Step 1: Foot Stance and Gripping
1 Face the basket and place your feet shoulder width apart. Point your feet in the general direction of the basket. Your feet should be slightly staggered, with your dominant foot, referred to as your "shooting" foot for these purposes, slightly in front of your non-dominant foot. Take a comfortable and balanced position. There is no perfect stance; the important thing is to find a stance that helps you launch your best shot.
Bend your knees slightly. Locking your knees makes it easy for you to get knocked off balance. Bend your knees comfortably so you're in position to jump as soon as you have the ball.
Some people prefer a closed stance, in which their feet point squarely at the basket, while other prefer an open stance, with their feet pointing slightly toward the side of the basket opposite their shooting hand. For example, if you're right handed, an open stance would mean pointing your feet slightly toward the left side of the basket.
Keep your stance in mind as you learn the art of shooting and begin to practice. Once you find the stance that suits you best, use it every single time. The goal is to get so used to the stance that you don't have to think about it before your feet take the right position to let a great shot fly
Step 2: Position and Ball in Your Shot Pocket
Holding the ball too high or too low greatly affects the accuracy of the shot. Make sure the ball is positioned right in the pocket, a comfortable launching point just above your waist.
Position your elbow so it's under the ball, not cocked to the side.
Learn to position the ball in this same place every single time you get ready to take a shot. When someone passes you the ball, they should aim it right for your pocket. If you don't catch it there, you must position it there before you shoot
Step 3: Gripping the Ball Correctly
Leave be a little space between your palm and the ball, so the ball will be able to roll off your fingertips with ease. The ball should sit on your finger pads.
Spread your fingers wide so you have greater control over the ball
Step 4: Taking the Shot
1 Push the ball upward with your shooting hand. Move the ball in a smooth motion from your shot pocket to eye level before launching it.
Don't let the ball go behind your head or off to the side; shoot it in a fluid, forward motion.
Your non-shooting hand serves only to guide the ball to keep it steady while your shooting hand exerts force
Step 5: Straighten Your Knees and Jump
Don't jump forward or backward. Your feet should land in the same position where they started.
Don't lean forward as you jump, either. If your body is balanced, you will jump straight up as you shoot
Step 6: Release the Ball.
Just before you reach the height of your jump, release the ball with your shooting hand aimed at the basket. Straighten your elbow and snap your wrist so that the ball arches, rather than moving toward the basket in a straight line.
As you release the ball, your guiding hand should fall away.
Roll the ball off your fingertips toward the basket. You can tell whether you shot it properly by looking at the backspin; if the lines of the basketball spin symmetrically, you positioned the ball properly.
When the shot is complete, your shooting hand will resemble the shape of a swan; your arm is arched elegantly toward the basket, with your hand loosely cocked downward and your fingers pointed toward the hoop. This is called follow through