Rick Barry explains how to use the DotShot Basketball Shooting Aid
Proper shooting starts at the bottom with your base. You need to be in balance with a firm foundation.
Feet: shoulder width apart and strong side foot slightly in front of other foot, heel to toe
(quicker movement if you drive) good shoes, on balls of your feet not your heels.
Knees: ready to bend and explode up, legs give you strength
Body/Hips/Shoulders-slight open stance, body low, head up.
PROPER PLACEMENT OF HANDS ON BALL
Shooting hand: centered on the ball, index finger in the middle of ball, across the seam. Index finger or middle finger will be last to touch the ball, observe the “V” of thumb and index finger.
Support Hand: on the side of ball, maybe slightly in front, for control, helps hold the ball not for shooting, shoot with one hand/arm not two, shoot through this guide hand.
Eyes: focused on the target (ie. front of the rim, visualize ball going through the
hoop…look at the square on the backboard when shooting a bank shot).
Elbow: in, straight up and down, 90 degrees, above knee, at eye level, up and
close to body, not like a “chicken wing”, the elbow position is one of the most
important parts of the shot.
Your knees, elbow and wrist are all bent (bend, bend, bend)
Power up with legs, arm and snap/flick your wrist for backspin on ball
Legs give you power, height, stamina for late in game.
Point toward target. Hold your follow through. Point toward hoop. Some call it "Follow though freeze" or "hand in the cookie jar" or "fingers over rim." Have confidence in your shot and you will score points.