USBA Tip of the Month
By Debbie Antonelli
When I evaluate shooters, I analyze the top and the bottom of their shot. This tip involves the bottom half of the body for shooters. Good shooters have excellent footwork.
Footwork, balance, and ready-on-the catch are ingredients good shooters do consistently every rep. Shooters need to get their feet on the ground quickly. Some teach inside pivot foot, some teach hopping into your shot while others teach step catch. As a teacher, my emphasis is getting your feet down quickly so you can set up the foundation of your shot. No one sets their feet quicker than Steph Curry. Most watch the top of his shot. Watch the bottom of his shot from his hips to his feet. Curry gets his hips square to the basket and his feet down. For younger players, practice inside pivot foot off screening action. Your inside pivot foot is the foot closest to the basket. To utilize your inside pivot foot, you will need to step-catch and get your hips around square to the basket. Understanding how to step-catch and/or hop into your shots important to becoming a dynamic scorer off the pass or the catch and in any screening action.