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.
Release- The ball should come out of your hand with back spin from the “aggressive snap” of your wrist, culminating in a 45 degree angle position toward your target. I love my players to perform a form shooting routine where they aim at their 45 degree arc angle spot on the backboard where they are consciously focusing on the arm action of their stroke. This “grooving” of their shot works on direction, arc angle, and consistent form.
Rhythm- The rhythm of the shooter refers to the coordination of your legs jumping with the release of the ball. A great shooter will put their body in a flexed, loaded athletic position to maximize the power necessary to shoot the ball to the basket without rotating their lower and upper body.
Similar to golf where every great golfer has a distinctive swing, great shooters have distinctive shooting strokes. But they all have specific fundamental similarities that result in expert proficiency. For a shooter, it involves being in Balance, having a repeatable Release, and repeatable Rhythm.
The last ingredient is that ALL great shooters put in endless hours of mastering their craft.
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