Since basketball was invented, players have had the desire to become better at the game. Some players understand the importance of the perimeter game and shooting the basketball and have worked to develop their shooting capacity. These would-be shooters work countless hours hammering fundamental principles without truly understanding what they are executing due to limited visual feedback that is given from a brown or orange basketball. Players focus on release, rotation, and follow-through without truly understanding what influence they are having on the ball. These players, through sheer determination, lock into these principles; however, without true knowledge and understanding of these principle fundamental components a player's results are "hit" or "miss." At this point the only way a player can measure his/her success is if the ball goes in the basket. However, this form of feedback only helps a chosen few and does not provide all shooters with the information needed to make the required adjustments to receive the desired result of more made baskets.
To provide greater assistance to the shooter, he/she needs a visual aid to help him/her identify what is taking place when the ball is released. A traditional basketball does not provide such feedback. That is why “The Shooting Coach” was invented.
Invented and developed by the Fundamentals Basketball Academy, the "Shooting Coach" is a basketball shooting training aid with a patented shooting method designed to help a player visually read his or her current shot release and rotation with every release of the ball. This training aid enhances the fundamental elements of shooting the basketball and provides an avenue for the shooter to ensure immediate visual feedback each time the ball is released until the desired result of more made baskets is achieved.
“The Shooting Coach” is a basketball shooting training aid with a patented shooting method designed to help players accelerate their shooting potential. Unlike a regular basketball “The Shooting Coach” consists of different visual components designed to help a player visually read his/her current shot release and rotation with every release of the ball.
When a player shoots "The Shooting Coach" they receive immediate feedback from the basketball as to what kind of release and rotation they had on that particular shot and what effect it had on the basketball. That feedback proves to be valuable as that player strives to develop the proper shooter's release and rotation. A brown or orange regulation basketball will not provide a shooter with the information needed to make the necessary adjustments to develop a shooter's touch on the basketball (See "The Shooting Coach" vs. Regular Basketball below). When "The Shooting Coach" is shot and feedback from the ball is obtained, the player can make the necessary adjustments to his/her hand position, release, and/or follow-through to achieve the correct release and rotation on the basketball. Once a player achieves a consistent release and rotation on a basketball and repeats this method for a period of time, he or she will form a new habit. These corrections lead to better fundamental shooting form which in turn leads to better shooting thus resulting in the desired result of greater accuracy and more made baskets. This process requires time and many adjustments, but the results that stem from the player's work will be well worth the time invested.
"The Shooting Coach"
vs. Regular Basketball
A picture is always worth a thousand words and this picture clearly shows the ability of a player to read the release and flight of a "Shooting Coach" basketball over the release and flight of a regular basketball.
Just from looking at the picture it is easy to see that the thirty plus regular basketballs in flight do not provide the shooter with the ability to read his/her current release and rotation flight pattern. So as a player works to develop better shooting release, rotation, and accuracy with a regular basketball he/she is limited due to limited visual feedback. However, "The Shooting Coach" provides easy to read visual feedback and with consistent application it will help the player develop consistent shooting release and rotation through the correction cues provided from thet feedback. After consistent use it will yield the desired result of more made baskets. So don't wait...purchase your own "Shooting Coach" basketball today and start improving you own touch with every release of the basketball.
A shooter uses "The Shooting Coach" from the free throw line to develop the fundamental elements of a proper shot. The primary fundamental elements that are developed by "The Shooting Coach" are release, rotation, and the measurement of rotation in a set arc pattern. The ball provides each shooter with the proper hand placement (i.e., pads and finger tips only on the ball, shooting hand index finger and middle finger split the valve stem in a "V" pattern, the off-hand fingers point to the ceiling, and the off-hand and shooting hand thumbs form a "T" pattern) needed to execute a proper shot. Additionally, "The Shooting Coach" has identifying marks that provide the shooter with release and rotation feedback information relevant to that particular shot. With that information in hand, the shooter can make the fundamental adjustments necessary to develop the proper release and rotation with every release of the basketball that is shot.
