Correcting Shots that Circle Out Due to Side Rotation of Shooting Hand

Correcting Shots that Circle Out Due to Side Rotation of Shooting Hand
By Dr. Hal Wissel

Correcting shots that circle out due to side rotation of shooting hand are listed below, along with suggested trigger words to correct them. Trigger words are positive words, preferably one syllable words, that you associate with the correct mechanics of your shot and reinforce rhythm and confidence.

Error: Your shot hits the right side of the rim and circles out to left (right-handed shot) due to sidespin.

Correction: The most common cause of sidespin is starting your shot with your shooting hand off center or on the side of the ball and then rotating  your hand behind it. If you over rotate your shooting hand out to the side, the ball will hit the right side of the rim with sidespin and roll left. Set the ball high on the shooting side of your head between your ear and shoulder with your shooting hand facing the front of the rim. Shoot with your arm wrist and fingers going straight toward the basket. Suggested trigger words are “Front and Straight!”

Correcting Shot that Circles Out Due to Side Rotation Out of Shooting Hand

Shot Circles Out Due to Side Rotation Out of Shooting Hand

 

Error: Your shot hits the left side of the rim and circles out to the right (right-handed shot) due to sidespin.

Correction: The most common cause of sidespin is starting your shot with your shooting hand off center or on the side of the ball and then rotating  your hand behind it. If you under rotate your shooting hand to the side, the ball will hit the left side of the rim with sidespin and roll right. Set the ball high on the shooting side of your head between your ear and shoulder with your shooting hand facing the front of the rim. Shoot with your arm wrist and fingers going straight toward the basket. Suggested trigger words are “Front and Straight!”

Correcting Shot that Circles Out Due to Under Side Rotation of Shooting Hand

Shot Circles Out Due to Under Side Rotation of Shooting Hand

Edited from:
Wissel, H. (2011). BASKETBALL: Steps to Success. Third Edition. Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
Wissel, Hal. (2005). Basketball Shooting: Confidence, Rhythm and Mechanics DVD. Basketball World, Suffield, CT.
Wissel, Hal. (2009). Basketball Shooting: Make Your Shot Automatic DVD. Basketball World, Suffield, CT.

 

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