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Old 11-12-2009, 09:07 PM   #1
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Default Tip for anyone who wants more range on their jumper

I can pretty much shoot the ball from anywhere on the court.

Literally.

I'm no star player, but I've never met anybody with more range on their jumpshot than me. With above average accuracy, I can shoot from walls, out of bounds areas, half court, NBA 3-point range... you name it.

Just the other night I made 3-5 from half court.

If you're wondering if I'm a big guy, I'm not. I'm scrawny, a generous 5'10" and honestly, I'm pretty weak (I couldn't bench press 100 lbs, that's for sure).

My secret?!?

Elevation.

When I jump to release my shot, I give myself a little surge of elevation (simply with a slight, outward bend in my knees).

I used to study Ray Allen's jumper as child (I'm an old school Bucks fan who's seen He Got Game atleast a 100 times) and the one thing I was able to mimic exactly is the extra kick he gives himself while in the air.

Also, this has nothing to do with your vertical leap. I actually have such a crappy vertical that I can barely touch the net.

The one part of my body with muscular definition is my calf muscles, and with the right motion in my legs I can even make 3-pointers without jumping.

So, my ISH community; I am passing my one basketball secret on to you.

Want infinite range? Work on the elevation in your jumpshot.
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Old 11-12-2009, 09:39 PM   #2
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Default Re: Tip for anyone who wants more range on their jumper

That's only one of the aspects. You can't shoot a halfcourt shot with the same amount of strength as a 3 pointer. Your triceps also play a major role.

Also, even if you manage to shoot from half court, the odds of you making the basket are slim. I'm not challenging your shot or anything, but I find that the farther I am from the rim, the harder it is for me to aim. I can hit 8/10 mid range jumpshots under pressure. 3 pointers? Maybe 4/10 if I'm open. Don't get me wrong, I can shoot from the NBA 3, but then chances of me making it are slim to none.
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Old 11-12-2009, 09:51 PM   #3
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That's only one of the aspects. You can't shoot a halfcourt shot with the same amount of strength as a 3 pointer. Your triceps also play a major role.

Also, even if you manage to shoot from half court, the odds of you making the basket are slim. I'm not challenging your shot or anything, but I find that the farther I am from the rim, the harder it is for me to aim. I can hit 8/10 mid range jumpshots under pressure. 3 pointers? Maybe 4/10 if I'm open. Don't get me wrong, I can shoot from the NBA 3, but then chances of me making it are slim to none.

You're right, I have to adjust if I'm shooting from half-court. I definitely need to put more strength into my jumpshot to reach the basket, again though, it's mostly more lift in my knees. On a good shooting day, I can probably shoot 30%+ from half court. Went 3-for-5 the other night, and won a bet.

As far as triceps go, I'm not lying when I tell you I have trouble bench pressing the bar. I have zero upperbody strength. My range is all in my legs and the lift on my jumper.

I'm not a typical shooter though, I actually get more accurate the farther back I go. I can't even play on auxiliary courts, because I need to shoot from behind the arc to really find my groove. I feel most comfortable about 6 inches behind the 3-point line. If I'm on, I'll hit those all day.

I'll tell you this though, I'm a streaky shooter. Some days I'll shoot 0-20. But if I'm hot, I'll shoot 50%+, and long range shots are my bread and butter.
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:08 PM   #4
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Default Re: Tip for anyone who wants more range on their jumper

I agree that elevation helps. Once in middle school my team had a three point shot competition just to see who was the best. I went 1 for 30. Then a couple weeks later we did it again but this time we only shot 5 and i focused on getting as high as i could on my jump and i went 3 for 5.

I just don't think that elevation is everything.
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Old 11-12-2009, 11:35 PM   #5
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I agree that elevation helps. Once in middle school my team had a three point shot competition just to see who was the best. I went 1 for 30. Then a couple weeks later we did it again but this time we only shot 5 and i focused on getting as high as i could on my jump and i went 3 for 5.

I just don't think that elevation is everything.

