How To Shoot a Basketball and Make It Every Time

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  2. Master the BEEF Method
  3. Follow These Four Steps To Shoot a Basketball
  4. Know the Importance of Consistency
  5. Become the Great Shooter You’re Meant to Be

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{"blocks":[{"key":"7cgso","text":"Have you ever watched Steph Curry play and wondered how you could shoot basketballs like him? ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":94,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":94,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":94,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":94,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"aslen","text":"Knowing how to shoot a basketball doesn’t only depend on simply throwing the ball. You may think that shooting a basketball isn’t rocket science, but it does involve some form of science. Perfect shots rely on the seamless operation of every single part of your body. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":268,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":268,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":268,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":268,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"1llo0","text":"While this guide might not guarantee that you’ll be the next NBA legend, it sure is a great start.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":98,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":98,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":98,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":98,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Master the BEEF Method

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Follow These Four Steps To Shoot a Basketball

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Know the Importance of Consistency

{"blocks":[{"key":"91p28","text":"As with all journeys to success, consistency is key. A consistent practice paired with relentless efforts produce unbelievable improvements. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":141,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":141,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":141,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":141,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"7cnqo","text":"You don’t have to go from zero to 100 in one day. But starting small and slowly building up your muscles, mindset, and mannerisms are crucial in developing consistency. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":169,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":169,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":169,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":169,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"35cns","text":"Muscles","type":"header-three","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":7,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":7,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":7,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":7,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"},{"offset":0,"length":7,"style":"BOLD"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"2p9h6","text":"By forming muscle memory, you’d be able to act without thinking. The proper form and proper delivery of the ball would come naturally to you. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":142,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":142,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":142,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":142,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"40ork","text":"Mindset","type":"header-three","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":7,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":7,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":7,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":7,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"},{"offset":0,"length":7,"style":"BOLD"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"7ru2c","text":"It’s also important to develop your mindset along with your physical attributes. Having a positive mindset is the special ingredient that could bring your talents to greater heights. ","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":183,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":183,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":183,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":183,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"bjtdl","text":"Mannerisms","type":"header-three","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":10,"style":"color-rgb(67,67,67)"},{"offset":0,"length":10,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":10,"style":"fontsize-14pt"},{"offset":0,"length":10,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"},{"offset":0,"length":10,"style":"BOLD"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}},{"key":"emvgm","text":"Lastly, your mannerisms, such as having a dominant shooting side or knowing which part of the rim to focus on, complete the package of consistency. Developing these preferences means that you’ve had plenty of practice to recognize the techniques that work best for your body.","type":"unstyled","depth":0,"inlineStyleRanges":[{"offset":0,"length":275,"style":"color-rgb(0,0,0)"},{"offset":0,"length":275,"style":"bgcolor-transparent"},{"offset":0,"length":275,"style":"fontsize-11pt"},{"offset":0,"length":275,"style":"fontfamily-Arial"}],"entityRanges":[],"data":{}}],"entityMap":{}}

Become the Great Shooter You’re Meant to Be

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