Practicing at Game Speed
I’ve seen a lot of great shooters throughout my career. Especially individuals who can beat anyone at shooting games such as “H.O.R.S.E” However, when some of these same individuals are put into a game their percentage of shooting accuracy drops drastically because games like “HORSE” often times do not include factors such as fatigue and defensive pressure. The key to practicing shooting is practicing it at game speed and in game-like situations.
I remember my college coach telling us “to practice hard so that the games would be easy.” In other words, practice at game-like speed or conditions so when you step onto the floor for the game you will be well prepared. The following is a great drill to practice shooting at game speed.
1) Mark five spots on the floor from where you would typically take a shot
2) The first person shoots 20 shots from the first spot and the 2nd person rebounds for the shooter or first person
3) The second person then shoots 20 shots from the same spot and the 1st person rebounds the ball
4) Keep alternating shooters until both have taken 20 shots from each spot
5) If you do not have a partner, shoot 10 shots at each spot, and of course, you will have to rebound for yourself. Also, between spots, make 5 free throws, and then go to the next spot.
6) The key is to move fast and shoot the ball quickly