How To Become A Better 3-Point Shooter
The obvious answer is to practice more, so should you just go out there and start launching some tre’s?
Unfortunately, most players answer “yes” to that question.
The real secret here is that shooting has everything to do with good form and good rhythm. So always start there.
It might sound strange but to become a better 3-point shooter, you have to first become flawless in shooting close to the basket. If you can’t hit 10 in a row from 3 feet, then you’re no where close to being ready for shooting 3 pointers. Get your form perfect in close, and I promise you, in the long run you will become a much better 3-point shooter.
So, here’s what I suggest.
Start in close, right in front of the basket, concentrate on having flawless form, and make 5 in a row from 3 feet. You’ll find out pretty fast that it’s not that easy.
Once you can swish 5 in a row using flawless form, take a couple of steps back. If your form or rhythm changes, then take a step back and make a mental note because THIS is the limit of your range. Don’t take a shot any further than that spot until you can make it consistently using good form.
In fact, if I were you, I’d stay at that spot until your shot feels like it did at 3 feet.
Once it feels comfortable at that spot, take another couple of steps back. Keep doing this until you get to the 3 point line.
If you’ll stick to this system, then by the time you’re behind the arc, you will have a solid foundation of good shooting form and good rhythm.
Once you can consistently make 6 out of 10 shots or 5 swishes in a row without any defense on you (you may hove to shoot several hundred shots for it to feel super comfortable and to make that many), then start incorporating some 3 point shooting drills.
It doesn’t really matter what type of drills, as long as you’re keeping that perfect form.
You see, most players struggle from behind the arc because they have to change their shot to get the ball to the basket.
If you have to change your shot, then it’s a clear sign that you are not quite ready to be shooting from that distance.
Trust me, if you’re having to change your shot in order to get the ball to the basket, then you need to stop and move closer in.
If you don’t, then you’ll remain an inconsistent shooter with poor form.
Besides lots of practice, the key to become a great 3 point shooter is to make sure it’s in your range. If it is, then you won’t have to struggle to get the ball to the basket or sacrifice good form. Because if you’ll notice, great shooters have the exact shame shot every time they shoot, no matter where they are on the floor.
As important as all of that is, let me leave you with something that is even more valuable…. if you can’t hit at least 5 out of 10 three-points shots in practice (with no defense), then you certainly should not be shooting from that distance in a game.