Basketball is the most fun game in the world. Everyone wants to be the next LeBron James or the next Kobe Bryant, or maybe even the next Michael Jordan. If you practice the right way, you just might make it!
Even if you don’t become the next NBA star, with the right practice techniques you can take your game to the next level and become the captain of your high school team, or even the entire conference or more. With enough hard work, you can even get a nice scholarship to play in college.
The first thing you need to know about the practice is that it should be done every day. It does not matter that. Decide that you are going to practice X hours a day and do it. Start with one hour a day. Move up to two hours a day once an hour feels comfortable.
Once you can drive two hours a day, move up to four hours a day. The more hours you dedicate to it, the better you will be.
Basketball is a simple sport. Making shoes, even three-pointed shoes, is simply a matter of muscle memory. And the only way you can develop muscle memory is to practice shooting over and over and over and over until it becomes so automatic that you can do it without even thinking about it.
Four hours a day of practice is really the bare minimum for true stardom. More is better, but it can be hard to fit in more and handle schoolwork too.
During basketball season itself, you don’t need to put in four hours a day. You’ll practice with your team after school every day and if your team is really serious, probably a little bit BEFORE school starts as well. You may need to work on your shot alone from time to time during the season, but you can usually get by just by practicing with the team during this time.
My practice schedule took about four hours and was very simple. I picked about a dozen to twenty spots around the court and marked them off. I then proceeded to make ten baskets IN A ROW from each point. Then, at some point during that practice, I also made fifty free throws (although NOT in a row, only fifty total).
Of course, it takes a long time to make ten shots in a row from twelve to twenty different points on the basketball court. I’d do ten in a row just below the basket (easy), then I’d step back down the baseline and do ten more in a row (a little harder), then I’d step back up the baseline again and do ten more in a row (hard), then take one more step back along the baseline until I was behind the three point line where I would do my last ten in a row in that “set”.
I would do the same thing along the other baseline, and the same thing up to the lock and the elbow.
When I started this workout, it took me ALWAYS to do it, so I started doing just five in a row. One where I got good at easily taking down five in a row, I increased it to ten in a row from each spot. After a couple of months of doing this every day, I was easily able to do all ten of each of my “points” in a row in about four hours.
I tied or broke all state shooting records while in high school. It is good technical practice and you will benefit from it. Too? Choose fewer places. Do five in a row instead of ten. Whatever you choose, the important thing is to get out there and practice every day for as long as you can.