One of the biggest misconceptions in basketball is the difference between a scorer and a shooter. Most people think that shooters and scorers are one in the same but that couldn’t be any farther from the truth.
A shooter is someone with a great jump shot, point blank. A shooter is a player like Reggie Miller, Kyle Korver or J.J. Redick, that when the ball leaves his hands the opposing teams hold their breath. You can not leave him open and if you do you will surely pay.
A scorer is someone who finds a way to put the ball in the basket. Whether it be from a jump shot, lay-up, or put back rebound, he is consistently around the ball.
Of course the best of both worlds would be a shooter that can score, but these players are few and far between so today lets concentrate on shooting. In my DVD “The Fundamentals of Shooting” I break down shooting technique from what I call the 3 F’s: footwork, form, and follow through. What most players do not realize it but the jump shot starts with the legs but timing is a essential factor in becoming a great shooter.
If you’re the type of shooter that relies on arm strength alone you are setting yourself up to become a streak shooter. On the converse, if you jump your highest and release the ball late, you will have problems shooting the ball in the 4th quarter when you legs are tired. You need to have a balance.
As you’re feet are leaving the ground, the ball should be just about out of your hands. Utilize the power generated from you legs to shoot the ball especially if you want to become a long-range threat.
In the video below I show you how important it is to use your legs in your jump shot: