In this eBook you are going to learn how to get more buckets by becoming a “Hard 2 Guard Me” Sharp Shooter. You will learn how to get your shot off quickly, get shot elevation and form your shot properly with my Lift-Lock-Snap System to score more points.
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Hi, my name is Mesho Morrow and I have been involved in this game for over 45 years of my life. I was blessed to have played on one of the best girls high school teams in the country. I received a full scholarship to play at the University of Kansas. I’ve coached and officiated high school and college ball as well as owned a women’s pro development team for five years.
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There is a lot of mis-information regarding shooting the basketball. Some of it is self generated because we believe this is the only way that I know how to get the ball to the rim and that’s because we’ve never been taught properly. We also come to improper conclusion without proper study of how to shoot the ball correctly or old school info. Let’s debunk a few of the most popular ones right now.
I can’t get the ball to the rim unless I push it there first. Facts, the rim is 10 feet off the ground and most players are under 7 feet tall. So, pushing a ball directly at a 10 foot high rim, when you are 5-7 feet tall is illogical. But I get it, it’s because you think you aren’t strong enough to get the ball to the rim without pushing it. I have taught scores of young clients on how to get the ball to the rim without pushing it there first and I am going to teach you to do the same in this book.
The Two Handed Shot. Most young kids shoot the ball with two hands because it’s the only way they know how. This is definitely, 100% improper shooting mechanics that will work against you getting buckets. You, for sure can forget about getting more buckets, shooting a two handed shot. Just like there is one ball, there is one shooting hand and the other hand is to help you hold on to the ball.
I can shoot the ball standing straight up. This is improper shooting form that will always leave you short on the shot and reduce your shooting range. But, don’t you worry because in this book, we are going to correct that, so you can get more buckets and increase your shooting range.
Ball Hand Placement Rules:
1. Ball Shaped Hands – wide spread fingers to balance the ball in your hands
2. Fingertip Grip – to lift the ball off of my fingers as fast as possible for a quicker release
3. Shooting Hand – is on top until you’re ready to shoot the ball, then it flips back like a waiter carrying a platter of drinks.
4. Helping Hand – helps you to hold on to the ball until the shooting hand can lift the ball past it. The analogy I like to use is a rocket lifting off from the dock. The shooting hand is the rocket and the helping hand is launch pad hand to keep the rocket still and in place until the shooting hand, the rocket, can lift off. The launch pad hand never goes into space, it’s job is to hold on to the rocket until lift off. Check out one of the greatest shooters in the NBA Ray Allen. You can see space between is hand and the ball because the ball is not sitting on his palms and this allowed him to get his shot off very quickly. When he finishes his shot release, his shooting hand will be above his helping hand too.
5. Waiters Arm – this is the inverted L-shape that allows you to form your shot properly.
Notice that his elbow is under and at a 90 degree angle and that it is not cocked out. Can you imagine what would happen to a platter if a waiter carried it, with his elbow cocked out? Right, that platter is going to fall, it would be a failed attempt to get the drinks to the table. This is true for getting more buckets, you will miss more shots than you make because you will not have proper control of the ball and it won’t be a straight line to the rim.
6. The Pocket – protect the ball in your pocket, which is off your right or left hip before you pull the shot, to keep it from getting knocked out of your hands on the way up for the shot.
Triple Threat loading produces shot elevation. The squatted posture causes your thighs to act like rocket thrusters to give you the lift off you need, in order to elevate on your shot. Triple Threat is your Scoring Posture and Attack Mindset, S.P.A.M. Triple Threat alerts your mind and body to attack the rim to score. Let’s look at these two components of Triple Threat.
First we have our scoring posture, which is:
1. 10 Toes to the Rim – straight line attack
2. Feet Shoulder Width Apart – for balance
3. Knees Bent – for shot elevation, speed, power and quickness
4. Slight Tilt @ Your Waist – to lean into your move
5. Ball Pocket Protection – keep ball away from defender in the right or left pocket
6. Shoulders Square to the Rim – allows for a quick load on the shot
Lock and Loaded, for Shot Elevation, a Ready Shooter!
His rocket thrusters (thighs) are ready for lift off. Folks, “Every Catch In Triple Threat” will produce more buckets, simply because you caught the basketball ready to shoot it.
Second we have our attack mindset, which produces a:
1. Scorers Mentality – always looking to score, how can I attack the rim
2. Eyes on Rim Focus – where your Chest, Chin & Eyes are Up On the Rim to locate your shooting target
***Note – you should not shoot the ball until you have identified your target first!
Identify Your Targets and drop the ball right over the front of the rim or at the top of the corners on the box. There are three targets:
1. Over the Middle Net Hook
2. In Between Two Net Hooks
3. Top of the Corners on the Box
***Note: If you will pivot/spin to find your target at the rim first, before you shoot the ball, every time, you will get more buckets. This leads us right into pivoting.
Definition of Pivoting – pivot means to spin, it’s a basketball term.
In the game of basketball, you cannot run with the ball, but your allowed to establish one foot as your pivot/spin foot. This happens upon the catch. When you catch the ball, the moment your hands grab the ball, whichever foot hits the floor first is the pivot foot. That foot can spin, like a spinning top, but it cannot be moved unless you dribble first, otherwise you break a basketball rule call walking, some call it traveling. But technically, travelling is when you take more than two steps with the basketball before you dribble, pass or shoot. I know this from my officiating days :), but back to the point. This is where you move your pivot/spin foot without dribbling the ball first. LOL, I know there are a lot of first in this short text, but it is crucial that you understand the order of basketball and the rules, so that you don’t become a turnover magnet, freely giving the ball to the other team by committing basketball rule infractions.
