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Basketball Tips to Overcome Basketball Shooting Slumps

Jeff Haefner

No matter how much you practice or how good of a shooter you usually are, there will be times when for a variety of reasons you find that you are having trouble making shots. Left untreated or reacted to wrongly, these slumps can turn into major confidence busters and can distract you so that you are not effective in other aspects of the game either.

Here are 5 basketball tips to break you out of shooting slumps.

I guarantee that one of these basketball tricks will break you out of your slump. We've used these techniques over and over to break kids out of shooting slumps that, left untreated, could have become season-long problems.

1) Don't hesitate.

When you catch the ball, immediately go into your shot motion without hesitating. Sometimes a fast break jump shot or a quick shot are the ones you make. If you get in your shot motion quick enough, you won't have time to think. (Now, don't rush; just catch and shoot immediately.)

2) Don't think.

You should think during practice but never think during games. You've made thousands of shots during practice and games. You've developing muscle memory by practicing your shot over and over. It's not like you're suddenly going to forget how to shoot. So just shoot the ball and don't think. Thinking is your enemy. Clear your mind and never analyze your shot during a game. It does no good!

3) Practice.

The best place to deal with a slump is in a practice setting. Without the pressure of a competition, you can focus your energy and attention on getting out of your slump. The best way to deal with a slump during a practice session is to groove your shot with form shooting close to the basket. This will rebuild your confidence and establish a positive momentum in your attitude and confidence. Move back a little at a time as you meet with consistent success at each increasing distance. (Of course, you can also use form shooting during half-time of a game to try to get yourself out of a slump. Your time, however, is pretty limited.)

4) Try this unique trick that clears your mind.

If you have a really bad slump that you just can't bust out of, try this technique…

This unique process erases the "negative shooting memories" in your mind and replaces them with good ones.

Step 1 - Shoot 5 shots about 8 feet from the basket.

Step 2 - Now shoot with your left hand (or weak hand), 5 shots.

Step 3 - Go to the free throw line. Again, shoot with your left hand (or weak hand), 5 shots.

Step 4 - Step back behind the three point line. Shoot 10 shots with your left hand.

Step 5 - Go to half court. Shoot 10 shots with your strong hand.

Step 6 - Stand on one leg. Shoot 10 shots with your strong hand. Concentrate! Try to make the shots.

Step 7 - Close one eye, while standing on one leg. Shoot 10 shots with your strong hand. (You probably won't touch the rim, but that's ok, keep trying to make it.)

Step 8 - Now switch to your left (off) hand. Close one eye, while standing on one leg. Shoot 10 shots. Seriously try to make it. Do your absolute BEST to make the shot. Concentrate!

Step 9 - Now, go into your shooting range and shoot some mid-range jump shots with your right hand. Don't worry if you make any shots. That's not important. Just shoot, don't think. The shot should feel really easy for you now.

Stroke some nice easy shots for a while. If you have more range step back a little bit and stroke a few more shots.

Every time you shoot, say under your breath, "Nice shot, I can do better." Don't worry if you make the shot. Tell yourself it doesn't matter.

I can almost guarantee that you're making more shots than you've ever made in your life.

You have probably already snapped yourself out of the slump. Those "negative memories" have now faded. Have fun with your shot, and just shoot, don't think.

If you start slipping back into your slump, try this routine again. Usually one routine will fix the problem, if not two or three times will most certainly do the trick.

(People watching might think you're crazy, but this silly mental compression trick can break you out of even the worst shooting slump.)

5) Positive attitude.

Keep a watch on your attitude as you work your way through slumps. If you find yourself muttering negative comments after misses, counter that with some positive phrases and make it point to say them after every shot, make or miss. Remember that you will be a more accurate shooter if you are relaxed. If you are down on yourself, you are certainly not relaxed and not even heading in that direction.

Watch your attitude toward teammates, too. If you encourage your teammates through their shooting struggles, you will be building a team attitude that will help you if you.

So, the next time you find yourself in a shooting slump, try these basketball tips to help break you out of your slump.

Jeff Haefner is the owner of For 20 Free Basketball Tips, Tricks and Secrets, visit

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