Hook Shot Drills

By Hal Wissel

Hook Shot Warm-Up
In this drill, you will shoot hook shots with both your strong and weak hands. Start with your head under the front of the rim, facing the sideline in a balanced stance. Hold the ball in hook shot posi-tion with your shooting elbow at your side, your shooting hand under the ball, and your balance hand slightly behind and on top of the ball. Shoot the hook by lifting the ball to the basket in an ear-to-ear motion, keeping your balance hand on the ball until the release. Say the key words “Lock, legs, lift!” in an even rhythm from the start of your shot to release of the ball. Use two hands to catch the ball as it comes through the basket or to rebound on a missed shot. Treat a missed shot as a pass to yourself. Record the number of consecutive hook shots made with each hand.

Hook Shot Warm-Up with Crossover Step
After you can make five consecutive warm-up hook shots with each hand, move to the hook shot with a crossover step. Start with your head under the front of the rim. Face the sideline while holding the ball in hook shot position. Make a crossover step toward the foul line with your inside foot, the one that is closer to the basket, and shoot a hook shot. Pivot toward the basket on the crossover step and lift your shooting-side knee as you shoot. Say the key words “Lock, legs, lift!” in an even rhythm from the start of your shot to release of the ball. Record the number of consecutive hook shots made with each hand.

Alternate Hand Hook Shooting (Mikan Drill)
In this drill, you will alternate shooting right-handed and left-handed bank hook shots using a cross-over step. For the first shot, use your right hand. Start under the rim, facing the right sideline. Hold the ball in hook shot position with your right hand under the ball. Execute a crossover step with your inside foot at a 45-degree angle, pivoting toward the basket on the step and lifting your right knee as you shoot. Shoot a right-handed bank hook shot, aiming for the high near corner of the box on the backboard. Catch the ball with two hands after either a made shot or a rebound. Place the ball in hook shot position with your left hand under the ball. Face the left sideline and make a crossover step with your right foot at a 45-degree angle. Pivot and shoot a left-handed bank shot. Catch the ball with two hands. Continue the drill, alternating between right and left-handed hook shots. Say the key words “Lock, legs, lift!” in an even rhythm from the start of each shot to release of the ball. Record the number of consecutive hook shots made when alternating hands.

From:
Wissel, Hal. (2011). Basketball: Steps to Success. Third Edition. Human Kinetics. Champaign, IL.
Wissel, Hal. (2010). Basketball Shooting: Post Moves and Drills. DVD. Basketball World. Suffield, CT.
Wissel, Hal. (2005). Basketball Shooting: Off the Pass, Off the Dribble and In the Post. DVD. Basketball World. Suffield, CT.
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