3 Free Throw Tips from a Pro NBA Skills Trainer | NBA Playmakers

3 Free Throw Tips from a Pro NBA Skills Trainer | NBA Playmakers


What’s going on, guys? Jordan Lawley
of Jordan Lawley Basketball – I am here with the
NBA Playmakers, and we’re gonna give you three secrets
to become a better free throw shooter. Now if you guys want to elevate
your game to the next level, and make it to a college or
professional-caliber team, you guys have to be
great free throw shooters. Now yes, there are those freak of natures
who shoot the ball 20% from the free throw line, but those are also seven footers, or guys
that can do way more things than we can. So we have to make sure
that we’re producing every bucket we can from
this silly little stripe, and we’re gonna give you guys
three secrets to do so. The first secret to shooting
better free throws is making sure that we
find this silly little nail. Now, on every free throw line,
there’s a nail in the middle of the court. And that’s gonna line us up
with the middle of the rim. So we wanna make sure that when we
go into our shot, we find that line, and we get squared up to our target. For me, as a leftee, I’m gonna
align my left shoulder with that nail. So that way,
my shooting elbow – when I finish my shot – is right down the middle of the rim. For rightees, when you shoot –
line that right shoulder up with the nail. Once again, not your toes,
’cause then you’ll be off-centered. Line that right should up with your nail.
So that way when you release, your elbows finish down
the middle of your target. The second secret to
shooting better free throws is making sure that we have
proper alignment with our base. Now, there’s a lot of shooters
that shoot squared-up completely. But for me, what I’ve noticed for myself
and the players that I train, is that we wanna offset. So as a leftee, my left foot
is going to be forward, and my right foot is going to be
just behind where that left foot is positioned. Making sure that my base
is shoulder width apart, so that way, by the time I elevate into my shot,
I’m getting all the force, all the power up into my shot, while making sure that my left elbow – my shooting elbow –
is pointed down the middle of the rim. For rightees going into that finish,
make sure that right foot’s a little bit forward. Once again, notice my feet.
That right foot is offset from the left, but I’m still
shoulder width apart. Each toe is pointed right
directly underneath my shoulder. The third secret to shooting better free throws
is making sure that you have a routine. So for me, I step up to
the line, give a deep breath… I’ll take my
three bounces. And after that third bounce,
I’ll give a spin. I have two hip loads. And by the time
I get set for that second hip load, I’ll go quickly into a
ball and hip release. Nice fluid, firm release, getting myself centered
and controlled to the basket. That routine is so important because it
gives us a level of consistency and comfort by the time we
step foot to the line. And that’s one of the biggest things.
This is a free throw. Key word being ‘free’, we need to be
as comfortable and consistent when stepping to that line as possible. JLawBball here. Make sure you
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