After working on my jump shot for over 15 years, here are some tips that I found to making a dangerously perfect jump shot:
- It all starts in your feet
Make sure your feet are squared to the basket and a little less than shoulder-length apart. Your feet are a large factor in aiming where the ball goes.
Bend your knees enough to get some spring for your jump. Every player has their own comfort zone on how far to bend, but you want to get down enough to get some lift off the ground.
Grip the ball with your fingertips, not your palms. Your lower palms should never really be touching the basketball when you are squaring up for the jump shot. Try to find the rubber laces with your fingertips for better grip.
Get some inches off the ground to create distance from the defenders outstretched arms.
Even though you are holding the ball with both hands, you are bringing the ball up on the side of your shooting arm (depending on if you are right-handed or left-handed). Your other hand is simply there to support the ball in its position
As you are rising off the ground, bring the ball up to your shooting position. When you bring your shooting arm up, you want it to look like an “L” that’s slightly bending in. Your tricep and the back of your hand should be parallel with the ground. The ball should be resting on your fingertips right beside your eye. Your “L” should be facing in the direction of the basketball hoop. Your other arm should be in an “L” shape with your hand slightly supporting the side of the ball.
In the peak of your jump (right before you start to come down) release the ball with your fingertips towards the basket. Push downwards on the ball with your fingertips to cause rotation for the ball in the air. When the ball leaves your hand, your fingers should be extended and pointing downwards as far as your wrist can extend.
Keep your hand extended in the released position until the ball goes through the hoop. This is called your follow-through. You can keep your hand in this position for as long as you want depending on how much you want to taunt the other players!