Do you want to improve your shooting form? There are many ways to shoot a basketball, but I have found the most fundamental theory that has improved ball players shooting from all around the world. NBA All-Stars such as Dwayne Wade, Kobe Bryant, and the all-time 3-point champion Ray Allen all follow this theory for shooting form. The theory is called B. E. E. F. , which stands for Balance, Elbow, Eyes, and Follow through. The first step to B. E. E. F. is Balance, which is the foundation of your shot.
If you ever happen to catch a basketball game on TV or in person, you will notice that the hardest shots to make are the ones attempted by off-balanced shooters. To make your shot easier you want to have good balance. To have good balance you want to make sure that you are square to the basket. Have your feet shoulder-width apart. Now if you are right handed, then you want to have your right foot slightly in front, but still stay squared to the basket. And if you are left handed, then have your left foot slightly in front while staying squared to the basket.
Make sure that you are on the balls of your feet so that you are ready to explode into your shot. Also remember to have your knees slightly bent. The second step is Elbow. Now as you gain balance you want to gather the ball. The best way to do that is by having your elbow not hanging out. A bad example would be Shawn Merion, who has his elbow out so far sometimes that you cannot tell if he is shooting with two hands or one. As you develop your shot, you want to remember that the closer your elbow is to your body, the more accurate your release will be.
Another important tip to remember is that you do not want to have your elbow at a 180-degree angle or a 32-degree angle. Try to have your elbow around a 90-degree angle. The third step is Eyes. When you are shooting for the basket you do not want to aim. A lot of people have probably told you different things such as “Pretend there is a red dot in the middle of the hoop” or “Imagine the hoop is a cone” or the classic one, “Aim for the back of the rim”. Arguably the best shooter ever (Ray Allen) said, “Once you start aiming, you start missing”.
I have found that if you just look at the basket as a whole and zoom in on the hoop then your shooting percentage goes up. This should not be a problem if you have confidence. The best shooters in the world think that they are the best shooter in the world. Now being verbally confident is unattractive, but if you have a mental confidence then you will see your game expand. Confidence is gained from playing experience and muscle memory. Practice and game play are what creates a players confidence. Finally, the fourth step is Follow Through.
Now in my opinion, this is one of the most under-looked fundamentals of shooting. Now a lot of young players today think once they release the ball that they have finished their shot. Wrong, that is only half of your shot. Lets say you don’t think the ball is going in because when the ball left your hand it felt weird. If you hold your follow through, I guarantee that ball will be closer to going in. You want to think goose in the hoop. When you are releasing it, you want to flick your wrist so your hand looks like a gooses head.
It’s a flicking motion. The reason you want flick your wrist is to get good backspin on the ball so that the ball is more accurate. Remember, you want your arm to be straight up on a somewhat of a slope and always remember to finish over your head. B. E. E. F. has worked on many professional and collegian level ball players all around the world. I guarantee if you incorporate this theory with in your game, you will become a much better shooter along with being a more fundamentally basketball player within the game.