Originally Posted by Burgz V2
Most people think they are shooting at their peak but in fact they are shooting as they are starting to come down (i've done a lot of shooting clinics and most of them talk about this).
I try to envision myself shooting as I'm reaching my peak instead of at my peak because it helps prevent myself from letting the ball go on the way down, which a) makes your shot flat and b) actually requires more strength/wastes energy.
I think you hit the nail right on the head. A very common misconception amongst players is that "shooting at the peak of your jump" means waiting to begin the actual arm-shooting process until your elevation has plateaued. This results in players (as you mentioned) actually not releasing their shot until their elevation has begun to decline.
I believe shooters should aim for one smooth, continuous motion. I do not support attempting to implement any kind of freezing or segmentation. Even when referencing Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant, they're ideally trying to complete their shots in a single motion (and their release process still begins on their way up).
Originally Posted by Jyap9675
Do you guys reckon professional players practice different elevations/shooting modes? Seems like they also vary their shot depending whether they are open or not.
I believe players like to prepare for every given situation. For example, I've heard Steve Nash's pre-game layup routines involved all sorts of weird and wild attempts from random and rare angles. Teammates would scoff, then watch him employ those finishes on the odd chance they popped up in-game.
However, I do not believe NBA players are consciously altering their jump shot release points on the fly. Everyone wants to get to a precise release point they've practiced and perfected over many years. Extenuating circumstances may rarely induce a double pump of some sort (or hanging onto the release for an extra split second) but those plays tend to be more improvisation than a payoff of endless amounts of practice on that particular release.