The Key To Free Throws.

There are three seconds left in the basketball game and a team is only down by two points. A player gets fouled and is sent to the line with 0.5 seconds left in the game to shoot two free throws.  Swish! First shot is good! Only down one point now. Brick! The second shot is missed and the game is lost. The easiest shot to tie up the game was just missed resulting in a loss. What could of gone wrong with that shot and how can it be fixed? First off, free throw shooting relies solely on two things. First is the bending of the shooters knees and second is always following through the shot with the release. Below there are two videos. The first video shows a free throw being shot without the shooter bending his knees and the second video shows the shooter bending his knees while taking  a free throw.

Free Throw Without Bending Knees.

This video shows the shooter not bending his knees but following through the shot with the release. When the ball is shot, it seems sort of accurate as it aims towards the rim. This accuracy is because of how well the shooter followed through with his shot. He fully extends his arm, flicks his wrist, and leaves his arm out after the shot is released. Despite the accuracy, the ball was short of making it into the basket. This is because the shooter did not bend his knees during the shot. Without bending the knees, the shooter is relying only on his arm and wrist, making it a much weaker shot.

Free Throw With Bending Knees.

In this video, the shooter is seen doing the two things which are necessary for good free throw shooting. He concentrates for some time looking at the rim and he bends his knees. As he comes up from bending his knees, his arms are brought up, he flicks his wrist and follows through with the release. The result of those steps in the video showed a perfect and accurate free throw being made. All that was heard was the “swish” sound of the net.

Free throws are the most important shots taken in basketball games. It allows the shooter to take shots with no defensive pressure at a fairly close distance. These steps are seen by basketball viewers to be utilized by professional basketball players who are high percentage free throw shooters.


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