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If your goal is “nothing but net,” those skills require practice, attention to form, and the perfection of mechanics. Try this series of drills you can do on your own and on any court designed to help you dial in your shooting abilities.

Warm-Up

Length: 5 minutes

Jump rope at a comfortable pace for the full length of the warm-up.

Form Shooting

Diagram of basketball court showing three dots near the hoop, with one in the center, one on the left, and one on the right.

Length: 10 minutes

Start positioned one foot from the front of the rim, from spots in the center and on the left and right sides of the court. Focus on your form and mechanics with each shot, with a goal of making 10 baskets from each of the three positions.

10-Footers

Diagram of basketball court showing three dots one foot from the hoop, with one in the center, one on the left, and one on the right.

Length: 10 minutes

Move all three spots from the last exercise out so you’re 10 feet from the basket. Aim to make 15 baskets from each spot.

Elbow to Elbow

Diagram of a basketball court showing dots on both the right and left elbow of the court.

Length: 10 minutes

Shoot from elbow to elbow, or from each of the two corners of the free-throw line. Aim to make 15 baskets from each side.

Elbow to Wing

Diagram of a basketball court with dots located at the elbow and wing of the left and right sides of the court.

Length: 10 minutes

On the left side of the basket, shoot from the elbow and then from the wing. Repeat on the right side of the basket. Aim to make five shots from each spot and 10 on each side.

Long Range

Diagram showing a full basketball court, with dots at the center three-point line, as well as right and left sides of the court.

Length: 10 minutes

Pick three different spots on the court to shoot from, selecting the appropriate length from the basket for your ability. Set a timer and shoot from those three places for a total of 10 minutes.

Free-Throws

A diagram of a full basketball court with a dot marked on the free-throw line of one side.

Length: 10 minutes

Position yourself at the free-throw line and practice your shot, aiming to make 20 free-throws.

Diana Smigielski
Diana Smigielski

Diana Smigielski is the senior manager of Ultimate Hoops Training and manages basketball training operations for Life Time’s nationwide.

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