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August 14, 2012

David – Jump Shot Check-Up & Notes

David – Jump Shot Check-Up & Notes

The issue with the image above is repeated below – your work/stance needs to be taken care of BEFORE you get the ball or else you end up rushing, off balance, unable to get a shot off.  Also do not drop the ball down after you catch it.  Add more preparation to your shot so when you receive the ball most of your work is done.  If there’s a flaw in your preparation, there will be a flaw in the middle and end of your shot because you will end up overcorrecting (twisting, elbow out, guide hand thumb jumps in to fix it last second …)

More of the same above – you catch ball and drop it below your waist.  You won’t get this shot off against serious comp.

Feet aren’t ready here in the profile shots – ball is dropped again.

More of same, legs are locked – need to be in seated, nose over toes position.

The baseball, knock-kneed issue with no true grounding of the feet – this is where you get your power so you need all of your feet – not just your toes or the insides of your feet grounded to keep you on balance and in alignment.  When you are off balance, your elbow kicks out, your head moves, your guide hand thumb flicks – all changing the flight of the ball and decreasing your chances of sinking the shot.

More of same above – look at toes twisted, not grounded, elbow out … guide hand thumb …

Elbow above it way out – and here’s where we begin to see the lack of jumping in your shot – something that is better viewed on the video I sent you in April – you should be at the height of your jump here – the height of your jump and the release of the ball take place at the same point ideally.

Better catch of ball, but feet aren’t grounded above and they’re twisted.  That’s why the squat exercises are so important – if you have imbalance issues – one leg stronger than the other, you need to fix these by doing those simple alignment exercises to get all your muscles balanced, symmetrical and working together – not against each other.

No legs in this shot because your knees need to be over your toes – closer to seated position.  Granted grown men can shoot with a good portion of their upper body from close range.  What you want to do is feel how much the ground works for you from close range or deep and only rely on those mostly upper body shots as the exception, not the rule.

Better jumping and getting off ground.  A slight twist, but I have one, too.  I feel like if you get everything lined up – more of your shots will be looking like this – and you’ll soon begin to feel where the problems manifest themselves.  I know where they often are for me – and when I do one thing wrong, like not GRAB THE FLOOR on my catch.  If I don’t get my legs, that’s when my guidehand starts to do the wrong things and change the flight of the ball last second.

The above is good – but there’s the no-jumping issue again.

Last 3 – the most promising shots. The one of the back of your head is a very good example of what we set out to do for the day in getting that right side lined up like the image of the guy in the dotted sleeve.

Again, I like this one – repeat of same photo from above – re-read notes.