The Shooting Coach
The Shooting Coach

Users Guide

How do you use "The Shooting Coach" basketball shooting training aid?

 

How to read and make adjustments using "TSC" basketball shooting training aid?

 

Types of shot releases/rotations?

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How to use "The Shooting Coach" basketball shooting training aid

STEP #1

To begin the player should start by setting his/her shooting position at the free throw line.  The player should insure proper positioning and alignment of the footwork, lower body, upper body, and head position.  (A detailed outlined of these positions is included in the fundamentals of shooting section at end of TSC video received with your purchase.)  

 

PLEASE NOTE:  A set shooting position, such as the free throw line, helps the shooter isolate and focus on the specific development of shooting release, rotation, rhythm, and arch while eliminating other shooting components that the shooter does not need to focus his/her attention on at this time.

STEP #2

Once the body position is set, the player should place his/her shooting hand into the proper shooting hand position as outlined on the ball in the white starting segment.

STEP #3

With the shooting hand in position the player should then place his/her off-hand in the proper off-hand position on the side of the basketball.  With both hands set the player should position the arms and hands in the proper shot prep position with the “Shooting Coach” in hand.

STEP #4

To start the player should execute the proper shooting motion taking "The Shooting Coach” from the shot prep position, to the final release of the basketball, to the basket.

STEP #5

The player should execute the full shooting rhythm, holding his/her follow-through, while continuing to stay focused on the front lip of the rim until the ball goes through the net. 

 

PLEASE NOTE:  For the most effective use of the TSC a player should incorporate the help of a friend, parent, coach, and/or utilize a video camera to assist in the reading of the flight of the basketball.  This assistance will help eliminate the tendency of a player to watch the flight of the ball and help the player focus more on the front lip of the rim as he/she executes their shooting rhythm while working to develop better shot release & rotation.

STEP #6

After the ball goes through the net and hits the floor the player should retrieve the ball and reposition himself/herself at the free throw line.  With the ball in hand the player should make any adjustments deemed necessary based on the information gathered by "The Shooting Coach" and relayed by the coach, friend, or parent and repeat the process while continuing to work on the development of proper shot release and rotation.  If a player is using a video camera to evaluate and develop his/her shot the player should film his/her shots from half court and the sideline.  Players should shoot fifteen to twenty shots from each camera angle.   After each angle has been filmed the player should rewind the tape and review while evaluating correct and incorrect release and rotation.  While reviewing players should read, identify, and note current shot release and rotations patterns.  Players should note shooting hand, off hand, arm, head, and body position, flight of the ball, rotation, release, and any other specifics that might assist in the development a true shooters shot release and rotation.  After correct and incorrect components have been identified players should make the necessary adjustments and repeat the shooting process while continuing to focus on the development of consistent release and rotation of the basketball with every release of the ball. 

Additional Drills

For additional drills on how to best utilize "The Shooting Coach" to develop your shooting release and rotation, and/or your passing skills, click here:

 

TSC Drills Guide

How to read and make adjustments using your "Shooting Coach" basketball shooting training aid

TSC COMPONENTS READING "TSC" MAKING ADJUSTMENTS


WHITE VERTICAL 
RELEASE STRIPE

The white vertical stripe will denote correct and /or incorrect release of the basketball and thus identify to the shooter current strengths and flaws with his/her shooting release

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a player with a correctly released ball the white release stripe will remain vertical in flight on the way to the basket.  A player with improper release will have a ball that has a line that either wobbles or spins sideways. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A shot that wobbles  typically stems from a shot that is released off of the shooting hand with the added influence of the player’s off-hand or off-hand thumb to help drive the ball to the basket.  To adjust for the perfect release the player should work to support the ball with the off-hand without providing any influence on the shot while working only to drive the basketball to the basket with the shooting hand.  No influence on the ball from the off-hand will cause the balls white release stripe to fly vertically in flight and thus yield a ball that is only influenced by the shooting hand upon release.  

 

Note:  A ball that is driven straight will go straight. 

