They say the best things in life are free, let's make some free throws

The referee blows the whistle, you go to the free throw line, the charity stripe so they call it.

Everybody should make their shots from the line, it's just you and the hoop; that's it. No defender, only thing that can get in your way is thinking about what you had for dinner last night.

Since you already know how to shoot a basketball, now you're simply shooting it 15 feet away from the basket, piece of cake.

One of the most important keys is rhythm. You want to develop the same rhythm or routine every time you're at the line. Don't think just DO.

Everyone has their own routine. Here's mine:

  • take in a nice looooong deep breath and exhale
  • bounce the ball once, then twice
  • collect yourself
  • bend your knees
  • then release the shot


Some key things to remember:

  • keep shoulders square, facing the basket
  • feet spread shoulder width apart
  • right foot in front of left foot (for right handers)
  • use your legs, bend your knees and spring upwards as you shoot

Sometimes, people will try to psyche you out or distract you, just remember how perfect you were in practice. Oh and it doesn't hurt to clear your mind and block everything else out. When your mind gets to loud, that's when you miss.

Remember, this is a free throw; it's FREE. With good technique and practice, there's no reason whatsoever that you shouldn't be automatic from the line.

Here's a video of Michael Jordan offering some valuable practice tips and insight on free throw shooting:

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