Shooting a Basketball Jump Shot

Shooting a basketball jump shot is very similar to shooting a set shot with a couple important adjustments.

Check out the correct basketball shooting form for a one-handed set shot and then make these two basic adjustments: 

  1. The ball is lined up HIGHER
  2. Shoot the ball AFTER you jump

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Basketball jump shot
1. The ball is lined up HIGHER

Instead of resting the basketball under your shooting eye and looking over the top of it, you pull it up to your forehead above your shooting eye and look under it.

Get the ball in the proper shooting positing as quickly as possible by bringing the ball straight up past the face.

The shooting elbow should be in line with the shooting knee and foot.

Your shooting forearm should be at a 90-degree angle to the floor, and your upper arm should be at least parallel to the floor.

Get the shooting wrist "locked and loaded." The back of the shooting hand should be parallel to the floor with the wrist cocked so you can see the wrinkles at your wrist.

Basketball jump shot
2. Shoot the ball AFTER you jump

basketball jump shot

Instead of timing your shot release to happen at the same time you fully extend your legs, shoot the ball after you jump.

The key to shooting jump shots well is a smooth shooting rhythm.

The rhythm begins with the feet and ends with the fingertips during the follow-through.

The force produced by your legs during your jump establishes your shooting rhythm. You need a quick, strong push upward from the ground. Bend your knees and explode up off of your toes. The strength of your push off will determine your shooting range.

It's important to jump straight up and not off to the side or forward or backward. For the ball to travel in a straight line to your target, your body must be aligned and moving in a vertical direction. Your take off and your landing should be in the same spot.

The height of your jump will depend on the length of the shot. The farther away you are, the more energy you will need to generate from your legs.

If you are closely guarded, you'll need to jump higher to rise above your defender and shoot the ball at the peak of your jump.

If you're shooting a long-range basketball jump shot, you'll need to shoot as you jump rather than at the top of the jump. By shooting on your way up, you'll take advantage of the power coming from your legs.

For a basketball jump shot, the ball should be released near the top of the jump as the ankles, legs, hips, and shoulders fully extend.

The elbow should be fully extended and the ball should roll off of the index and middle fingers as the wrist snaps.

As you're learning how to shoot a basketball jump shot, check out these helpful links:

Correcting Common Shooting Mistakes

Using Video as a Coaching Tool

Good Basketball Shot Selection

The Secret to Great Basketball Shooting

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