proper mechanics
In each basket, the coach determines a player who can "play the defense" semi-active, which means that he is moving only his legs in order to close the attacker's penetration line. If he doesn't do so in a timely manner, the attacker uses the "open" (opposite) side, and he starts dribbling away from the defense. goes to the shooting pocket and tries to score using a jump shot. Then, the coach can ask the defensive player to be active, which means he can use his hands.
Players are in pairs. The player with the ball can score only using a jump shot, and he has a dribbling restriction(depending on the level, not more than 4 dribbles). The defense is active and tries to block the shot.
Psychology plays a major role in achieving top results in sports, and in certain situations, it is even crucial. True, in the last few years it has begun to work more and more with athletes on psychological preparation. But there are still those trainers who ignore it, or with such preparation only in top sports when it is known to be late, while for younger categories, psychological preparation is considered inadequate.
Concentration is the fixing of attention on the job at hand and is characteristic of every great athlete. Through continuous practice, good shooters develop their concentration to the extent that they are oblivious to every distraction.
Ability to relax: is closely related to concentration. You often hear great shooters have "ice water in their veins".
Watch a good foul shooter as he approaches the foul line. They usually begin the ritual of adjusting the feet and bouncing the ball (nearly always a set number of times). As his/her eyes open wide in sighting the basket, the concentration is so intense, there is little wonder that he/she is undisturbed by the crowd or game pressures.
That is a gut certainty the ball will drop through the basket without touching metal. Although a good shooter never takes a shot that he/she is not confident he/she will make, they often miss.
Therefore, the probability of making any given shot is somewhat less than 100% which his/her confidence leads one to expect. Clearly, then, when we say, "Don't shoot when in doubt," we have something different in mind than we do when we say, "Don't take a low-percentage shot except in desperate circumstances."
There are reasons why a player might lack confidence when confronted with a shooting opportunity having a good statistical probability of success. He/she may be off balance. He/she may have had his/her confidence shaken by a string of misses, or he/she may be overly tense, or tired, or may have a lapse in concentration.
As Coaches like to say, "One often contributes to the other." Every player experiences off nights when nothing works. An equally familiar phenomenon is that a player's returning to peak form in the second half after a miserable first half. This ability to make a mental recovery is like the ability some players have of recovering in mid-air after an off-balance take-off.
A lot of things in sports depend on motivation. In the career of each basketball player, the motivation for achievements plays a large role. Each player possesses the ability to be anxious about bad shooting results and vice versa to rejoice in the achievements.
The worst shooters in the world think about making it when they shoot. While it is important to be positive when shooting, a player needs to focus on the process and not the outcome. Coaches often tell their players, “Be positive and think of making it.” In reality, this is the worst thing they can think about.
Are you afraid to shoot a basketball – just shoot it!
At first, will be very hard psychologically. You will be upset when it does not turn out. But each successful attempt will bring you into extraordinary delight and will motivate you to work on yourself further!
Many of us witnessed more than once how the athlete started fighting against the fear and very quickly “began to enjoy” and started doing actively what earlier for some reason to do was afraid.
Coaches often preach “team goals”, but often fail to ever discuss “individual goals.” While basketball is a team game, each player needs to have personal goals that will inspire and motivate him. There are two types of goals a player must constantly employ to remain focused:
SHORT-TERM GOALS and LONG-TERM GOALS
Short-term goals can last from a couple of days to as long as an entire basketball season. These are goals for immediate needs. Short-term goals can be for statistics (points per game, rebounds per game, free throw percentage) or can be taking a negative action and forming it into a positive one. An example of this would be if you have a terrible shooting release and you give yourself a short-term goal of training for one week to correct it.
A long-term goal is intended for players seeking an enduring commitment to basketball. These goals can last from a year to an entire college and professional career. Long-term goals can focus on certain shooting aspects. A perfect example of this would be a player setting two years aside to become a great shooter. Long-term goals also include the level of play you wish to one day achieve at (high school varsity, college, and or professional).
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