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clear.gifShooting - Collin Castellaw

Collin Castellaw has shooting videos on the Noah Basketball and Shot Mechanics YouTube channels (see below, also Keys to shooting, Shooting - Steph Curry). Here is a summary of his shooting tips:

  • Target the rim early
  • Footwork
    • a hop is faster than a 1-2
    • tilt the feet slightly
    • heels up on a catch
  • Shot pocket
    • ball dip on a catch
    • low shot pocket - waist or thigh level (not up on a shelf)
    • ball and hips move together, down and up (maximum up-force)
    • load hips early - butt out, chest forward
    • triple extension - ankles, knees, hips all flexed (a zig-zag)
    • body space - between body and ball
    • shooting hand behind the ball (wrist lock)
      • or hand on top, or on the side with palm rotation
    • palm gap (between ball and palm) - preferable but not necessary
  • Shot line
    • over or just inside the thigh or knee
  • Set point
    • one-motion shot - ball never stops (or pauses), or breaks the forehead plane
    • when the ball reaches the set point, feet are just about to leave the floor (one motion)
  • Extension and follow-through
    • release angle - elbow above eye line
    • snap it off (wrist)
    • perfect alignment - shooting elbow, shoulder, hip, knee (a great shooter is a straight shooter)
    • one-hand shot - no guide-hand thumb push
    • shooting hand in the basket on follow-through, shooting finger down (middle, index or split finger)
    • guide hand points to the ceiling or rotates forward, does not open up
    • feet sweep - feet land forwardup

YouTube videos

See playlists How to shoot perfectly (Shot Mechanics), Shooting form, Shooting form drills.

Noah Basketball

  • Shooting form tips
    • set-point timing (ball and hips move together, ball at set point when hips are locking out, feet ready to leave the floor), tilted feet (elbow can come under the ball), shot line (over your thigh or slightly inside - thigh tap)
  • Get more shooting range
    • tilt feet (slightly), lower shot pocket (backswing), load quickly, one-motion shot (ball never stops), set-point timing
  • 3 keys to make more shots
    • arc - 45 to 47 degrees
  • 3 must-do form drills
    • slow-motion form, thigh tap, bounce-ups
  • 5 drills to improve arc
    • feet turn, feet sweep, body space (elbow tap), touch and go, line shootingup

Shot Mechanics


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