"The Shooting Coach" has a vertical line centered down the middle of the ball.
This line is comprised of two elements:
1) WHITE VERTICAL LINE: The white vertical line will help the shooter determine and develop the release element of their shot. With a correct shooting release, the WHITE VERTICAL LINE will remain VERTICAL. Players who use off hand, off thumb, or turn their shooting hand will immediately see the basketball release pattern change (i.e., vertical line will wobble or ball will rotate sideways). This change will not result in the desired release of a VERTICAL LINE as the ball rotates to the basket.
2) RED AND YELLOW ROTATION RECTANGLES: The center vertical line is also comprised of yellow and red rectangular segments. These segments help players determine the proper rotation on a basketball when shot. If a player has proper rotation on a basketball, the yellow and red rectangular segments will blend and turn orange indicating to the shooter proper rotation on the basketball. Players who do not get enough rotation on the basketball will cause a knuckle ball effect (i.e., shooter will not see colors blend to orange and will still see distinct yellow and red rectangular segments).
The defining element of the "Shooting Coach" is the white, pink, yellow, and orange quad panel segments. These panels allow a player to measure how many times the ball rotates in a set arc pattern. All players set their hands in the proper hand position setting on the white segment known as the starting position. When the shooter shoots "The Shooting Coach" from the free throw line the ball rotates on its way to the basket. A good shooter typically gets two (the ball rotates twice with TSC going into the basket on the second rotation with the white quad panel facing the shooter) to two and a quarter (the ball rotates two and quarter times with TSC going into the basket on the quarter rotation with the pink quad panel facing the shooter) rotations on the basketball when the player shoots from the free throw line.
The last defining element of the "Shooting Coach" is the hand placement outlines which identify proper hand position and proper placement of both the shooting and off-hands. Proper hand position and placement on the ball will assist the player with proper alignment...which ultimately assists the player with the process of develping proper release and rotation on the basketball.
The ball is designed with designated shooting and off-hand positions for right and left hand shooters. Over 20 years of developing perimeter shooters has enabled us to identify proper placement and position for each. This detail will assist every player with the proper foundation needed to start the process with becoming a more consistent and deadly shooter from the perimeter and free throw line.
Shooters will work on developing their shot (release, rotation, and arc) from the free throw line. This set position eliminates all other shooting variables (i.e., body movement, dribbling, etc...) and allows the shooter to focus on developing strong release and rotation shooting skills. "The Shooting Coach" will help all players, young and old, develop stronger shooting fundamentals on their way to becoming true pure shooters. Once a player develops sound shooting fundamentals using "The Shooting Coach" from the free throw line, they can then begin to utilize the online developmental drills page to advance their shooting potential.
NOTE: We recommend that once you have placed your hands in the correct hand position spots, focus on the target while you shoot. This eliminates following the ball with your eyes when you shoot and allows you to stay focused on the target.
To accomplish this have a parent, coach, or friend watch your shot from behind and the side and give you the feedback information. We highly recommend the use of video tape when using "The Shooting Coach." Record (i.e., record from the half court line and the side line) will allow you to watch for yourself what kind of release and rotation your shot has so you can identify and correct your current shot on your way to forming a better one.
Shooters will work on developing their shot (release, rotation, and arc) from the free throw line. This set position eliminates all other shooting variables (i.e., body movement, dribbling, etc...) and allows the shooter to focus on developing strong release and rotation shooting skills. "The Shooting Coach" will help all players, young and old, develop stronger shooting fundamentals on their way to becoming true pure shooters. Once a player develops sound shooting fundamentals using "The Shooting Coach" from the free throw line, they can then begin to utilize the online developmental drills page to advance their shooting potential (from stationary positions on the court).
The Shooting Coach
Basketball Shooting Training Aid
Evansville, IN 47714
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