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The set shot


This shot is used when you are standing still and close to the basket.

It is also the technique used for a free throw - an unopposed shot awarded after an opposing foul, and taken from the free-throw line.

STEP ONE


To begin the shot, crouch down with your knees apart and face the basket.

Your shooting hand should be behind the ball with the wrist cocked.

If you are a right-hand shooter, your right leg should be just ahead of your left as your knees bend.

STEP TWO


Make sure your shooting hand is facing the basket.

Start the shot by straightening your legs and transfer your weight slightly forwards.

With the ball in front of you, see yourself as springing up towards the basket.

STEP THREE


Pump your arm upwards so it straightens and aim to lift yourself up on to your toes.

Use your non-shooting hand to guide the ball and release it by flicking your wrist and fingers of your shooting hand.

Aim for the ball to loop quite high and concentrate on having a smooth and continuous action.



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