[Dossier] The title in modern basketball. How do you improve your shot?

[Sponsorié] First of all, I think it is important to establish a consensus as to what is really meant to be skillful. Not in its theoretical value, which is the success in an act, whatever it may be, or at least the ability to do it, but in its practical and practical aspect. In this field, what is the address used? Is it innate, can it be acquired or both?

What is the success rate that we can consider a skilled player? Which is better, a player with an average of 10 points and a shot success of 50% or another with 20 points but only 25%? A wise coach will tell you “it depends…”, but he’ll add that it’s best to score these 20 points using minimal possessions! Truth, like perfection, only exists for a split second in basketball.

However, we are dealing here with the only team sport that allows a player to take the ball at the start and end of the match with a basket, based on his sole ability to score. Examples multiple, James Harden, Luka Doncic or Stephen Curry, are able to make their shots, to speak only of the NBA.

The advent of the 3-point streak in the 1980s gave rise to elite snipers around the world and shifted the game to the dual shoot/drop mode or 3-point shooting, making forgetting the 2-point outside shot, a victim of a risk/benefit ratio that is not in his favour. It changed the players’ profiles, almost eliminating the heavy and formidable axes that play near the circle and with square hands more than three meters from the basket. I was hit a lot in position 2, the exclusive shooter, when I let everyone understand that you can score 50% more by becoming effective off the line. Above all, it made the game more fun and exciting.

Everyone wanted to take part in the party and that’s normal. Everyone wanted to shoot and score points, yes, but here we are, we’re not all equal when it comes to innate skills. Some are favored while others are promised to miss an elephant in the trail! This is what we hear all over the earth. It’s a little easy, isn’t it?

If you extend the streak, we evaluate the situation at X time and rank the players in the skilled or “unlucky” square! The worst thing is that because of hearing negative comments about his shooting, his gestures, his ability to record at important moments, etc…, we end up believing him. And here the problem begins, because the only person who can harm you psychologically is yourself! However, if you take a step back and think about the basics you really need to be effective at shooting, it’s pretty simple. We can summarize it all in three terms.

The first is to have a human body, which everyone should qualify. A balance of the latter in motion will be necessary. Next, the physical environment, both internal and external, is controlled. Obviously, being able to understand how your body works and the element in which it develops. Finally, it means developing in the individual’s social environment through an understanding of its symbols and their impact on performance. If necessary, by cooperating with a mental trainer will identify disturbing factors. That’s it, the rest is just literature!

So of course, there are components to put into each of its three essentials, and in particular all the individual actions that naturally result from it.

But if we do the part regularly in less than three days body balance and the Gesture Rebalance in home swish basketIt shouldn’t be insurmountable.

We are no better than others, we are just a little further down the road with the help of the latest discoveries in Neurologyallowing us to better understand the workings of our minds and the strategies they put in place without asking for our opinion to respond to the situations we encounter, we can intervene on the levers that allow for needed improvements or changes.

It is now possible to use some of its protective mechanisms and turn them into assets that very few have mastered.

Here are three lines of thought, one for each of the basics outlined above:

1. Balance

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It is not a static state but a dynamic force. We can be in equilibrium when we are still or in motion, and to get it, the body will initiate a large number of actions/counteractions. Imagine a huge dashboard with each button representing a specific action. Our conscious part is able to press one of these buttons simultaneously. Once you share two or more messages, the messages conflict and the result becomes chaotic. Our subconscious has the ability to manage many commands simultaneously and thus control the entire dashboard. You just have to teach it, which is what we do all the time. The problem is that we often don’t check the quality of the software we’re learning, which is a shame! On the other hand, we can easily think that the execution of the action, for example a shot with skill, depends not on us but on something that we will have or not. It’s easier for our ego to accept it when it’s not working.

2. Indoor and outdoor physical environment

It will consist in knowing the elements that allow us to perform one or more gestures and understanding how to act on their performance. For example, if you want to align an elbow with a shooting gesture, use a form of reverse psychology, which, along with a couple of small movements that are very easy to learn, allows you to simply and easily succeed in an action that not many do. They failed to perform throughout their career. Meanwhile, our external environment is subject to the immutable laws of nature, which constrain us in our actions but can also serve us. Failure to take them into account, as is often the case unfortunately, creates the ideal conditions for failure. We often hear talk of relaxing while shooting in pursuit of efficiency. This is not wrong, but if you relax without control, you give up your work order to the force of gravity and the result will be very mixed. On the other hand, if you have the instructions, you can have a huge advantage over the competition.

3. Social environment

Our brain is capable of implementing complex strategies to prevent us from suffering both physical and psychological, and although these mechanisms are not easy to understand, we can nonetheless strive to identify the stimuli that often occur in our social environment. The image we give of ourselves can be a tremendous reinforcer or downright destructive. The protective power of our brain can prevent us from playing the movements on the field, which we perform without problems in training, just to protect our well-being. In many cases, a mental trainer, consistent with our personality, can be of great help. Regarding the great bowlers and great bowlers in basketball history, there’s only one question to ask to see if it’s interesting to copy their gestures.

4. How many of them are mirrors of illustrious seniors?

Nothing, they are all unique. With conscious and unconscious corrections, and somewhat logical compensations, they have succeeded in creating their own shooting gestures and building their equilibrium point.

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They reinforced it by repeating it over and over to anchor it even more deeply. On the outside, without their bodies or the path they took, it would be impossible to replicate their results. Moreover, when asked, they are able to show how to do it but never express it in words to build a repeatable model. At Swish Basket, we are no exception to this rule. We may have used a method suitable for any human being, each of them will suit it and create its own unique and model. Making the player skilled isn’t a problem, it’s actually kind of fun.

The real challenge is regularity, allowing him to express it in a changing context, at high intensity and with confrontation that often leaves him with little time while remaining at a never lower level of competence.

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