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Shooting - Augie Johnston

See YouTube videos - How to shoot like a pro, Drills to improve shooting form, How to improve your shooting.

Footwork

  • a right-hander's feet should be slightly tilted or slanted to the left, it's not 10 toes to the rim
  • 1-2 step (ideally left-right) or hop step (jump off one, land on two)
  • drop into a hop
  • he's a hop guy off a catch and a 1-2 guy off the dribble (it's quicker), although he uses a hop to square up when dribbling to his right
  • on a one-dribble pull-up, it's a 3-step move going to his right (R-L-R, ball and right foot hit at the same time), going left it's a quick crossover 1-2 to keep space (R-L), or a 3-step crossover move to gain space (R-L-R)

Catch and release

  • on a catch, dip the ball down to the bottom of the shot line while coiling up, that's your rhythm
  • open "T" with the thumbs
  • rotate the shoulder, bring the ball up the shot line to the set point above your eyebrows, your arm should make a backwards "C"
  • wrist cocked, you can flick your wrist, get back spin
  • once you leave the floor snap the elbow and wrist, early for more power and range (a one-motion shooter)
  • natural for legs to kick out a little bit
  • a two-motion shooter has a later and higher release point

Form shooting

  • waiter position - set point, no guide hand, bend knees, extend and shoot (down and up), focus on the release point
  • 1-2-3 - rhythm one-hand shooting, hold the ball out in front resting on the shooting hand, 1) raise and rotate it to the set point), 2) bend knees, 3) extend and shoot
  • set point - guide hand on the ball, start from the set point (fewer variables), down and up, shoot
  • shot pocket - start about 3 feet from the basket, ball in the shot pocket, bend the knees but don't jump off the floor, shoot for swishes
  • 1-2 step - rock back on the right leg, step left-right, dip the ball, shoot
  • drop shooting (for two-motion shooters) - drop down, touch the ball to the floor, go up into a shot, variation - partner rolls a ball to you (when you shoot in a game you go down then up, it's hard to make shots if you get a low pass, you can't go down)
  • chair - sitting in a chair, dip the ball a bit from the set point, shoot (remain seated)
  • range - take a big step back if you make 2 in a row, step in if you miss 2 in a row, work your way back.

See The Art of Shooting (pdf), Keys to shooting, Shooting - Nash block, Tauer form, Form.up


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