In our last Blog we discussed how vital your index is when shooting the basketball. Today we will explain why we believe this, and how you can become a better shooter using the INDEX finger.
LETS REVIEW THE POSITION OF INDEX FINGER
Start with placing the index finger of the shooting hand on or directly below the air hole of the basketball. If not on the air hole make sure the index finger is lined up with it. See below
WHY IS THE INDEX SO IMPORTANT
1.Here at FF we believe that the INDEX finger is the strongest and straightest finger you have. Though this could/will be debated, what is not up for debate is the fact that the index finger can exert the most straight strength of any finger- enough to support the entire body. This leads to more control when the ball is released when shooting.
2. On release, with the index finger coming off the ball last, it will create a consistent rotation that will be the same every time the ball is shot. The more fingers you have involved, the less likely you will be consistent. Holding your follow through should be with the index finger pointing at the rim or pinching the thumb. (That's for another time) Let's just start with pointing it at the rim. You won't go wrong being straight.
3. The index finger is also an aiming mechanism. Here is what the United States Army says about our pointing ability in its Field Manual. "Everyone has the ability to point at an object." This can be said for shooting a basketball, as well. Getting the index finger to the target(hoop) will determine the success of the shooter.
Start Working On This Today:
1. Air Shoot- Shoot without the ball and and get your finger pointing at the rim. This is considered a, muscle memory exercise.
2. Place the ball in your hand. Index finger on the air hole, if not on air hole then directly below so that index finger is in the middle of the ball. Guide hand on side of ball. Then just shoot upwards, so you can get a feel for the ball coming off the index finger.
SHOOTERS ARE NOT BORN
Thanks for reading and KEEP ON SHOOTING!
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