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Playing basketball is a hobby for some people, but for others, it is their ultimate passion. If you want to improve your basketball shooting skills, there are a few mistakes that you need to avoid.

Read below to find out what they are, and how you can alter the course of your shooting by avoiding them.

1. Placing the Ball on the Tip of Your Thumb

The biggest mistake players make is that they place the ball on the tip of their thumb when they are bouncing it or holding it to shoot into the basket. As a result, it slips right off the hand before you can shoot directly it in the basket.

Not only that, it causes a strain on your thumb and the wrist due to the weight of the ball on your thumb. This might cause a serious problem by making your muscle or a ligament to tear up temporarily.

If you want to be good at shooting basket, you should place the basketball properly on the edge of your thumb and balance it with your whole hand. This will provide the right structure and support to your ball, and help it stay still on your hand without sliding off or causing muscle strain.

2. Flat Shot

The first rule of basketball is that you need to bounce while playing it. If you are shooting a basketball without jumping to make sure the ball is closest to the basket and can easily shoot through it, then you are bound to fail at it because that’s not how things are done at basketball.

You cannot just toss your wrist and fling the ball directly without making an appropriate jump. You need to make sure that you bring the ball at the best point by making a proper jump so that you don't make a flat shot.

You should move the ball forward, and set it according to your forehead's tip point. Next, jump or bounce accordingly to your height while measuring and establishing the exact set point of the basket

3. Irregular and Shaky Movements

If you play basketball but you have irregular and shaky movements, your ball will never shoot right inside the basket. Make sure you hold the ball firmly and move in the right direction with ultimate confidence and full control over your body.

4. Shooting First, Jumping Later

Many times players shoot the ball first at a flat distance and then jump unnecessarily. Jumping after shooting is a pointless gimmick that should be avoided at all costs. You need to jump before you shoot the ball, otherwise, it won't be able to reach the set point of the basket.

5. Jumping As High As You Can

Another silly trick used by a lot of basketball players is to jump as high as they can to throw the basketball right into the basket. This trick does work sometimes, but most of the time it fails badly.

What you need to do, is to measure the approximate distance and then make a jump considering the height that you need to cover for your ball to shoot perfectly.

Happy shooting!

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