What do you do if you get into a shooting slump during your season? Shooters shoot right? So besides continuing to find your open shots in games, what can you do to prepare and be confident when your field goal percentage drops?
-Get in the gym. Do a little extra work by yourself and make shots. Form shooting and putting up shots in an empty gym will reset your mechanics and lift your confidence so you feel good about being a shot maker again.
-Visualize your performance. Close your eyes and literally play the game out in your head the night before. Play your best game and see yourself making shots from all your game spots.
-Create some easy buckets. Confidence is a tricky thing, and you will build it in a game with some easy shots that go through the net. Get to the rim at the start of the game, get to the free throw line, and attack the offensive glass for some easy put backs. Now the jump shot will feel lighter.
-Self talk is key. Great shooters have a short memory when they miss. They are always future focused, ready for the next shot. Play within your skill set and your teams’ offensive game plan, but stay ready to hit the next open shot. Tell yourself you are a great shooter and that you are going to make every shot you take. Believe in yourself and tell yourself that you believe!
Go get buckets.
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