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Old 08-19-2012, 02:38 AM   #16
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Another thing is that I'm extremely streaky when it comes to free throws. I can go 7-7 at the stripe one game and they feel like layups, but the next game I'll go 2-5. I know your supposed to shoot the exact same way every time but some days it just doesn't feel right. Maybe if I practice more the muscle memory will be stronger.

Live in the gym. work on perfecting your craft. Start slow and build your way up. Set markers, beat them. Your going to have haters, put that in your mental notes list, when you become a big time player make sure you let them know.

That's my advice. and

Shyt mane, that wiping jersey, ball to the side not doing you any favors bro. Its all about consistency and repetition to build some serious muscle memory.
I shoot about 90% in game. 92-98% percent when i practice. I went from an below average at best FT% to the best FT% at pretty much every gym I go or whatever game im in to no matter what the competition level is so, before i start giving real advice

jw how does your on the court workouts usuallly go, in terms of makes/attempts and stuff.
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:01 AM   #17
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jw how does your on the court workouts usuallly go, in terms of makes/attempts and stuff.
Um I set goals for myself. For example make 200 before going to get water.
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:20 AM   #18
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Um I set goals for myself. For example make 200 before going to get water.
200 makes actually a pretty good number, what about percentage wise how many do you usually make outta 100 or whatever you shoot it out of. doesn't have to be precise just the range of which you think.
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200 makes actually a pretty good number, what about percentage wise how many do you usually make outta 100 or whatever you shoot it out of. doesn't have to be precise just the range of which you think.
Can be anywhere from 38 to 80ish. usually it's like make 5 miss 3 make 7 miss 2 make 1 miss 2 etc.
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:03 AM   #20
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Can be anywhere from 38 to 80ish. usually it's like make 5 miss 3 make 7 miss 2 make 1 miss 2 etc.

Yikes
again, i can't teach you how to shoot, but i can give you a few pointers. The main thing is just staying in the gym working on your craft. Remember everybody different.

To me the reason why I think free throws are so important, is that it has a strong correlation how good a shooter you are or can potentially be. In terms of 3 point shot, off the dribble its all related.

ok maybe try this.

1. Do away with your " kobe" routine.too much "stuff" your doing. Keep it simple 1-3 bounces, spin ball, look at rim, all one motion. This way you can also get more reps up when you practice thus build more consistency.

2. This is my biggest advice in terms of accuracy. MAKE SURE YOUR HAND POSITION IS THE SAME EVERYTIME. Your left hand and right. The best way to do this is use the laces of the ball everytime. So the where the lines of the basketball are parrallel to yourself. Make sure that hand positions is the same everytime. And the best way to do this is right when you do you " spin the ball motion" immediately lineup hands after. ( if you struggle at 3 pointers this helps it also)

3. my second biggest advice in terms of accuracy is my method i created called " triceps up" . So basically when you follow thru, literally push your tricep upward vertical motion while you are following thru.

Step 2 and 3 have been proven to work. Some people who watch me workout, have been in awe about how much of a machine i am especially from ft line. I immediately tell them i can improve your ft shot right now. They don't believe me, until I tell them steps 2 and 3. and 100% of the time so far its improved their ft shot the second i told this to them ( which may not be saying much about some)

In terms of reps/makes. I like to start out making 500 the second I step into a gym for my workout. that's my "warmup". then inbetween any drill i do i make 10 in a row. Then before a gym i have to make 100.

Again, I built my way up. I say for you start off with 100 as " warmup" make 5 in a row inbetween anything you do. and 100 before you leave a gym.

If you want you me to post a video, if you want to see my method explained visually I can do that. That's how important I feel free throws are and shouldn't be butchered with inconsistency like what you stated your problem to be.

To answer your original question: I did copy routine from OJ Mayo. Which is the one bounce to shot. But in terms of looks ( and accuracy) it is comparable to Ray Allen's, I personally think mine looks better than his to be honest, cause i only take one bounce ( compared to his three), and less leg motion.
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Sounds great. I admire your work ethic lilojmayo.
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Old 08-19-2012, 07:43 AM   #22
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Same as always.

