How To Avoid (or Get Out Of) A Shooting Slump
(part 2 of 2)
And finally, Clear Your Mind - The more you focus on the fact that you’re in a slump, the more slumpy you’ll be. So, it’s important to learn how to clear your mind.
Try this unique trick that clears your mind.
If you have a really bad slump that you just can’t bust out of, try this technique… This unique process erases the “negative shooting memories” in your mind and replaces them with good ones.
Step 1 – Shoot 5 shots about 8 feet from the basket.
Step 2 – Now shoot with your left hand (or weak hand), 5 shots.
Step 3 – Go to the free throw line. Again, shoot with your left hand (or weak hand), 5 shots.
Step 4 – Step back behind the three point line. Shoot 10 shots with your left hand.
Step 5 – Go to half court. Shoot 10 shots with your strong hand.
Step 6 – Stand on one leg. Shoot 10 shots with your strong hand. Concentrate! Try to make the shots.
Step 7 – Close one eye, while standing on one leg. Shoot 10 shots with your strong hand. (You probably won’t touch the rim, but that’s ok, keep trying to make it.)
Step 8 – Now switch to your left (off) hand. Close one eye, while standing on one leg. Shoot 10 shots. Seriously try to make it. Do your absolute BEST to make the shot. Concentrate!
Step 9 – Now, go into your shooting range and shoot some mid-range jump shots with your right hand. Don’t worry if you make any shots. That’s not important. Just shoot, don’t think. The shot should feel really easy for you now. (People watching might think you’re crazy, but this silly mental compression trick can break you out of even the worst shooting slump). If you start slipping back into your slump, try this routine again. Usually one routine will fix the problem, if not two or three times will most certainly do the trick.
Now, if the slump doesn’t go away, then there could be something technically wrong with your shot, in which case you need find someone knowledgeable, and have him or her evaluate your shot. Do not change your shot every time you have a bad day because the key to a pure shooter is having the exact same form every time, without ever having to think about it. But if your form is wrong, then you must correct that first.
Just relax and your confidence and rhythm will return, and your shot will naturally come back.
So, the next time you find yourself in a shooting slump, try these basketball tips to help break you out of your slump. Just relax and play.