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[Dossier] The address in modern basketball; how to improve your shot?

[Sponsorié] First of all, I believe it is important to define a consensus on what is meant in the fact to be skillful. Not in its theoretical value, which is to succeed in an action, whatever it is, or at least to be able to do it. Rather in its practical-practical aspect. In the field, what is the address used for? Is it innate, can it be acquired or both?

From what percentage of success can we consider a player to be skilful? Which is better, a player with 10 points on average and 50% shooting success or another with 20 points but only 25%? A wise coach would tell you “It depends…”, but would add that it is better to score these 20 points by using the minimum number of possessions! Truth, like perfection, does not exist in basketball except for a split second.

Nevertheless, we are dealing here with the only team sport that allows a player to take the ball at the start of the action and end it with a basket, on his sole ability to score. The examples are multiple, James Harden, Luka Doncic or Stephen Curry, capable of creating their shots, to speak only of the NBA.

The advent of the 3-point line in the 80s favored the emergence of elite snipers all over the world and swung the game into a lay-up/dunk or 3-point shooting duality, making forget about the outside 2-point shot, victim of a risk/benefit ratio that is not to his advantage. It has changed the profiles of the players, almost eliminating the heavy and massive pivots playing near the circle and with square hands more than three meters from the basket. She undermined a lot of position 2, exclusive shooter, when she allowed everyone to understand that you could score 50% more points by becoming efficient beyond the line. Above all, it made the game more fun and more spectacular.

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 are not all equal when it comes to innate skill. Some are favored while others are promised to miss an elephant in a corridor! This is what we hear everywhere around the grounds. It’s a bit easy, isn’t it?

If I enlarge the line, we take stock of the situation at X time and we classify the players in the skillful or “unlucky” box! The worst thing is that by dint of hearing negative comments about his shooting, his gestures, his ability to score in important moments, etc…, we end up believing him. And that’s where the trouble begins, because the only person who is capable of hurting you psychologically is yourself! However, if you take a step back and think about the fundamentals you really need to be effective in shooting, it’s quite simple. We can summarize the whole in three conditions.

The first is to have a human body, which should qualify everyone. The balance of the latter in motion will be essential. Then, it is to control the physical environment, internal and external. Clearly, being able to understand how your body works and the element in which it evolves. Finally, it means evolving in one’s social environment by understanding its codes and its influence on performance. If necessary, by collaborating with a mental trainer who will identify the disturbing parameters. That’s about all, the rest is just literature!

So of course, there are components to put in each of its three fundamentals, in particular all the individual work that naturally results from it.

But if we regularly carry out in less than three days the part body balance and the gestural rebalancing at the house of Swish Basketit should not be insurmountable.

We are not better than others, we are just a little further down the path. With the help of the latest discoveries in neuroscienceallowing us to better understand the functioning of our brain and the strategies it puts in place without asking our opinion to react to the situations encountered, we can intervene on the levers which allow the desired improvements or changes.

It is now possible to use some of its protection mechanisms and transform them into assets that very few master.

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

1. Balance


It is not a static state but a dynamic force. We can be in balance when stationary or in motion, and to obtain it, the body will initiate a large number of actions/counter-actions. Imagine a huge dashboard with each button representing a defined action. Our conscious part is able to press one of these buttons at a time. As soon as she engages two or more, the messages collide and the result becomes anarchic. Our unconscious has the ability to manage a multitude of commands simultaneously and therefore to control the entire dashboard. You just have to teach him, and that’s what we do all the time. The problem is that we often don’t check the quality of the program we are learning, and that’s a shame! On the other hand, we are easily led to think that carrying out the action, for example shooting with skill, does not depend on us but on something that we would have the chance to have or not. It’s easier for our ego to accept when it doesn’t work.

2. The internal and external physical environment

It will consist of knowing the elements that allow us to perform one or more gestures and understanding how to act on their functioning. For example, if you want to align an elbow with the shooting gesture, use a form of reverse psychology, which, combined with two small movements that are very easy to learn, allows you to simply and easily succeed in an action that many do not fail to perform throughout their careers. Our external environment, meanwhile, is governed by the immutable laws of nature, which both constrain us in our actions but can also serve us. Not taking them into consideration, as is unfortunately very often the case, creates the ideal conditions for failure. We often hear talk of relaxation on the shooting action in order to seek efficiency. This is not wrong, but if you relax without control, you give up the command of your action to the gravitational force and the result will be very mixed. On the other hand, if you have the instructions, you can acquire a significant advantage over the competition.

3. The social environment

Our brain is capable of implementing complex strategies to prevent us from suffering both physically and psychologically. Although it is not easy to understand these mechanisms, we can nevertheless seek to identify the triggers, which very often occur. found in our social environment. The image we are given of ourselves can be a tremendous booster or downright devastating. The protective power of our brain can prevent us from playing actions on the field, which we perform without problems in training, just to safeguard our well-being. In many cases, a mental trainer, in tune with our personality, can be of great help. Regarding the great shooters and great shooters in the history of basketball, there is only one question to ask to know if it is interesting to copy their gestures.

4. How many of them are identical copies of illustrious elders?

None, they are all unique. They succeeded, by dint of conscious and unconscious corrections, more or less logical compensations, in creating their own shooting gestures and building their point of balance.

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They reinforced it by repeating it over and over to anchor it deeper. From the outside, without their bodies or the path they took, it is impossible to replicate their results. Moreover, when asked, they are able to show how they do it but almost never to express it in words to build a reproducible 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 appropriate it and create a unique model, their model. Making a player skillful 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 opposition that often leaves him little time while remaining at a minimum level of efficiency below which he does not never goes down.


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