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Stationary Shooting Form


shooting-fund-eyes (20K)

  • To improve accuracy, locate the target (rim) as early as possible.
  • Keep your eyes on the target and do not follow the flight of the ball.
  • Keeping your target focus is very important!


shooting-fund-stance (15K)

  • Feet are shoulder width apart for good balance.
  • Feet should be in a slightly staggered stance that is consistent and comfortable for you. Your shooting foot is slightly ahead of the non-shooting foot in a comfortable position.
  • Point your feet in the general direction of the basket, but not necessarily directly at it.
  • Whatever stance you use, consistency is critical.
  • Flex/bend your knees on every shot.


shooting-fund-pocket (13K)

  • As you catch the ball, move it quickly into the shot pocket. 
  • Line everything up so the ball and your shooting eye form a straight line to the basket. This is VERY important.
  • Position the ball several inches above your waist.
  • Grip the ball properly and be ready to shoot.
  • Position the ball in your shot pocket the SAME way every time you catch it.


  • Place the air hole between the middle and index fingers.
  • Line up your fingertip pads parallel to the long seams of the ball, so you can monitor the back spin.
  • Leave space between the ball and the middle of your palm. You should be able to insert a pencil between the ball and your palm area.
shooting-fund-grip1 (10K)
  • Spread your fingers far enough apart to comfortably balance the ball in one hand.
  • The ball should sit on your finger pads.
shooting-fund-grip2 (13K)


  • Your non-shooting hand should be on the side of the ball.
  • Your balance hand should not add force or spin to the shot.
  • shooting-fund-balance-hand1 (13K)
  • Your non-shooting hand should not move on delivery and should ALWAYS come off the ball FIRST.
  • shooting-fund-balance-hand2 (13K)


  • The ball should start motion directly upwards from the shot pocket (no dipping of the ball).
  • Your elbow should be positioned comfortably under the ball.
  • The ball stays in front of you and should not go behind your head.

shooting-fund-delivery1 (13K)

  • Uncoil your body with your legs, core, and arm power all coordinated.
  • Your elbow and wrist should extend in a straight line to the basket.

shooting-fund-delivery2 (22K)

  • Your shooting hand should extend in a straight line to the rim.
  • Hand position on delivery is very important. The ball should come off the hand with perfect symmetrical backspin.
  • As shown in the picture to the right, your guide hand stays to the side and does not influence the flight of the ball.

shooting-fund-delivery3 (12K)


shooting-fund-upforce (15K)

  • Release the ball on the way up, just before the top of your jump.
  • Use your legs to generate upforce.
  • You should land in the same spot that you jumped, which shows that you have good balance on your shot.
shooting-fund-upforce2 (17K)


shooting-fund-follow-through (19K)

  • Your wrists should be floppy (relaxed).
  • Fingers should be pointed at the target (rim).
  • Finish high. You should see your fingers at the top square of the back board.
  • Hold your follow through position until the ball hits the rim.

Source: www.breakthroughbasketball.com