3-Point Shooting Drill: Two Minute, 3 In-a-Row, 5 Spots

3-Point Shooting Drill: Two Minute, 3 In-a-Row, 5 Spots
By Hal Wissel

     This drill helps you to develop the ability to catch and shoot in one motion with a quick release. In addition, it helps you to develop the ability to shoot under pressure. The difference between good shooters and great shooters is the ability to shoot under pressure (in this drill, the pressure is the clock). Not only is this a good shooting drill, but it is also a good pass and catch drill (passing to the shooter’s target) as well as a good rebounding drill (rebounding the ball with two hands without allowing the ball to hit the floor). Select two players to work with you. One player keeps time. The timer blows a whistle to begin the drill and again after two minutes. The other player keeps score, rebounds the ball, and passes it back to you as you shoot. You will shoot from five spots behind the three point line—each corner, each angle and top.
     Start behind the 3 point line in one of the corners. Begin shooting on the first whistle. At each spot you must make three 3-point shots in a row before moving to the next spot. The goal is to complete the drill in two minutes or less. At the last spot the ball must be released before the final whistle. After shooting for two minute, rotate positions.
     When shooting, start with your shooting hand behind the ball facing the front of the rim and above your shooting side shoulder. Your non-shooting hand should be slightly under the ball for balance. Your knees should be slightly flexed. Shoot the ball with rhythm using a down-and-up motion of the legs. When the legs go up your arm goes up. They work together. Jump behind the ball on the catch blocking it with your shooting hand, On a bad pass to the side, eliminate reaching for the ball. Reaching slows your release and causes you to catch with your hands on the side of the ball leading to sidespin. Your knees should be slightly flexed and lower just before the catch and extend upward on the catch in a quick rhythmical down-and-up motion enabling you to shoot with a quick release and in rhythm. Land in balance. Hold your follow-through until the ball reaches the basket. “Good passes make good shots!” “Good catches make good shots.” 

3-Point Shooting Drill: Two Minute, 3 In-a-Row, 5 Spots

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