"Dad, can you teach me how to shoot?"
"Coach, can you help me with my shooting?"
These are two common questions that aspiring young basketball players ask. So we go out on the driveway, or court, and try to explain some basics in shooting, with maybe some shooting experience of our own (but really without a repeatable "system"), and then tell 'em to practice a lot.
Sounds good? -- well, no... first, get Tom Nordland's SWISH DVD(s). After viewing and studying Tom's DVDs, you will actually understand shooting mechanics, the basics in becoming an excellent shooter, and the basics in how to teach it.
Personally, I wish I had a video like this years ago when I was a kid! Not only would I have become a better shooter, and known HOW to practice, but also I would have had a better understanding of how to teach and help the players I have coached over the years. Having studied Tom's video, I will be a better shooting coach with future players.
Tom Nordland was a great player and scorer in his own playing days, and has coached shooting skills to many advanced players, including collegiate and NBA players.
The Swish videos take the viewer through the principles of good shooting. Its four keys are to:
(1) shoot from a strong power force (UpForce),
(2) minimize variables with a constant release,
(3) aim high and be ready to vary the height or arc of the shot, and
(4) vary the timing of the shot as required.
The correct release is demonstrated and is shown how this can be taught systematically to players with simple drills. Then the UpForce is described, and then the coupling of the UpForce and release in the jump shot. Free throw shooting is also covered.
Mental aspects of shooting are touched upon. And the basics of shooting -- the grip, stance, vision (aim), set position and release and follow-through are reviewed. Finally, drills and fun shooting games are added for practicing.
If you are a player wanting to learn to shoot, or a baffled parent wanting to help his/her kid, or a coach who really wants to be able to help players develop their shooting skills, definitely look at the Swish DVDs!
When I was a kid, coaches often thought good shooters were "born", a God-given talent... not something you could really teach. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Excellent shooters are not "born", they become great shooters by using correct, simple, repeatable shooting techniques, coupled with hours of practice, drills, and eventually, confidence. Just about anyone can be taught to shoot correctly if the motivation is there!
Swish: A Guide to Great Basketball Shooting
DVD, 1997, 56 minutes. Tom's original "Swish" video is a classic introduction to shooting and the preferred starter video for younger kids (up to 7th or 8th grade). Produced in 1997, this 56-minute presentation simplifies the skill such that anyone can learn the basic motions. It presents an uncomplicated approach, talking about things like the value of shooting from bigger muscles, of minimizing variables in the Release, the importance of alignment, and of the mental conversation going from "I am not a shooter" to "I am becoming a shooter," to "I AM a shooter!"
"Swish 1" Video Clip
Swish 2: Learning and Coaching the Swish Method
DVD, 2005, 2 hours. The second Swish video was created in 2005 and is the "Application" of the Swish Process and describes in great detail the steps to both learning and coaching this simple, extraordinary approach to shooting. It will answer just about any question you have. You’ll see examples throughout the video of Tom's students demonstrating the steps to great shooting while knocking down their shots with ease.
The original "Swish" is the kind of video you may want to watch occasionally for the simplicity and wisdom it contains, whereas you’ll want to watch "Swish 2" over and over and over, it is so rich with content. It contains new insights Tom had from eight more years of studying and teaching the skill of shooting.
"Swish 2" Video Clip
Swish 3: Swish Free Throw
DVD, 1.5 hours. Swish 3 will teach you, step-by-step, how to coach yourself or others to excellent free throw shooting. It comes with a 90-day unconditional money-back guarantee so you have nothing to lose! This third video expands the Swish methodology, focusing on the humble and humbling free throw.
Learning How to Coach the Swish Way (Coaches E-Book)
PDF eBook, 58 pages. Learn to teach the Swish way, a Swish eBook that can turn you into a more effective shooting coach. This spells out exactly what to do. Follow this protocol and you will make a difference with your players. Coupled with the Swish videos, you will have a powerful approach to coaching this critical basketball skill.
Pure Shooting in Weeks! (Personal Coaching Program)
Tom is now offering a remote coaching service for just $97 that will coach you to "Pure Shooting" in just weeks! It utilizes video and email communication. The course includes access to an On-Line streaming video view of both Swish 2 and Swish 3, plus a PDF describing how you can discover "How you shoot now," the first step in this process. Along with that, you're asked to download, print and fill out a 2-page Questionnaire on this "How now" stuff. Then, by faxing the form to Tom, he can see where you're at. This becomes a stepping off point for this coaching.