Three strong dribbles and chuck it up there.

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Your going to have haters, put that in your mental notes list, when you become a big time player make sure you let them know

or alternatively, you could try, and not be a douchebag
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:22 PM   #24
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I ripped Reggie Miller... if its a game there is usually powder around, i would douse it in my hands (can live without it tho), then i would walk up to the FT line and align myself (right leg a bit infront of the left leg, shoulders and feet straight towards the rim), stand and press the ball left-handed against my left hip and extending my right hand upward in a shooting motion. Then take three dribbles and shoot, follow thru, heels up.... swish.. shooting motion/technique/stroke is also in style of Ray Allen/Reggie Miller

If its just practice, i mostly just dribble the ball 3 times and let it fly...

I shoot around 90% or more.... no bragging really, im outside/inside shooting the ball around 6 or sometimes more hours almost everyday, rain, snow, night, morning, who cares, i am dangerously addicted :P

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Old 08-19-2012, 04:08 PM   #25
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I just take my time, dribble three times, and shoot it.
I've got a high, Dirkesque release, and with it I've found that bending my knees tends to lower my percentage, so I keep standing up straight throughout.
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I just take my time, dribble three times, and shoot it.
I've got a high, Dirkesque release, and with it I've found that bending my knees tends to lower my percentage, so I keep standing up straight throughout.

not sure how good of FT you are, but locked knees will come back and bite you, especially if its in crunch time. a little flexiblity in the knees at minimum But locked knees
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Sounds great. I admire your work ethic lilojmayo.




Really though you just gotta find what works for you, stay in the gym and at worst you will get better.

Try what i told you though about that technique and tell me how it goes.
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Old 08-20-2012, 12:48 AM   #28
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Really though you just gotta find what works for you, stay in the gym and at worst you will get better.

Try what i told you though about that technique and tell me how it goes.
Will do. Hey my school's freshman b-ball tryouts start October 29th. Any tips to be mentally ready? On the physical side I've been staying in shape and eating right so I think my biggest hurdle is to learn to be confident in my abilities.
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Will do. Hey my school's freshman b-ball tryouts start October 29th. Any tips to be mentally ready? On the physical side I've been staying in shape and eating right so I think my biggest hurdle is to learn to be confident in my abilities.

Yes, I am aware of your age/grade. Man you got so much potential inside you young fella, but you don't even know it yet. I know this because i have seen you ( i lurk) ask many question about to improve your craft.

With all that being said

Your biggest hurdle is not ability. Your biggest hurdle is you don't live in the gym (yet). Find out what time your HS Gym is open, or if there is a gym walkable/bikeable distance from your house. And then build your schedule around it. If your school has a shooting gun machine, ask how to operate it and use it.

Buy a nice pair of headphones w/ mp3/ipod ( it will be your new best friend)


If your HS Gym open before school, wake up early get in there and shoot.
At lunch time, you have an extended amount time, instead of talking to friends/broads eat quickly, get in the gym and shoot. After school talk to broads for a little bit, then when they leave on the bus, stay in school go to the gym and shoot. Come home do your h/w, chill, internets, go back for a night session and shoot. Then after chill, text broads while watching player in game highlights of NBA guards ( via youtube).

Work on ball handling also, stay away from 2-ball stuff not necessary at this point. One ball drills.

Come up with on the court plan and stick to it. Do it 5x a week, run pickup with ya friends on weekends repeat.

There is seriously no need for you to do any weights at all. Its a waste of time, because your body years from developing and having high testosterone levels that will result in serious gains relatively quickly.

There are two main things that make up basketball talent imo: athleticism/size and skill.

Right now just dont worry about the 1st ingredient for right now, just the 2nd which is skill. Become one of the best shooters on your team, and one of the best ball handlers. A HS coach can teach you how to play defense, how to run an offense ( not playmaking abilities though), get you in shape.

This takes time( years) and consistency. Rome wasn't built in a day. but when it was finished being built, it looked ***** amazing.
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Is practicing handles/shooting outside much worse than in a gym? I like your suggestion of dividing time to practice by myself but also play pickup games on the weekend. I think I can get significantly better in the two months before tryouts.
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