How To Shoot A Free Throw In Basketball

A free-throw is a clear, unguarded shot made from the free-throw line, which is 15 feet from the hoop. Basketball games are won and lost on free throws, which are one of the most vital parts of the teams arsenal.

[1] Stand just behind the free-throw line with your feet parallel and shoulder width apart, with your upper body squared toward the basket. Every free-throw line has a little hole or nail right in the middle, in line with the middle of the rim. Use this point to ensure you stand in exactly the same place every time.

[2] relax and take a few deep breaths to keep you calm. Bounce the ball a few times if it helps you get into your rhythm and stops you from thinking too much. Try to develop a routine to use before every free-throw. In a stressful situation a little pre-throw ritual will keep you calm, loose, and focused.

[3] While supporting the ball lightly with your non-shooting hand, place you’re shooting hand on the ball so that your middle three fingers are on the seams, with your thumb and palm supporting the ball.

[4] Keep your shooting forearm straight and pointing toward the basket, and keep your elbow tucked in and in line with the basket.

[5] Aim to shoot the ball just above the rim of the basket. Look at the back of the rim. If you focus on the front of the rim you risk shooting too short.

[6] Your arms do the supporting and aiming, while your legs should provide most of the momentum to propel the ball. So bend your knees and then straighten them again to give you the vertical spring into the shot.

[7] Flick your wrist forward and release the ball in a fluid motion with your fingertips. This causes backspin and allows greater control.

[8] Follow through with both arms and continue to reach for the rim with your shooting arm. Your shooting hand should end the shot bent forward at the rest. Practice shooting free throws when you’re tired, because that’s how you’ll be during a game. Shooting when you are fresh doesn’t match the game situation. Free throws are a mental challenge. On bad shots your mind often gets in the way of your technique. Believe you can do it, block out any bad thoughts, and concentrate on syncing the shot.

Chris Walker