How To Shoot A Free Throw By Stephen Souky
The first thing to consider is stance. When shooting a free throw, you have the time to perfectly set up your stance and get your balance, so take it. As you step up to the free throw line, line up your dominant foot with the basket – on most courts there will even be a small dot adjacent to the free throw line that indicates a straight line to the rim of the basket. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart, and make sure that your toes are pointed at the basket and not angled towards the left or right. Stay square with the basket through your torso and shoulders.
With your weight shifted forward onto the balls of your feet and your toes, bend your knees. Most of the power of your free throw will come from your legs and core muscles, so you'll want to start from a powerful position. That exact position will depend on your own comfort and strength, but somewhere in between 110 and 160 degrees is generally an effective range.
Hold the ball in your dominant hand, and only use your non-dominant hand for support and guidance rather than power. Keep the ball on your fingertips. As you bend your knees, raise the ball until it just about touches your nose. Make sure to keep your elbows tucked in to give maximum power and control to your throw.
Take your shot, aiming for the back of the rim and quickly extending your legs. Release the ball as your elbow straightens. After the ball leaves your hand, be sure to follow through by bending your wrist forward, which will help improve the accuracy of your shot.
Now the key is practice and attitude. Free shots are taken under a lot of pressure in a game, and all the attention will be on you – so practice until you can score with reliability and consistency on free throws.
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