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How to Shoot a Basketball: The Jump Shot

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Added: February 20, 2012
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This iSport Lesson teaches basketball players how to shoot a jump shot.
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Shooting from a distance is a crucial ability for any basketball player. This iSport lesson will teach you how to ta... See More

Shooting from a distance is a crucial ability for any basketball player. This iSport lesson will teach you how to take a basketball jump shot. The jump shot is the most common shot in basketball, allowing you to rise up over a defender for a good look at the basket before you shoot. You'll open up the entire court if you can knock down shots at a distance from the rim, making it one of the most critical basketball skills to possess. When shooting a jump shot, your legs provide most of the power. Your feet should be about shoulder-width apart and your dominant foot should be in front. This positioning will ensure you're balanced. Bend your knees and keep your eyes locked on the target. You don't want to have to find the basket, so make sure you keep your head up and your eyes focused on the hoop beforehand. As you crouch down, your dominant hand should be under the ball and your off hand should be on the side of the ball. Your dominant elbow should be in line with your dominant hand, making your wrist and upper arm form an "L" shape, and your shoulders should be square to the basket. Your dominant hand basically does all of the work in this shot, while your off hand is used more for stability. You should never use two hands on a shot. You can't establish any rhythm or control with a two-handed shot. Jump off the ground, pushing the ball with your dominant hand. Release it off your fingertips as you reach the pinnacle of your jump. Never shoot with the palm of your hand. This will greatly reduce the amount of control you have on your shot. Instead, use your fingertips to control the ball. Follow through by waving goodbye to the ball. Once the ball is in the air, pursue your shot for rebound in case you miss. At first, practice shooting close to the hoop. Move farther back as you become more comfortable. Your form from in close should be similar to your form from the three-point line, though you will likely need to use more leg strength to power the farther shot. Let's review. Your dominant hand does most of the work in the jump shot, while your off hand is only used to provide some balance. The hand and arm of your dominant hand should be in line. Don't shoot with both hands. Crouch down then jump off the ground, shooting the ball at the top of your jump. Push the ball away with your dominant hand, making sure that your fingertips are in control of the ball.

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