How to Become a “Clutch” Free-Throw Shooter
Did you know there is no such thing as a “clutch” free throw shooter? Yes, you heard me right. But wait, you say… what about Jordan, Kobe, or Nash? Well yes, those guys are great free throw shooters. And they will make 9 out of 10 free throws whether it’s the first quarter or the last. They are just examples of great shooters who accept the challenge of shooting a free throw anytime, anywhere, and under any condition. And guess what… they’ll make 9 out of 10 every time.
You see, you must first understand that all foul shots is a foul shot, no matter where you are. A foul shot in your driveway during the summer with no one watching is the exact same shot as one in a championship game with 10,000 people in the stands. The ball is the same….. the foul line is still 15 feet from the rim…. and the basket is still 10 feet off the floor. The only thing that has changed is your mind.
To become a “clutch” shooter is all in your mind. And here’s how you achieve it.
Every time you step to the free throw line, you should have one objective
To Make The Shot!!!!
If you’re in your driveway, make the shot. If you’re in practice, then make the shot. If you’re in the first minute of the game, then make the shot. And if there is only 0:01 second left on the clock with your team down a point, your objective has not changed. It’s still “make the shot.”
If you wonder “will I make it” or “what if I miss it,” then your shot will suffer and you will not have the comfort you need for you to be successful.
Here’s a little secret that almost every good player does: get a routine and take every free throw shot the exact same way. Use the routine every time you’re at that line. Then, no matter the conditions or situation, just do your thing and rely on your routine…. step to the line, settle into your routine, and “make the shot.”