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How To: Establish the set shot in basketball

In this tutorial, we learn how to establish the set shot in basketball with Chase Curtis. The set point is the location of the basketball just before you shoot it. The execute the set point, make an "l" shape with your arm, your elbow should be aligned with your shoulder. Your wrist should be cocked and you should be able to see underneath the arm from a front view. The other hand should be lightly touching the side of the ball, giving it a small amount of stabilization. Follow these tips to ...

How To: Properly aim your shot at the basket

In this video, we learn how to properly aim your shot at the basket. When playing, you need to make sure you don't hit the back rim or the ball will shoot back at you. If you don't reach the basket, it's probably not going to go in. When shooting, focus on the open space in the basket, then lay the ball into the net. This will give you a soft target with a greater margin of error. If you can put the ball anywhere in the net, it's probably going to make it all the way through!

How To: Understand shooting surfaces in basketball

In this tutorial, we learn how to understand shooting surfaces in basketball. Make sure you have the ball located on the finger pads or shooting surfaces. On the finger pads, keep the ball engaged with them and not the palm of the hand. This is also the shooting surface, where you have better control of the basketball. You can elevate the basketball from your thumb by spreading out your fingers so there is a finger's length between the palm of the hand and the ball. Test this out with one of ...

How To: Protect the ball while in the box

In this video, we learn how to protect the ball while in the box. If the ball is directly in front of your body, it puts it in a position where it can be moved by the defender. The box is an imaginary line just under your chin that goes just under your thigh and from the length of your torso. The ball should be on the top corner of the box when you shoot, where you can cross is around your face before you put it down. You can also sway it around your knees if you are ready to take off on a dr...

How To: Release point in basketball

In this tutorial, we learn how to release point in basketball with Tom. If you hesitate or hang, you will lose power in your legs and your ball will go short and flat. When you reach the top of your jump you will want to release your ball to get the most height out of it. When shooting the jump shot, pay attention to what it feels like when you are going to shoot. You want to feel powered up not effortless or underpowered when you are shooting. Time your release and make sure you have a high ...

How To: Master jump shot with Ray Allen

Ray Allen teaches you how to master a jump shot. Jump shooting is important for getting a leg up on the defense. This TNT NBA Fundamentals shows you how to get your knees bent, follow through and consistency. You should get lift on every jump shot whether you are wide open or behind a 7 foot defender.

How To: Pump fake with Manu Ginobili

Manu Ginobili shows how to do his PimP fake! This is best when you're on fire and got the defender worried about you getting three-pointers. If he falls for it, draw the contact and it can make your jumper from 2 to an and 1 situation. This is a Nike Signature Moves video.

How To: Improve ball handling with the two ball drill

In this sports how-to video, Farmington HS boys basketball coach Shane Wyandt and team demonstrate 2-ball, ball handling drills. These two ball, ball handling drills are meant to work on the change of pace dribble, between the legs and behind the back pivots, and change of direction. Follow along with this instructional video to learn how to do two ball drills.

How To: Train for basketball with shell defense drills

Get tips and tricks from a high school basketball coach. In this sports how-to video, Farmington HS boys basketball coach Shane Wyandt gives an overview of his team's shell defense drill series. Follow along as these shell drills are a great way to train defensively for basketball. Watch and learn the two man 1/4 court shell drill.

How To: Improve your rebounding skills

This is great for coaches or players who want to improve their knowledge and understanding of rebounding in basketball. Coach Kirby Schepp makes it easy for even beginners who are just learning this great sport. He explains it, his players demonstrate it, and a drill is shown so you can practice it on your own.

How To: Practice free throws in basketball

This video series covers free throws in basketball. Learn proper technique and how to practice and improve your free throw shots. Topics covered, in order are: pre-shot routine, physical mechanics, mental mechanics, rhythm and timing, and practice.

How To: Make decisions from the high post in basketball

Learn how to practice quick decision making (pass or shoot) when on the high post and establish good basketball game rhythm. Videos two through four cover when and how to execute each option: jump shot, seal the post (pass the ball down to the player at the low post), and swing the ball (after setting the pick and sealing the post).

How To: Play women's basketball

In this video series, our expert Cynthia Dallas will teach you basic basketball skills like shooting, rebounding, and dribbling. She will also show you various drills like the michon drill and mummy wraps to improve your speed, ball handing, and shooting.

How To: Create space to score in basketball

In this tutorial, we learn how to create space to score in basketball. In order to create space, you will need to understand the role of the defensive player. Put yourself in their shoes thinking about what they are trying to do as you're playing. As an offensive player, you want to keep them more than an arm's length away from you by closing the gap between you. This will cause the defender to change their stance in order to stand in front of you. After this, you will be able to run around t...

How To: Get your basketball shot off quicker

In this tutorial, we learn how to get your shot off quicker. Make sure you use your feet to establish a good stance and so you are ready to shoot the basketball before it ever arrives. Also, understand that flipping the shot will take too much time and ruin your shot. If the ball is dropped from a high position then brought up for release, this will take too much time. To avoid this, catch the ball and move in an "up" rhythm. This will make the shot go out quicker so you have more time to get...

How To: Position your feet when shooting a ball

In this video, Tom tells us how to position your feet when shooting a ball. Momentum when you are shooting has to be controlled. You will have to plan how you are going to use your feet and what your lead and stop foot will be. You want to make sure the foot that is closest to the basket is facing it and not facing another way. You also want to create stability when you are shooting baskets. Establish your stop foot with the one closest to the basket. Once you get your feet down in the right ...

How To: Perform a crossover dribble

In this video, we learn how to perform a crossover dribble. This is an effective move to allow the opposite player to get by the defender. All professional players use this move so they can score or set their teammates up for a shot. To set this up, come full speed at the defender and look right into their eyes. After this, you will scare the opponent and be able to go make your shot. Make sure you move your body quickly and lean forward while you are doing this, so you get the most effective...