Top Basketball Drills
to Improve your Shot


Learn how to shoot a basketball with more accuracy and greater confidence using these top basketball drills and basketball tips.

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The very best way to improve your basketball shot is to make a commitment to do repetitive basketball shooting drills regularly.

Here are a few to start with guaranteed to improve your ability to score!

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SHOOTING FORM BASKETBALL DRILLS

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  1. On Your Back Release

    This is a great drill to help strengthen your shooting arm.

    Lie down on your back, and shoot the ball straight up into the air. Aim for the same spot on the ceiling, basket, or sky every time.

    Catch the ball and shoot again. Repeat this until you have shot 20, 50, or even 100 times until your arm feels tired.

    Focus on how the ball feels rolling off the pads of your fingers.

  2. One-Armed Shooting


    Stand close to the basket and shoot the ball with one hand only.

    Focus on your follow-through, making sure you extend your arm and flex your wrist after every shot.

    As you get more comfortable and have more success, move back one foot at a time.

    To make it a little more challenging, sit in a chair while you shoot with one hand.

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  3. Straight Shooting

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    Stand directly in front of the goal.

    Start in close and work your way back.

    Your focus is shooting the ball in a straight line, and making sure the ball is coming off your fingers properly.

    Don't worry if you shoot the ball short or long or if it goes in. You are only concerned with the direction the ball goes.

    A "success" is a ball that goes straight, while a "miss" is any ball that goes off to the right or left.



  4. Eyes-Closed Shooting

    Start close to the basket. Line up for a shot, but once you get the ball set in the shooting pocket, close your eyes.

    When you shoot feel the follow through and try to get a sense for where your shot goes - short, long, right, left, etc. Then open your eyes and see where it lands.

    This will feel very uncomfortable at first, but with practice you'll start to feel what a good shot feels like.

    Alternate shooting one shot with your eyes open and then a shot from same spot with your eyes closed.

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  5. Baseline Shooting

    Pick a spot on the baseline and shoot 5 shots before going to the opposite side.

    This is the hardest angle in basketball because you don't have the help of the backboard for lining things up.

  6. Long-Distance Shooting

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    This is a good basketball shooting drill to increase your range.

    Start by shooting from 1-2 feet behind your comfort zone.

    Concentrate on using the correct basketball shooting form with a nice follow through even though you're having to use a little more legs and muscle to shoot farther.

    Repeat this from other spots on the floor, stepping 1-2 feet behind your comfortable shooting distance.

    Once you shoot from longer distances, stepping up to your normal shooting range will seem easier.

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  7. Distance-Control Shooting

    This is a great basketball shooting drill if you're having trouble controlling your distance.

    Take 3 shots: On the first shot, try to hit the front of the rim; on the second, the back of the rim; and you want the third shot to go in the basket.

    You do not want to make the first 2 shots - you want them to hit the rim and bounce out.

  8. Soft-Touch Shooting

    Start close to the basket and aim at the front edge of the rim. Try to shoot the ball off the front edge so it falls into the basket.

    This drill really helps you develop a soft shooting touch.


WARM-UP BASKETBALL SHOOTING DRILLS

It's really important to warm up properly when you're practicing shooting.

The first part of the warm-up is intended to build confidence and help practice the techniques of good basketball shooting form.

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  1. Form Shots

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    Start 3 feet away from the basket.

    Shoot 10 shots from the front, 10 from the right side and 10 from the left.

    Concentrate on the rim.

    Check your form after each shot to make sure you are shooting the ball properly.

  2. 15 Shots

    Work your way around the basket taking one shot at 15 different spots. Concentrate on good shooting form.

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  3. Spin Outs

    Start in the middle of the free throw line and flip the ball out to the elbow with a backspin so that it bounces back to you.

    Catch the ball with a jump stop, square up to the basket, and shoot. Flip the ball out to the opposite elbow and repeat.

    Alternate back and forth from one elbow to the other until you have taken 5 shots from each side.

  4. Back Up Bank Shot

    Begin on a block, and shoot a 3-foot bank shot. Rebound and shoot at the same spot on the other side.

    Cross back across and shoot a 4-foot bank shot. Repeat on the other side.

    Work your way out to 15-foot bank shots.

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  5. Around the World

    Start at one block and work your way around the basket, shooting a total of 10 shots. Flip the ball to yourself at each spot so you can practice catching and squaring up.

  6. Wing Jumpers

    Start at the top of the circle (about 18 feet). Flip the ball out to the wing area. Run and catch the ball on the first bounce, square up, and shoot a jump shot.

    Shoot on one side until you make 5 shots, and then repeat on the other side.




1-MINUTE BASKETBALL SHOOTING DRILLS

These basketball shooting drills work best if you have a partner, but you can certainly do them by yourself.

You just have to chase down your own shots and "pass" to yourself by tossing the ball slightly out in front of you with a backspin so it bounces back to you like you're receiving a pass.

See how many shots you can make in a minute doing each of the following basketball shooting drills:

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  1. Figure 8s

    Start under the basket (on the block) and make as many lay-ups as possible alternating back and forth to each side. Use your left hand on the left side and your right hand on the right.

    Don't use a rebounder on this one.

  2. Jumper on the Blocks

    Start under the basket (on the block), and shoot a jumper on one block then the other. Alternate from side to side.

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  3. Elbow to Elbow

    Take a shot from one side of the free throw line (the elbow) and then from the other side. Alternate back and forth.

  4. Elbow to Baseline

    Take a shot from the elbow and then hustle down to the baseline on the same side for the next shot. Alternate from elbow to baseline on one side of the court.

    Then repeat the drill on the other side of the court going from the opposite elbow to the opposite baseline.

  5. Around the World

    Start on one baseline and pick a shooting distance that is comfortable for you.

    Take a shot in order from the baseline, wing, elbow, free throw, opposite elbow, opposite wing, opposite baseline working your way around the basket.

    You can even add in lay-ups to work on every kind of basketball shot.




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