How to Improve Your Basketball Shooting Form

Very few babies come out of the womb with a jump shot like Michael Jordan.

Learning how to shoot a basketball doesn't come naturally to everyone. In most cases, mastering the skill takes advice from coaches and elders, along with hours of practice.

While there are differing opinions when it comes to the correct shooting form, most agree on a few basic guidelines. To remember them, the creators of Excel Basketball Camp created a useful acronym:


The creator of the camp, Frank Allocco Sr., was the head coach of the men's basketball team at De La Salle High School in Concord, California, for 18 seasons. He led the school to 17 East Bay Athletic League titles and two state championships.

In 2014, Allocco Sr. was named the associate head coach at the University of San Francisco. He also played football and basketball at the University of Notre Dame in the 1970s. In short, Allocco Sr. knows a thing or two about basketball.

To begin, hold the ball in the palm of your hand with a small amount of space between your skin and the ball. Both your wrist and elbow should be bent at about 90 degrees.

Your feet should be about shoulder-width apart, and the foot of your shooting hand should be slightly ahead of your other foot. If you were to slide your other foot over, the ball of this foot would fit like a puzzle piece with the arch of the foot on your shooting-hand side. Additionally, both feet should be directly facing the basket.

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