Jump Shot

The Jumper

Jump shots are simply an evolution of set shots that allow players to shoot past defenders’ arms. Because defenders are more athletic and larger than ever, the jump shot is being used more frequently than ever.

The jump shot is essentially the same as the set shot and free throw. For example, the grip and rotation of the ball are very similar. Before we dive into the step-by-step analysis of the jump shot there are some important differences.

People who are must have flat jumpshots tend to be lazy

Jump shot


Are your jumpers falling apart? You are not the only one. In game situations, most missed jump shots are on target. The reason is that players are instructed to aim for the front of the basket. If the shot is not slightly off target, it will result in a missed jump shot. This will allow you to see into the basket, which is where the shot should land.


Your shoulders should be straight to the basket before you shoot. However, this will naturally happen if your feet and feet are properly set. When you’re dribbling, your feet should be facing the basket. Then you can move the ball to a shooting position with your hands. When you receive a pass, look at the passer with your hands extended and relaxed. When you catch the pass, reach for the ball with your hands and bring your arms closer to your body.

When you are ready to shoot, ensure that your feet are at a comfortable distance from each other, with the shooting foot slightly in front of the helping one. With the big toe of your lead foot pointed toward the center, the toes of both feet should face the rim.


The grip is the same as the free throw: the index finger of your shooting hand lies directly in the middle and rests on your fingers. The helping hand lies on the side of you ball with the thumb extended toward the middle.

Jump shots require you to grip the ball more tightly than free throws. You want your jump shot to be as smooth and effortless as possible.

The Knees

Keep in mind that your knees don’t need to be bent too much. You will likely be more concerned about getting elevation if you do this. While this is a good thing, it doesn’t work when you want to convert a shot. The bottom line is making the basket.

Follow through and release

For the free throw, the arm should be held in the same manner as it is for the free throw. The ball should be held just past the shooting side. This will allow the wrists to do the work, and not the arms. Once the ball is in a comfortable shooting position, transfer your weight to the toes. As you leap, don’t lean forward or backwards.

Release the ball when you reach the top of your leap. Do not release the arms, but gently snap the wrist. While the ball should be released from the fingers, the wrist must move fast enough to rotate the ball. You should not rush to get the shooting hand back.


Jump shots between 6 and 15 feet should not be more than 4ft above the rim at the highest point. Higher arcs may be required for shots taken from distances greater than 15 feet.

Never follow the ball’s flight. Keep your eyes on the target at the back of it.


You should not let a jump shot go if you think it isn’t going in. A good shooter knows how a shot should feel. You may think you are making a good shot, but you don’t. Keep your confidence high and expect your shots to go in. You will soon become familiar with your surroundings and regain your sense of touch.

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