Now there are two ways to pivot in this game of basketball. The forward pivot and the reverse pivot. The forward pivot is where you pivot/spin and take a step towards the rim, face forward.
The reverse pivot/spin is one foot taking a drop step backwards, while spinning on the opposite foot so that you can face the rim. A drop step is where one foot steps backwards, remember the other foot has to remain in its spot and can only pivot/spin, unless you dribble. Whew, this is a little bit technical, but don’t worry here are some pictures and video links to help you with this. Here is a link for the reverse pivot,
The purpose of pivoting is to find our target to attack the rim in one of three ways. So, now that we have learned how to pivot, we can learn how to score.
Your Three (Triple) Threats to Score are:
1. Catch & Shoot Attack
2. Dribble Drive Attack
3. Assists Attack
In this eBook, we will focus on mastering your catch and shoot attack, so that you can develop a quick release, identify your target, learn to elevate on your shot and rain drop jump shots on your defenders. In doing so, you will become a “Hard 2 Guard Me” Sharp Shooter that scores more buckets. So, lets work on one handed form shots, then we will add the help hand to the ball for form shooting and we will finish up with catch and shoot drills to help us get open and get our shot off. I’ll say it again, “Every Catch in Triple Threat!” This allows us to become a threat to score and pivot to identify our target which helps with our accuracy in shooting the ball. We must be ready shooters that can quickly spot up and take the shot, when we are open.
Are you ready? Because in this next chapter, here comes our main course to getting more buckets by executing these three simple shot science laws.
– Coach Mesho
There are 3 Simple Shot Science Laws to the Lift-Lock-Snap Shot Scoring System!
1. Law of Lift – height needed to shooting over a 10-foot high rim. Fingertips only!
2. Law of Arc – shooting arc trajectory to rain drop the ball into the hoop
3. Law of Follow Through – snap your wrist straight down to swish the nets Follow through allows for proper ball rotation for the swish!
In order to get more buckets, you must master these three shot science laws until it becomes a habit on every shot. Without mastering these simple laws, you will face inconsistency in your shooting and worst yet, you won’t know why you are missing your shots. This produces a tremendous amount of frustration, kills your confidence and is a perfect set up for the shooter’s slump mentality. Not being able to score, reduces the fun level in playing and could potentially get you benched, especially if you aren’t producing anywhere else in the game, like assists, rebounding, defending etc.
So, how do we master these three simple shot science laws? I’m glad you asked. We are going to train our mind and muscle memory to shoot the ball with the Lift-Lock-Snap shooting system on every shot, in these drills. First, we are going to properly drill our one hand form shooting. Next, we will drill form shooting adding our help hand to the ball and we will do this daily until proper shot formation becomes as natural as walking. Finally, we will work on catch and shoot drills to implement our new sharper shooting mechanics that’s going to help us score more buckets. You ready? Let’s go to work!
Facts: Inner Basketball Rim Diameter 18". The Connecting Lange to rim 6"
The Nets Hang Down between 15-18". The Rim is 10' from the floor.
Form Shooting - Lift & Lock & Snap no ball, in a mirror Chair Form Shots with a ball
Chair Form Shots with a ball
Shooting Arm is a reverse L
Left Hand Form Shooting-10 Reps
Left Hand -10 Reps
Left Hand Form Shot - 5 Reps. Goal swish 3 out of 5 shots
Fingertip grip control
Fake step in,
Run down lane
run a tight circle
Right Hand Form Shooting-10 Reps
Right Hand-10 Reps
Right Hand Form Shot - 5 Reps. Goal swish 3 out of 5 shots
Triple Threat load for shot elevation
pop out & shoot
make a sharp turn
off a screen, plant
3 Sets Each M-F
3 Sets Each M-F
Take 200 Form Shots. Swish a 180 of them. Start one step away from the rim.
complete a cycle and then take one more step back. Repeat until you get to 200 shots.
Chair sit form shooting. Lift is critical.
both R&L foot
out to corner, R&L
catch- shoot R&L
If you execute the “Hard 2 Gard Me” Sharper Shooting mechanics that I have laid out in this eBook, then there are only three reasons why you miss your shot and they can be quickly fixed.
If “Every Catch is in Triple Threat” then you have alerted your mind and body to score. You have also loaded the shot, so that you are a ready shooter, with ball sitting on your fingertip pads, ready for launch.
In pivoting to face the rim, you immediately identify your target either, over the middle net hook, in between two net hooks or above the top corner of the box on the backboard, then your aim is set.
If there is no defensive interference, then you are missing the shot because you didn’t lift your elbow, lock your elbow or snap your wrist straight down.
If the ball hits the front of the rim, your fix is more lift. A deeper squat from your rocket thrusting thighs will give you more power to lift.
If the ball hits the back of the rim, it means you pushed the ball instead of lifting it above a 10 foot tall rim. Your fix is to lift and lock your elbow, to get the clearance and arc trajectory to rain drop the shot into the rim.
If the ball spins out of the rim, this means you twisted your shooting hand wrist to the left or right on the shot. Your fix is to snap your wrist straight down, to swish the nets.
Air balls are a product of not enough lift or pushing the ball hard towards the rim. So, if you execute the Lift-Lock-Snap Shot scoring sequence, then you will fix the air ball too.
Just to recap:
Front Rim missed shot = more lift
Back of Rim missed shot = Lift and Lock elbow, don’t push
Ball Spins Out of Rim = Snap Wrist Straight Down, don’t twist shooting hand wrist
The Lift-Lock-Snap Shot Scoring System grants you to the ability to diagnose your own missed shot and fix it immediately, so that you can score more buckets! This is the simple and easy way to becoming a “Hard 2 Guard Me’ Sharp Shooter that gets more buckets, period!