How to Hit a Half Court Shot in Basketball

This skill is good to know whether you actually play basketball, just want to impress your friends, or win a bet. It may seem difficult but with a little practice you can accomplish it.

Steps

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    Make sure you have a well inflated basketball.
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    Start a little farther back than the half court line.
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    If you can, position yourself directly in front of the hoop so that you can use the backboard to your advantage.
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    Get a running start (like throwing a baseball or football forward body movement will increase distance).
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    Hold the basketball like you normally would. If you can't do this you're not strong enough to shoot a half court shot.
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    When you reach a distance of a foot or so before the line, leap forward and push your arms out.
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    Don't try to swish the ball, instead use the backboard. Always put a lot of power into it so it can bounce off the backboard and in. (It's better to shoot too far than too short because of the backboard.)
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    Practice this and find the right touch to sink it. With a little practice you can master this.

Tips

  • Use forward body motion: It is the only way to accurately propel the ball.
  • Use the backboard to your advantage and always use more power in the shot rather than less power.
  • Hit the weight room and improve your overall strength if you have to. Then you can even shoot a half-court shot as if you are taking a straight-up jump shot.

Things You'll Need

  • Basketball
  • Hoop
  • Half court marking

Article Info

Categories: Basketball