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Shooting Skills


Set Shot

The shooting hand is positioned on the low-back side of the ball, fingers spread comfortably wide. The off-hand is on the low-forward side and falls away before releasing the ball. The shooter rises to his toes and thrusts with his legs. Simultaneously, the shooting arm thrusts to full extension. Finally, fingers flexing downward at the wrist in order to impart a gentle backspin of the ball.


Set Shot

This shot is hardly used by modern-day players. However, it is the most accurate shot from long range. The ball is held comfortably in the fingertips of both hands. The elbows are held fairly close to the body. Execution is a simultaneous thrust with arms and legs, rising from the heels, with a flick of the wrists and fingers.
One-handed (underhand) Shot From the initial position with both hands holding the ball, reach toward the basket with one hand under the ball, allowing the helper hand fall away. With your shooting arm fully extended and eyes focused on the sighting spot, lift the ball toward the basket or a spot on the backboard. Finally add a soft flick of the wrist and fingers.
Jump Shot Takeoff can either be from a stationary position, facing any direction, or from a position on the move. The hands are positioned with the off-hand leading and the shooting hand trailing. The shooter raises the ball with both hands to a shooting position slightly forward. When nearing the apex of his jump, the shooter uncocks the forearm and wrist in a quick motion, allowing the off-hand to fall away. The forward motion of the shooting hand and fingertips impart a gentle backspin to the ball.
Lay-Up Approaching from the right (technique reverses from the left), the shooter grasps the ball in both hands as his/her right foot hits the floor, keeping the body between the ball and defender. This last step is a shorter step that enables the shooter to convert his forward motion into vertical jumping thrust. At the top of the high jump, with both arms above your head allow the left hand to fall away. Your right arm, wrist, and fingers extend to place the ball.
Hook Shot For a right handed hook, the shooter pivots to the left, pushing off his right foot, turning his/her body and head to pick up the sighting point, while his/her right hand, palm up, extends out parallel to the floor. Success depends upon effective sighting, a soft wrist, fingertip control, and a smooth continuous follow-through.
Dunk Shot A slam dunk, also dunk or dunk shot, is a type of basketball shot that is performed when a player jumps in the air, controls the ball above the horizontal plane of the rim, and scores by putting the ball directly through the basket with one or both hands.

Free-Throw Shot

Free throws or foul shots are unopposed attempts to score points from a restricted area on the court (free throw line) and are generally awarded after a foul on the shooter by the opposing team. Each successful free throw is worth one point. Free throws are executed as One-handed or Two-handed Set shots.