You're right. It doesn't affect accuracy, but it increases shooting range. It will help you add distance to your release.
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Old 11-13-2009, 09:30 AM   #6
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I think it's more of leg strength than elevation. There are some people that just jump out of the gym when they shoot but end up making it too strong or short.
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Old 11-13-2009, 10:38 AM   #7
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I think that it's more about timing when you shoot. A lot of people say that you should release the ball at the height of your jump but I find that if you do that then it ends up being more arm strength then elevation. When I shoot I usually release the ball on my way up instead of at the tip so that way your leg strength affects your shot much more.
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Old 11-13-2009, 11:55 AM   #8
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30%+ from half court .. i'm not a hater but i'm sure you can understand why i have my doubts.. and when you say you can shoot from ANYWHERE on the court? lol i'm not doubting you can hit rim from anywhere on the court, but what are the chances it's gonna go in.. the furthest i can go without my shooting form being bothered is probably 6-8 feet behind the three point line (college). real effort to put up the shot starts at around 4-6 feet out.

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the key to being a good shooter is all about developing a form that you can use every single time from 3 feet out to 25 feet out without having to tweak your form. i also think that even though legs does play a big role powerwise, it isn't necessary. i don't use my legs that much when i'm shooting 3's and it doesn't really affect my shot. think nowitzki..
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Old 11-13-2009, 07:38 PM   #9
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30%+ from half court .. i'm not a hater but i'm sure you can understand why i have my doubts.. and when you say you can shoot from ANYWHERE on the court? lol i'm not doubting you can hit rim from anywhere on the court, but what are the chances it's gonna go in.. the furthest i can go without my shooting form being bothered is probably 6-8 feet behind the three point line (college). real effort to put up the shot starts at around 4-6 feet out.

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the key to being a good shooter is all about developing a form that you can use every single time from 3 feet out to 25 feet out without having to tweak your form. i also think that even though legs does play a big role powerwise, it isn't necessary. i don't use my legs that much when i'm shooting 3's and it doesn't really affect my shot. think nowitzki..

Hey man, we're on the same page.

From half court, I can usually go 3 for 10.... but it's also possible I go 0-10. I have my off days like everybody else and if I really shot the ball perfectly I'd be playing in Europe somewhere.

And you know, anywhere on the court is an exaggeration. The farthest I can legitimately go is maybe a 1-2 feet behind half court and beyond that I'm heaving up airballs like everybody else.

I just have above average accuracy, and impressive range. I'm not saying you can't do this other ways (Nowitizki is a great example), it's just that I can literally feel an extra kick in my legs that adds about 4+ ft to my range. Been working on it since 7th grade and it's the one thing I have down pat.

Most people can't comfortably shoot from as far back as I can (though I'm guessing you probably could) and people are always asking me how I shoot from the walls. Just thought I'd make an informative thread about it.
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Old 11-13-2009, 07:55 PM   #10
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Default Re: Tip for anyone who wants more range on their jumper

Yo guy? Whenever I'm around 40-60 feet back I just kock the ball behind my head and let it go like a slingshot. My aim is maintained but the shot is linear. I'm actually quite accurate from here as well haha.

I jump my highest when doing lay-ups and I also set shot 3's Man what a f*ckin noob I am.
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Old 11-14-2009, 01:23 AM   #11
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Need help shooting - My jumper is really bad, falls short most of the time.

Any advice? Links? Tips on shooting form?

(I am 6'4 and 14 yers old) if it helps. I also play cenetr so I understand jumpers aren't what I should primarily be working on, but I need to work on them.
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Need help shooting - My jumper is really bad, falls short most of the time.

Any advice? Links? Tips on shooting form?

(I am 6'4 and 14 yers old) if it helps. I also play cenetr so I understand jumpers aren't what I should primarily be working on, but I need to work on them.

Damn. I hate being shorter than you by 7 inches and older than you by a year.

Anyway, try going to YouTube and searching "ShotScience". They have some pretty good videos and have really helped me.
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Old 11-14-2009, 03:22 AM   #13
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Damn. I hate being shorter than you by 7 inches and older than you by a year.

Anyway, try going to YouTube and searching "ShotScience". They have some pretty good videos and have really helped me.


Thanks man, will do.

Sorry I get that alot
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Old 11-14-2009, 10:50 AM   #14
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Thanks man, will do.

Sorry I get that alot

Me too. I am 6'5" and 16 and im a foot taller than some of my sisters friends (sophmores in college) and they hate when im around unless i sit down
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Old 11-14-2009, 07:25 PM   #15
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I am an inch shorter then you and two years younger.

I'll catch you
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