How To Shoot A Free Throw

Travis Dickey, Reporter

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In basketball, making free throws could be the difference from winning or losing. Free throws, even though they are only worth one point, are very vital to a team’s success. For some, free throws come easy, but for others, it could be a huge weakness in their game that may need a lot of work and practice. At the end of the day, shooting a free throw is 90% mental and only 10% form. Which means, if somebody has a good form but they think they’re going to miss, then 9/10 they will miss. On the other side, if somebody has a bad form but they think they’re going to make it, then they will make 9/10. There is a very basic way to start making more free throws. Step one is to breathe, slow down and focus on the rim. Step two is to think about making the shot. If a player thinks about the ball going in, then they have the mental game down. Step three is to just let the body take care of it. When somebody focuses and thinks “make the shot,” then their body will try to emulate their thoughts and make the shot.