A jump shot is best used when you are charging down the court and cannot dribble past your opponent. Make a sudden stop with both feet landing at the same time. Transfer your forward movement into a vertical leap. Focus on the rim and shoot. Use our step by step guide to master your jump shot:

  1. Place your feet shoulder width apart.
  2. Put your shooting arm up and bend your wrist at a 90 degree angle
  3. Place your other hand on the side to help stabilise the ball.
  4. Hold the ball above your head at your desired height.
  5. Elevate straight up while holding the ball tightly
  6. Square up with the hoop when you have reached the highest point.
  7. Extend your shooting arm up and snap your wrist to propel the ball towards the rim
  8. The ball should leave the fingertips and point towards the ground afterwards
  9. Keep your eyes focused on a spot on the back of the rim
  10. Maintain a good follow through with the wrist

Perfecting the jump shot allows an average player to become a scoring machine. However in the face of tougher, taller and smarter defenders you may need to consider another type of shot such as the fade-away and the leaner.

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