 

TSC COMPONENTS READING "TSC" MAKING ADJUSTMENTS

 

WHITE VERTICAL 
RELEASE STRIPE

The white vertical stripe will denote correct and /or incorrect release of the basketball and thus identify to the shooter current strengths and flaws with his/her shooting release.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For a player with a correctly released ball the white release stripe will remain vertical in flight on the way to the basket.  A player with improper release will have a ball that has a line that either wobbles or spins sideways. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A shot that spins sideways is the direct result of a ball that is released off of the inside or outside of the shooting hand.  To adjust for the perfect release the player must work to drive the ball off of the index and middle finger of the shooting hand by continually supporting the ball through the shooting motion until the hand snaps over and down with the fingertips coming to rest pointing toward the floor.  Players with a sidespin shot must resist the erg to twist the hand through the shooting motion.  Consistent practice and execution of proper shooting release while utilizing “TSC” will yield a shot that is properly released by the shooting hand off of the index and middle finger. 

TSC COMPONENTS READING "TSC" MAKING ADJUSTMENTS

 

RED & YELLOW ROTATION RECTANGLES

The red & yellow rectangles in their current pattern, outlined by the white vertical  release stripe, help make up a solid vertical line.  When “The Shooting Coach” is released by the shooter the red and yellow rectangles within the solid vertical line pattern will help the shooter denote correct and/or incorrect rotation on the basketball and thus identify to the shooter current strengths and flaws with his/her shooting rotation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Correct rotation on the basketball will cause the red and yellow rectangles to blend; thus turning orange  and signifying a correctly rotating basketball when properly shot.  A player with improper rotation will have a ball that does not rotate in flight (ie “Knuckles”).  Thus, no rotation, no blend…the red and yellow rectangle patterns will still be totally visible in flight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A shot that does not rotate is the direct result of a ball that is released without follow-through.  Proper follow-through release, where the ball is driven off of the index and middle fingertips of the shooting hand as the shooting hand snaps toward the floor, will produce rotation on the ball.  This rotation is known as backspin.  Backspin is an essential component of a shooters shot.  Proper backspin softens the shot and gives the shooter “touch” with every release of the ball.  Consistent practice and execution of proper shooting release with follow-through will yield a shot that properly rotates and thus produce a vertical line on the ball that blends and turns orange. 

TSC COMPONENTS READING "TSC" MAKING ADJUSTMENTS

 

WHITE SEGMENT START POINT (ORANGE FOR LEFT HAND)

The large white start segment signifies to the RIGHT HAND shooter the  starting point of the balls rotation when released (ORANGE FOR LEFT HAND Shooter).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The right hand shooters shooting hand is placed in this white start segment in the properly outlined shooting hand position (left hand in orange segment).  As the ball is released off of the shooting hand and rotates in the air on the way to the basket the larger white segment signifies to the right hand shooter complete rotations in a set arc pattern (orange segment for the left hand shooter).  

 

NOTE:  Pure shooters get two to two and half rotations of the basketball from the free throw line to the basket.  On average the ball will rotate one quarter turn about every one and half to two feet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A shot that does not yield the desired complete rotations is the direct result of a ball that is released without proper follow-through.  Proper follow-through release, where the ball is driven off of the index and middle fingertips of the shooting hand as the shooting hand snaps toward the floor, will produce backspin rotation on the ball.  Backspin will cause the ball to rotate in flight.  A good right hand shooter will complete one full rotation with the white segment start point facing the shooter as the ball reaches the peak of the shooters arch from the free throw line (good left hand shooter - orange segment).  A great right hand shooter will complete one and a quarter rotations with the white segment start point facing the floor and the pink rotation quad panel facing the shooter as the ball reaches the peak of the shooters arch from the free throw line (great left hand shooter will face the floor with the white panel facing the shooter).  Consistent practice and execution of proper shooting release with follow-through will yield a shot that properly rotates and thus produce a ball that yields complete rotations in a set arc pattern.

