I've always found that shooting straight on to start with is important. Particularly with 3's. It gives you the best sense of depth perception, allows you to figure out the touch needed to get the ball the distance, and most importantly, shoot straight.
Those of you who are good shooters what did you do to become a good shooter. Did you just put up a lot of shots every day or did you do something more structured?
first you must have all the essential elements of a good jumpshot. no point putting up tons of shots if you're replicating bad habits every shot.
i start with a warmup from straight ahead, like plowking said, it helps with depth perception. I usually start right in front of the rim and shoot without my off hand. make 5 shots and then take a step back until i can no longer shoot comfortably with one hand. Then i start again from right in front of the rim and then shoot with my offhand. work myself as far as i can without breaking my form (THIS IS KEY, DONT SACRIFICE FORM FOR RANGE, if you cant shoot it comfortably, dont worry itll come eventually if you practice, it means your muscles arent used to it)
that should take about 15-20 mins, depending on how accurate you are at first. It might seem childish but i 100% GUARANTEE that after a few sessions you will be a better shooter
then i like to pick a specific type of shot (ie. one dribble pull ups, coming around screens, rip throughs etc.) and drill that. Usually aim for an optimistic percentage, i do a 2 wind sprints everytime i miss the goal (just for added fun lol)
Whenever I shoot/practice shots lately, it seems like my long range 2/3 pointer is on whenever I practice some easier inside shots. It just seems like I get into a rhythm a lot easier and it's helping those harder shots.
Its gotta be an everyday affiar. Back in my day playing vars I used to do a 30 minute workout before school just shooting up shots. I didn't have a lot of time so I used to try to get as many up as I could. It kept more sharp and confident for gametime at the park or a game
Thanks for the advice. Right now I just play for fun and I try to shoot around almost every day but it doesn't seem to help in games. This may be due to the fact that I started later than most of the players I play with and I spent most of my "athletic prime" in the weight room. I'm looking for advice because I coach and I hate to tell players to do something if it's not working for me.
I always start with ballhandling and touch drills. I will then start within a few feet of the rim and shoot without my guide hand; this is continued from all angles and I work out to the longest comfortable distance. After I feel good about that (5-10 minutes), I shoot freethrows for another 5-10 mintues to reinforce the form and acclimate the guide hand.
To finish I will move back closer to the rim and start to shoot normal jumpers from all angles working my way out to longest comfortable distance (range will increase).
Something that helped me is freethrows. Once I found a good form for my freethrows and was able to hit about 10 or 20 in a row easily, I moved around to other areas of the court and kept my form. I also make sure I have a good grip on the ball (no homo ).
You start from under the basket. Do layups, hook shots, make sure you're making baskets. You are increasing the range bit by bit, changing sides. Steve Nash posted the workout, I have it somewhere. Myself I always hit few shots not using the legs at all, and then few from the squat position jumping up.
Basically, make sure you hitting high percentage, or get back closer to the basket. Increase range gradually.
When I was younger I had to adjust my shot because I started playing young (like 8) and developed a bad habit of cocking my elbow out about 45 deg off center.
The best practice I can recommend is obviously get in the gym as much as you can but when practicing your form. I can't stress enough practice up close with 1 hand. Learn that balance without your other hand, and slowly move back. Once you're almost to the free throw line and can nail those with consistency you're starting to get your form locked in.
The best 'anywhere' practice was a habit I picked up from a camp in junior high. You can do it lying in bed, assuming you're halfway coordinated and have enough ceiling space. Just line up your jumper while you're lying down, try to roll it off your finger tips in the shooting motion and have it grow straight up and straight down. Doin this every night growing up is a huge part of the reason I developed into a shooter despite being taller (6'4") but it's a lot of fun being a nightmare with the in/out game to play with.
Just remembered in the summers growing up I would shoot 60-100 free throws/day which is another good way to get double duty out of your practice (reinforcing your form/free throw routine).