Practicing on your own is a must as a basketball player. It is important to spend time on the court and put up as many shots as you can.
But just shooting baskets won’t be enough to prepare you for game day. It can be crucial to add drills to your workout that simulate game speed and situations you will face on the hardwood.
The Spin Out Shooting Drill can do just that by challenging you to use a hard change of direction and explode into your shots or drives.
“This is a drill designed to focus on simulated game-speed shooting, moving without the ball and reading the defense,” DICK’S Sporting Goods Associate and former Division I assistant coach Derek Liebert says.
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SPIN OUT SHOOTING DRILL
Before getting started, you will need to mark five spots on the court. These spots should be 12 to 15 feet from the hoop and include each baseline, the elbow extended and the free-throw line. You can use chalk, cones or anything you have handy to mark the spots.
To run through the drill, you will perform three different shots at each marker. The shots you will attempt include:
- Spot-up jump shot
- One-dribble pull-up
- Drive to the rim and finish
Once you attempt a shot, grab the ball and spin it out to the marker to attempt your next shot. You can also have a partner join you in the drill and have them pass you the ball.
Be sure to plant your inside foot around the marker and get your hips square to the hoop. On the catch, be sure to get into the triple-threat position and prepare as if you’re reading the defense.
Do not drift on your shot attempts. Make sure to attempt your shots in a straight up and down position.
Also, make sure to track your progress as you work through the drill. Your goal should be to make each of the three shots from each spot on the court.
“In this drill, game speed will mean game fatigue,” Liebert says. “Maintain consistency and shooting form and challenge yourself until you hit that perfect 15.”
Looking for more basketball driveway drills? Try the Star Drill to focus on your shooting form as well as catching and shooting. Adding the Two-in-a-Row Drill can help improve shooting form and release.