How Can I Get Better at Shooting Free Throws?


If you want to become a better basketball player, there are a few facets of the game that you have to get better at. One of the most important parts of playing basketball is shooting free throws. If you play basketball often enough, you are going to get fouled. These fouls don’t mean anything if you are not able to invert at the free-throw line. When you step to the charity stripe, you need to make sure that you are comfortable. What can you do to make sure that you become a better free-throw shooter? There are several drills that you should keep in mind.

Start With the Proper Shooting Technique

If you want to get better from the charity stripe, the first thing you have to do is practice shooting your free throws correctly. When you are shooting the basketball, start close to the basket. Make sure that your knees are stable beneath you so you did not move. Keep your head still when you release the basketball. Make sure that your dominant hand is under the basket and your non-dominant hand too comfortable. Keep your eye on the basket and make sure to keep your elbow straight. Everything except your hands must remain still. The fewer moving parts there are, the less can go wrong with your shot. Practice shooting free throws properly.

Have a Simple Routine at the Free Throw Line

When you are shooting free throws, this is one of the few times that you are in total control of everything that is going on. No one is able to get in front of you, bump you, or block your shot. Therefore, you need to make sure that you have a simple, repeatable motion when you get to the free-throw line. Some people like to take a deep breath or look at the scorers table. Other people like to dribble the basketball a few times or spin it in their hands. You need to figure out what works best for you. Then, you will be able to increase your conversion rate. Even though you want to take a few seconds to get comfortable, you do not want to add too many moving parts to your free throw motion. The more moving parts there are, the more can go wrong with your shot.

Learn From the Best Free Throw Shooters

Finally, if you really want to get better at shooting free throws, it is a good idea to take a look at what some of the best free-throw shooters in history are doing. For example, there is one free throw shooter who consistently shoots free throws underhand. Even though you may not want to swallow your pride and shoot free throws underhand, it is a good idea to take a look at what the best free-throw shooters are doing. Then, try to emulate them at the free-throw line.

Practice Free Throws Regularly To Get Better at Them

If you are serious about improving your free throw shooting percentage, then you need to practice them on a regular basis. At the end of practice, take a few minutes and see if you can hit 10 free throws in a row. When you are able to hit 10 free throws easily, increase the number to 15 or 20. Eventually, you will be able to get better at shooting free throws during game situations as well. If you are able to punish your opponents by converting your free throws when they foul you, this is going to make the rest of your game easier.

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