A shooter uses "The Shooting Coach" from the free throw line (or from a stationary perimeter position) 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 last 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 (New Version: Right Hand - White Segment Starting Point and Left Hand - Pink Segment Start Point). 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 Shooting Coach
Basketball Shooting Training Aid
Evansville, IN 47714
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