BY DOC SCHEPPLER Doc Scheppler is a passionate partner with Sparta, driven by developing the mechanics and mindset of a shooter. He is Jeremy Lin’s shooting coach, and he has led the Pinewood High School Girls team to five Division V California State titles. A great shooter needs to have knowledge of what goes into a made shot. Two principles determine a made shot: Direction and Force Direction is keeping the ball on a straight path to the rim. A great shooter should rarely miss a shot left/right. A left/right miss usually indicates a faulty release. A shooter will immediately become more proficient if they minimize these type of misses. Force refers to putting the correct amount of distance to your shot attempt. These misses involve hitting the front or back of the rim. Equipped with this basic knowledge of making shots a great shooter has to possess great technique in 3 key areas: Balance, Release, and Rhythm. Balance– The shooter must put themselves in a position to prevent any side to side or forward and back motion during the shooting stroke. You should be in a position to jump straight up…. and straight down.
- A stance that places the feet in a position directly under the shoulders
- The feet are 10-12 inches apart.
- Your head is centered in the middle of your stance.