BEGINNER TO ADVANCED
INDIVIDUAL &/OR PARTNER
To begin, the player should place a chair
four (4) to eight (8) feet directly in line with the rim facing the basket.
The player should sit in the chair with his/her body square to the basket.
The player should then execute a shot, while seated in the chair, using
only the upper body rhythm. Without the use of the legs, the power
to execute the shot should stem from the upper body rhythm. Players
should execute two (2) to three (3) sets of twenty (20) reps. Players
can feel free to change the distance by moving the chair back after a given
set in increments of twelve (12) inches.
• Set the distance of the chair to the
basket based upon your age, size, and strength. Younger players should
work on executing the drill at a closer distance while stronger or more
advanced players can execute this drill from a greater distance.
• A younger player can execute the drill
with the basket at a lower height. The player should continue to
emphasize proper execution of shooting fundamentals only utilizing the
• Focus on the development of arm rhythm
while working to maintain or increase the arc on the shot. Proper
body and arm position will help yield a shot that is properly aligned to
VARIATIONS: Add to the drill listed
by varying your shot location. Execute the traditional chair drill
in a direct line right down the middle of the basket or you can change
the angle and work at the same distance with a bank shot. Determine
the variation and focus on accomplishing the task of improving your shooting
accuracy and consistency.
• USE A
BIG BASKETBALL: Try doing the drill
with a training aid like the big ball for shooting. This variation
will help reinforce your shooting fundamentals and develop more arch and
accuracy. Execute the drill as described while utilizing the big
basketball. After you complete your twenty (20) shots with the big
ball, immediately switch to a regulation basketball and shoot the same
number of shots from the same spot. This drill will help reinforce
your shooting skills and build more accuracy into your shot.
• USE A
HEAVY BASKETBALL (ADVANCED): Try
doing the drill with a training aid like the heavy basketball. This
drill will help reinforce your shooting fundamentals while you work on
developing a stronger shooting follow-through. This drill is for
older, stronger players that can get the heavy basketball to the basket
without compromising body alignment. If you have to use your shoulder
to get the heavy basketball to the basket, do not execute this drill.
The heavy basketball variation executed incorrectly will create a bad habit
and defeat the purpose of executing this drill. After you complete
your twenty (20) shots with the heavy basketball, immediately switch to
a regulation basketball and shoot the same number of shots from the same
spot. This drill will help reinforce your shooting skills and build
more accuracy into your shot.
• USE “THE
SHOOTING COACH”: Execute the drill
with a training aid like the “The Shooting Coach.” This variation
will help reinforce your release, rotation, and arch components of shooting
fundamentals. Work on developing correct release, rotation, and arch
by reading the “Shooting Coach?.” See “The Shooting Coach” video
for details on how to utilize and read the training aid before implementing
it into your training workout.