Basketball Coach Newsletter Issue #93

Improve Your Shooting with Jerry Petitgoue’s “Shot Builder” Drill

By nate.landas - Last updated: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - One Comment

Jerry Petitgoue, the Cuba City HS basketball coach with three state championships, 19 conference titles, and over 840 career victories, knows what it takes to score the basketball.  In this clip, Coach Petitgoue will show you the Shot Builder Drill, a fundamentally sound drill that focuses on shooting the ball with good form.

Shot Builder Drill


Set-up and Sequence:

  • Place three players at a hoop; each with a basketball.
  • Players start close to the basket and shoot with one hand, with the other hand behind their back.
  • Players then take a step back to the block and continue shooting with one hand.
  • Players take a step back further, to the elbow or 15 feet, and continue shooting with one hand.


This drill came from Championship Productions’ basketball video, Open Practice with Jerry Petitgoue.  To view more videos from the Open Practice Basketball Series, click here.

One Response to “Improve Your Shooting with Jerry Petitgoue’s “Shot Builder” Drill”

Comment from Michael
Time August 21, 2014 at 12:52 pm

I agree with the importance of close to the basket fundamental shooting drills. The only suggetion or difference I would make under the Set-up & Sequence portion, would be the off hand behind the back of the shooter. I have noticed that this positioning of the arm tends to pull the opposite shoulder away and turns the body. I teach the opposite hand should look like you are shaking hands and left at a 90% angle by the hip. This movement will continue the shooting progression to two hands and proper form. Just a suggestion.

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