Ever since I played basketball I am inconsistent with my shooting as I missed shots often and I don’t feel confident to make a shoot so I focused my game on defense. I still remember way back in high school, I try out for volleyball varsity team for 3 consecutive years unfortunately I did not make it even as bench player can’t you believe that, well that was my faith those years. Then during my senior year I tried out for basketball, the try outs turned out a good outcome as I can leap higher, can block shots and can do vertical leap more than just once and that was one of my advantage of training for volleyball in three years. The basketball coach listed me as the second player on the list, veteran players got envious of me and said that I was nothing and they are still good. That was their perception of me then it turned out that they love my game as I focused on blocking shots, securing the boards, rebound ala Dennis Rodman. I can even get a big rebound from a 5’11 or almost 6 foot guy back then and they don’t understand how I did it, well it’s obvious my leaping ability and court vision acquired from playing volleyball was my experience. My teammates were amaze and they start to like me. Now, I still play basketball and I can say that I master the art of shooting from 12 feet to 15 feet range or we call it the mid-range. To be honest I really suck in shooting but now I am confident to say that even a pro player tried to block my shot I can make a shoot.
I started to collect training materials about basketball when I first joined our company sponsored basketball tournament focusing on how to improve my shooting. I bought basketball DVD’s, the first one that I had been was Spalding’s Basketball Basics: Learn from the Pros, Jason Kapono show the art of shooting, from there I started to learn it until I feel the difference in my shooting back then and now.
After watching the first DVD, I tried to look for others then there I found Better Basketball | Instructional DVD’s, actually it was refer by one of my colleague and basketball teammate, the theories and basketball knowledge it thought sync in to my brain and it added more help in my game. Having said that I really mastered the mid-range. I am about to share some information in mastering the mid-range brought to you by ihoops.com please read below:
Develop Good Habits
Basketball is a game of habits. The players with the best habits are always the best shooters, ball handlers, and playmakers. The players with the worst habits, such as poor footwork, will never reach their potential.
Therefore, it is no surprise that quality of player’s mid-range game is not so much determined by quality of their shot or touch, but by quality of their footwork.
Work on Your Dance Steps
You don’t even need a basketball hoop to practice your footwork. All you need to do is practice the correct dance steps.
For a right-handed player, it takes one dribble and three steps to get to the right elbow for a quick pull-up jumper. Step with the right, dribble, left, right, shoot.
Going to the weak side, a player only needs one dribble and two steps. Dribble, step with the right, step with the left, shoot. These are the so-called dance steps, and they are a great way for players to focus on quality of their mid-range footwork.
The key word here is quality. To get something out of this kind of practice, you must get low. Drop your hips, bend your knees to 90 degrees, and keep your back straight. When you’re taking your first step, you must not stand up. Stay in your stance and take long, low steps. Finally, once you have mastered the correct form, you must practice this footwork at game speed. If you’re going hard enough, you will get a workout!
Practice Makes Perfect
So players, if you have a basketball court with no lines drawn, you are out of excuses. At least you can practice your mid-range footwork when you are taking your shots. And if you don’t have a basketball hoop, grab your basketball, work on your dance steps, and shoot the ball in the air to yourself.
Focus on your shooting form, get quality repetitions, and visualize the ball going through the net. You’ll be surprised at how much better your mid-range game will be the next time you hit the court.