Becoming a Better Shooter
If you want be a high-level basketball player, stop going to the gym just “to get shots up.”
That’s what average players do. Many players go to the gym, don’t see improvement, and find themselves frustrated and discouraged. Nobody wants that, and you don’t deserve that.
“I’ve seen thousands of players across the country, and finding a great shooter is rare. Here’s how to be the 1 in a 1000 that forces coaches to notice” – Tyler Coston
Incorporate game like actions into all of your shooting workouts. Watch film of your games to identify the shots you get most often and build your workouts around those shots. In games, you experience movements, reads, and decisions which require specific types of footwork, technique, and execution. So if you’re not deliberately practicing those things, tracking your results, and self correcting, you’re wasting time.
This is what the best shooters in the world like Steph Curry, Ellena Delle Donne, and Klay Thompson do when they train. To be like them, you must begin to train like them.
Now, you might be thinking, “What am I supposed to do? What should my in season shooting workout look like?”
To start, write down your three most common types of game shots: (examples include shots off the move, ball screen, & stationary shots)
Next, embed those shots into your workout.
Here’s an example framework we dive deep into at our Fall Shooting Colleges for a 150-200 shot workout that will help you elevate your shooting training and improve performance.
1. Tune Up – 50 Shots
Tune up & tighten the bolts on your shot every time you go in the gym with 50 shots within 5 ft of the basket.
2. Train – 100 Shots
Take the 2-3 most common types of game shots you get (from above) & embed them in this segment of the workout.
3. Test – 2 minutes
Challenge yourself in one of our 4 shooting tests: Allen ladder, Beal pressure, McCollum 52, or Redick 90-4 or create your own shooting test that infuses greater stakes into your workout just like a game would have.
After you complete the workout, you must track your results in the train & test portion of the workout. If you are not assessing, you’re guessing and no great player leaves their game to chance.
Once you begin doing this, you’ll begin to feel more prepared and confident when you step on the court which will lead to a higher percentage of shots made, more games won, and you becoming a player coaches notice.
Next: Discover how to Train Like a Pro in this video.
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PGC Basketball provides intense, no-nonsense basketball training for players and coaches. Our basketball camps are designed to teach players of all positions to play smart basketball, be coaches on the court, and be leaders in practices, games and in everyday life.
We combine our unique PGC culture with a variety of teaching methods and learning environments to maximize the learning potential of those that attend our sessions. In addition to spending 6-7 hours on the court each day, lessons will be reinforced through classroom sessions and video analysis.
Our goal at PGC is to empower you with the tools to fulfill your basketball dreams, while also assisting you in experiencing the joy of the journey.