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September 1, 2012

David: Shot-Check Part II

David:  Shot-Check Part II

We’re very happy with David for being such a teachable player this week.  On Monday, after a successful summer of hoops at camp, he stopped by for Maureen’s group shot-check.  We took photos and notes in hopes we could deliver valuable feedback on some major areas that need improvement going into grade 8.  The Monday notes (click here) were emailed on Tuesday.  David then returned on Thursday.  His first few shots immediately proved that 1) he gets it and 2) he’s getting after it by showing us that he is taking the Art of Shooting seriously.  After taking notes on the drills that David did so we can pass this along to the kids who hit the same obstacles in their shot development, we are communicating all of our thoughts to our personal training pro, Marcus Mitchell, who is going to do a few sessions to keep David on track AND give him homework that he must do on his own to continue working with our coaches and trainers.

Thank you, David for listening and committing to your own disciplined practice routine.  We’ve added some brief notes after the second set of photos so you can continue to progress.

First set of photos – RED SHORTS – look at the Xs and review why we marked it as a flaw.

Second set of photos – BLACK SHORTS – major improvement across board.  Please note that the one X is a balance issue.  It’s balance as it pertains to conditioning.  Coach Jordan, who played at Brown and is an outstanding shooter, came in to do his video shooting for us.  He was out of shape due to a foot surgery and about a month-post op (so not in mid let alone top conditioning).  Within minutes he was covered in sweat, just shooting half court sets of 10.  Why?  The intensity and springing off the ground that we asked you to do in your approach to the ball requires a lot more energy.  You’ll find at your age that your form will be solid for the first few, but what you want is to maintain perfect, still form for the entire set of 10.  You want to assess your form OVER how many you made out of 10 for the short-term (and stay within your range.  If you are falling apart, step IN not back – don’t be stubborn.)  Second, after you feel good about the form, then get out that chalk and start marking scores out of 10.

Also, don’t go too deep into sets of 20 or 25 for this exact reason (or change your range).  Sets of 10 are simple, then you mix it up with a layup drill or defensive slide drill or ball-handling, then set out for another 10.  It’s quality and controlled sets that you’re going for – within your range.  Marcus should work on conditioning and then 10 jumpshots, perfect form, even if it’s without a hoop, on grass – perfect form – then you go back to conditioning, then when you’re tired, hit 10 more imaginary jumpshots.  You’re twisting is down significantly – there’s far less excess movement.  Excess movement burns more energy – so keep it simple, yet intense.  This way you’re training your body to behave in a disciplined fashion and soon it picks up on the perfect form and that’s when you find yourself in a relaxed state – when you’re in really great shape, your body is doing what it knows very well and you shoot the ball without stress of adjustments or compensation as you shoot.