John Wooden was a big fan of bank shots – he made it the focus of many practice sessions. UCLA’s undefeated 1972 – 73 team, including the legendary Bill Walton, racked up points using the bank shot.
Richard “Digger” Phelps (before ESPN fame, he was the winningest Notre Dame basketball coach ever) suggests playing an entire game using nothing but bank shots. (Whew!)
Bank shots aren’t glamorous, but do teach good form – and that’s what’s needed to excel at the game. See, making bank shots require you give your shot a higher arc to hit the shooting square – and high-arcing shots require proper form.
Plus, it teaches players how to make shots from all over the court. Different spots on the court require the ball to hit different parts of the shooting square. Do what “Digger” says, and pretty soon, you’ll have a good idea of where to aim to make the shot and score – and that’s where the fun is.
Practice on regulation-sized equipment
The shooting square on many Goalrilla Basketball Goals offered by the Basketball Goal Store have the same size shooting square that the colleges and high schools use – and the pros. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – practicing on equipment that’s the same dimensions of the equipment to be used in play is critical.
Think of it this way – you’re tossing paper balls into the trashcan – after several your body memory kicks in and you sink every toss. Move the trashcan. Oops – didn’t make those first few, did you? You have to re-build that body motion memory before you can make every one.
It’s the same on the basketball court. You get used to the equipment you practice on and then when you get into a game situation – and the basketball hoop is higher, or the basketball goal is bigger or a different shape or the height of the hoop rim is different – all of a sudden you have to adjust and aren’t as effective.
Like many other things in life, you have to start at home and practice with the best equipment – like the Goalrilla Goal Basketball system. You’ll play better – right out of the locker room – and be happy you took the time to call us at (800) 689-0281.
-Pat of the Basketball Goal Store Blog Team