Kw-logo-holiday

Why Shaq Shoots Like Your Granny

Granny shot
The Granny Shot
Shaq tires to draw a foul
Courtesy of Knight Ridder/Tribune

So what's the deal with Shaq and his foul shooting? If you haven't noticed, he misses a lot of them. Almost half of them, in fact. Not all that great for someone who gets paid a lot of money to play basketball.

So what is the best way to get a foul shot in? Well, believe it or not, it's the good old "granny shot". It's the one where you toss the ball underhand style with that big, high arc. It's probably the way you used to shoot until your friends started to make fun of you. And if you're still shooting that way now - science says you might want to stick with it.

The key to a good foul shot is in the arc of the ball. A good high arc has the best chance of going in. But if you've noticed Shaq's foul shot - it has hardly any arc. His shot is almost straight at the rim, which is why he puts up a ton of bricks when he's at the free throw line.

The other reason is the "granny shot" has a nice backspin on it. If a ball with a backspin is a little bit off and happens to hit the rim, the backspin freezes the ball as it clangs off the metal. This gives it a better chance at tipping into the hoop, rather than bouncing off it.

And so if science says, "shoot the granny shot", how come not one player in the NBA shoots the "granny shot". How come players that struggle at the line don't even try it? Well, it all comes down to how it looks. And let's face it, the "granny shot" looks stupid. Even if it goes in all the time - it still looks stupid. And when you're used to doing spectacular, rim rockin', backboard breakin' dunks, like Shaq is - why start shooting "granny style"?

If you've got a question for the sports lab, to The Zone.

Related Stories:

 

 

 

 

 

 

>

readers voted!

Comments

JennyD

JennyD wrote:

now stop spamming... sr
commented: Fri Aug 16, 2013

there are 1 more comments

Please login or register to add comments


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like it!

latest videos

F992480056578

How Would You Like to Win a Game?

  • Sink two foul shots with no time left.
  • Hit a three at the buzzer - nothing but net.
  • Slam over top a 7 foot center at the buzzer.
  • Throw up a cross court prayer with no time left - nothing but net.

related stories

Micro_a mic
The 2012 NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando, Florida was so jam-packed with entertainment, Disney Wo...
Shaquille O’Neal will join LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers next season after the Phoenix...
Shaq's Big Challenge takes six obese kids and helps them get on the road to fitness - with...

Sports in the forums

PrincessAmelia
Lionel Messi!  HE PLAYS SO NICE...[though I was very sad when Argentina lost World Cup by, 1-0. But when I recalled how Argentina won by, 1-7 in Brazil vs Argentina, I was a bit happy...:)]
reply 1 day
lnwpen88
lnwpen88 posted in Dance:
Breakdance, you can post about all the latest dance style.
reply 2 days
ds8kw
My favorite football team is the Giants!! :angel they are doing sooooo bad this season but i still love them!!!  :angel
reply 3 days
blackveilbrides15
I like cheerleading  friend 
reply 7 days
nadialovesyou123
sort of not really
reply 7 days

play online games

Hour-of-code-tumb

Codey the troll is lost! Help him avoid obstacles and get back into the computer...

Candy-quest-feature

Your troll is lost! Help it avoid obstacles and get back into the computer.

Fo...

Dragon-dash

Your dragon must return to guard the treasure! Help it gather lost coins and avo...

_thumb_100x100

Shoot blobs with different properties to merge yellow blobs. Your blobs can be r...

1005_cc_kidz_100x100_vlh

Candy's got her candies into a terrible mess, can you help her to sort them out?

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

_thumb_100x100

Bloons 2 is here! A worthy and awesome sequel at last to our original Bloons gam...

Frostbox_100x100

Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...