TSC COMPONENTS READING "TSC" MAKING ADJUSTMENTS

 

ROTATION MEASUREMENT QUAD PANELS:  WHITE, PINK, YELLOW, ORANGE

The  white, pink, yellow, and orange quad panels signifies to the shooter measuring marks to help measure the balls rotation in a set arc pattern.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The right hand shooters shooting hand is placed in the large white start quad segment (left hand shooter on orange panel).  As the ball is shot and rotates in the air on the way to the basket the shooter can identify, by the colored quad panels, how many full and partial rotations the ball makes from a given shooting position to the point where the ball enters the basket. These counted rotations will help the player as they work to develop greater rotation on the basketball as the ball is released out of the shooting hand and off the shooting hand fingertips.  

 

NOTE:  Pure shooters get two to two and half rotations of the basketball from the free throw line to the basket.  Full rotations can be measured by the white segment start point for right hand shooters (orange for left hand shooters) while partial rotations can be measured by the other panels.

A shot that does not yield the desired complete rotations is the direct result of a ball that is released without proper follow-through.  Proper follow-through release, where the ball is driven off of the index and middle fingertips of the shooting hand as the shooting hand snaps toward the floor, will produce backspin rotation on the ball.  Backspin will cause the ball to rotate in flight.  A good right hand shooter will complete one full rotation with the white segment start point facing the shooter as the ball reaches the peak of the shooters arch from the free throw line (good left hand shooter - orange segment).  A great right hand shooter will complete one and a quarter rotations with the white segment start point facing the floor and the pink rotation quad panel facing the shooter as the ball reaches the peak of the shooters arch from the free throw line (great left hand shooter will face the floor with the white panel facing the shooter).  Consistent practice and execution of proper shooting release with follow-through will yield a shot that properly rotates and thus produce a ball that yields complete rotations in a set arc pattern.

TSC COMPONENTS READING "TSC" MAKING ADJUSTMENTS

 

PROPER HAND POSITION AND PLACEMENT OUTLINES

The Shooting Coach is designed with the properly placed and designated shooting and off-hand hand positions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hand positions are correctly outlined on the basketball so shooters know where to place specific components of the hand.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The correctly outlined and placed hand positions will help players insure that the correct part of the hand is on the basketball and that the hands and fingers are properly aligned.  Proper hand and arm placement will yield better shooting release alignment.  In turn, this alignment will help produce properly released shots that yield the desired release and rotation on the basketball.  This in turn will yield greater accuracy and thus produce the desired result of more made baskets. 

TSC COMPONENTS READING "TSC" MAKING ADJUSTMENTS

 

BONUS: PROPER CHEST PASS & BOUNCE PASS DEVELOPMENT

As an added bonus the features of “TSC” can also be used to help players develop proper fundamental chest pass and bounce pass passing skills.  As with the development of shooting fundamentals the development of proper passing skills takes time, effort, and plenty of practice.  As a result of consistent fundamental application the player will develop more sound passing skills.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As the ball is driven down by the thumbs and then extended forward off of the index and middle fingertips of both hands simultaneously the ball will produce backspin.  A “Shooting Coach” ball properly released simultaneously off of the index and middle fingertips of each hand with the thumbs driving the ball downward into a back spin motion will produce a ball that maintains a vertical line and a line that blends and turns orange.

 

 

 

 

 

Use the center strip as your guide and work to pass the ball off of the index and middle fingers of both hands with the thumbs of each hand driving the ball downward until they point toward the floor.  If the ball is released correctly the center line will stay vertical.  If one hand is too dominant then the center line will wobble.  If the ball wobbles the player should work on developing consistent release of the ball off of the index and middle fingers of each hand simultaneously while working to drive the ball downward with the thumbs.  Once perfected the player will attain the result and thus have a pass that is properly executedThis method can be used in building proper passing release for the chest and bounce pass.

Types of Identifiable Shots

SHOT TERMS TYPES OF SHOT RELEASE (Definitions)
LINE DRIVE BULLET A ball that has no arch and one that is very flat in its approach to the basket.
THE SIDEWINDERS A ball that is twisted with the hands as it is released causing the ball to rotate sideways.
KNUCKLER

A ball with a good release and little to no rotation.

WOUNDED DUCK A ball with good rotation and poor release causing the balls vertical line to wobble.
THE SEAM A ball with perfect release and rotation.  The perfect shot. 

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