Shooting From a Chair Drill

Shooting From a Chair Drill
By Hal Wissel

Shooting from a chair fosters consistency in lifting the ball to the basket and extending the elbow completely on the follow-through. This drill develops shooting range and helps a player who has the tendency to throw the ball. Shooting while sitting in a chair requires you to use your back, shoulders, and full arm extension to generate force for the shot. Set the chair nine feet in front of the basket.

Practice centering yourself, balancing yourself mentally and physically. When you are centered, you are in a state of readiness; your muscles relax and you breathe a little deeper and more slowly than usual. Being centered also involves balancing your weight evenly for the skill you will be performing, which is particularly helpful for gaining power. Center yourself with confident thoughts and controlled breathing, and evenly balance your weight. Centering allows you to raise your center of gravity and transfer your force from back to shoulders to generate full power for the shot.

Place your shooting hand behind the ball with your index finger at the ball’s midpoint. Check for elbow-in alignment. Work for the sequential buildup of force from your back, shoulders, arm, wrist, and fingers as you shoot. Say your personalized key words in the rhythm of your shot from its start to the release of the ball. Visualize a successful shot with good form. Use feedback from the feel of the shot and its distance, direction, and reaction on the rim. If the shot was short, through is a good key word. To increase distance, try using back-shoulder-through for the sequential buildup of force.

To Increase Difficulty
• After making five consecutive shots from 9 feet, move the chair back until you are 12 feet from the basket.
• After making five consecutive shots from 12 feet, move the chair back until you are 15 feet from the basket (free throw distance).
• After making five consecutive shots from 15 feet, move the chair back until you are 18 feet from the basket.
• After making five consecutive shots from 18 feet, move the chair back until you are 21 feet from the basket (top of circle).

Success Check
• Pay attention to proper alignment and form.
• Say your key words in rhythm with the shot.
• Attempt to make five consecutive shots at each distance

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