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How to shoot a basketball

It's time to start talking basketball again! Wanna learn how to shoot the perfect jumper? Shooting a basketball and hitting nothing but net from the three point line is probably one of the most satisfying feelings in all sports. Imagine if you could do it 10 - 15 times a game? Let's learn how to shoot a basketball.

The Best have Balance

The most important part of shooting a b-ball is balance. Bending your knees and keeping your shoulders square to the net is going to set the proper balance and foundation of your shot. If you remember to do these two things before you take every shot, then you're bound to shoot out the lights!

Elbow at 90

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OK, you've got your balance and you're ready to fire your shot. Make sure your arm isn't bent or their a good chance that you won't be able to fire the ball straight at the net. To make sure the ball goes straight, you have to line up your shooting hand with your elbow at 90 degrees. Your non-shooting hand is only placed at the side of the ball for support.

Rainbow it Up

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So your balance is set, and your arm is locked at 90... launch that ball nice and high so it makes a big rainbow arch. The last thing you want to do is shoot a ball that moves in a straight, flat arch that will have everyone yelling "Brick!" To get that perfect swish, you need a ball that falls from a high arch.

Spread and Snap

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When you shoot a basketball, the secret to controlling the ball is to spread your fingers as wide as you can across the ball with your shooting hand. Then, as you shoot, as the basketball leaves your fingers, you snap your wrist to create backspin so the ball spins downwards creating more arch and a greater chance of spinning down into the net if it touches the rim.

Have your say...

Do you have any sharp shooting pointers for basketball? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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What Rule Would You Add To Basketball?

  • Raise the hoops to 12 feet.
  • Tackling allowed.
  • Play with two basketballs.
  • Shot from center counts for five points.

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It's definitely an American thing - here in Australia we have like no Cheerleaders or Cheerleading groups. I think it's a sport but I'm not really into it. I think any girls or boys can do it. :3
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"Dubadins" wrote: I have never been a cheerleader but I think it is a sport because it is very active and a lot of difficult looking moves. I agree
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use to like ballet and now gymnastics cause ballet does't suit me
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Enki
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Sure, many girls can fight, in fact some can fight really well, however it is a fact that women are generally physically weaker than men, which means that if a healthy male and a healthy female were to fight then the outcome wouldn't be 50/50 but rather 25/75 if even that much, this assumes that both the male and female have the same experience, training and of course both are healthy. This doesn't mean that women are inferior to men, but I am just pointing out facts, the notion that men and women are exactly the same and should be carrying out the same tasks is ridiculous.
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