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6 Techniques and Drills for Developing an Elite Shooter

By adam.warner - Last updated: Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pick up some new shooting tips, techniques and drills from legendary basketball coach Don Meyer. The former Northern State University head coach produced more than 900 wins during his illustrious coaching career. In this week’s skill development feature, learn about form shooting, proper footwork, shooting progressions, and a variety of shooting drills that Coach Meyer has used over the course of his Hall of Fame career.

Wrist Extensions

Start out by making wrinkles with your wrists. Put both hands on the floor. Pretend you are carrying a waiter’s tray. Hold that position for 10 seconds. The more you can lay your wrists back, the better your range and touch will be. Now point your wrists toward you on the floor (backwards). Hold for another 10 count.

Follow Through

Next, lay on your back without a basketball. Get your elbow next to you on the floor and then make a shooting motion. Be sure to get that elbow down and in tight. Then get your hands up and hold your follow through. Make your hand relaxed and form a “V” with your fingers.


Shooting Progression

This is a “lay on your back” shooting drill. Get your elbows on the floor and next to your body. Shoot the ball up in the air. Pop it up and then catch it. Try to get the ball 10 feet up in the air if you can. Hold your follow through. Now retrace backwards and lay the elbow back down on the floor. First try this with a partner who can catch the ball for you, then do it on your own.

Note: This was a drill that Hall of Famer Jerry West performed frequently throughout his career.

Shooting in Place

Now shoot the ball in place. Every shooter has a shooting pocket or launching pad. How quickly you can get into your shooting pocket is very important. Many players dip the ball (sometimes to their kneecaps) and will have a hard time getting off good shots against quality players. They will often strip the ball or pressure it. Therefore, it’s important to the get the ball into your shooting pocket as soon as possible when taking a shot.

Shooting Drills

Each player should have a ball. At the same basket, each player will shoot it. The goal here is to get the ball as high as we can. Don’t shoot at the rim. Instead, look to hit the top of the glass or side of the glass. Bend your knees and sit into your game.

Get the ball up. Now shoot a bank shot and look to hit the top near corner of the basket. Get the ball in your pocket right away and don’t dip it. We’re looking to swish every shot. We don’t want to be short on a bank shot. The angle we want to bank at should be between the box and the first hash.

Tip: Always hold your follow through. According to Coach Meyer, if you do anything at all when it comes to shooting, make sure you hold the follow through. Remember, you can make a million shots in practice, but you need technique to make them in a game.


To be a quality scorer, you must get your feet ahead of your hands. It all comes down to footwork. That’s a perfect example of why NBA champion Richard Hamilton is so good. He’s got tremendous footwork. Some players can shoot, but they can’t score. For this exercise, the goal is to make 2-3 shots in a row from close range and then keep moving back once you hit them.

Tip: There’s a shooting hand and a balance hand. We don’t want the balance hand to interfere with a shot (AKA “Balance Hand Drag”).

Meanwhile, you must be mentally tough to be a scorer. If you miss 5-6 shots in a row, you have to believe that you’re going to score on the next attempt.

Target: Shoot for the back half of the basket. You’ve got nine inches to work with. When shooting from the top of the circle, you’ve got one degree in either direction to make it. That’s why it’s so important that we keep the ball straight. Keep it straight and to the back half of the basket.


The previous clips can be seen on Championship Productions’ DVD “Don Meyer: Secrets to Building a Championship Basketball Program.” To check out more videos in the Don Meyer collection, click here.

New Basketball DVDs featuring Don Meyer, Bob Huggins & More!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, August 24, 2009

We have recently released eight new basketball DVDs with the following coaches: Don Meyer, Bob Huggins, Sharon Versyp, Mike Rice, Dave Spiller, Nick Nurse, Geno Ford, and Tim Welsh!  The basketball DVDs are titled:

Don Meyer: Secrets to Building a Championship Basketball Program
Bob Huggins: Team Practice Drills for Mental Toughness
1-4 High Multi-Option Offense
Mike Rice: Man-to-Man Pressure Defense
Small Group Practice Drills
Dynamic Shooting Drills and End-Game Strategies 
Geno Ford: Toughness Drills and Early Offense
Tim Welsh: Drills for Disruptive Defense

Don Meyer Awarded Jimmy V Perseverance Award!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Monday, July 20, 2009

Don Meyer, Northern State University Men’s Basketball Coach, was awarded the prestigious Jimmy V Perseverance Award during ESPN’s annual ESPY Awards.  The award was presented to Meyer on Wednesday, July 15, at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, CA.  The ESPY Awards aired on ESPN on Sunday, July 19.

Meyer, the winningest men’s basketball coach in NCAA history, finished the season with 910 career wins.  Last fall, Meyer was involved in a serious car accident that resulted in the amputation of part of his left leg and was diagnosed with cancer.


Championship Productions Nets Fourth Telly Award in Four Years!

By nate.landas - Last updated: Friday, June 19, 2009

For the fourth time in the past four years, Championship Productions has been awarded a Telly Award for excellence in video production.  The award-winning title in 2009 is Basketball: The Don Meyer Way featuring the all-time winningest men’s basketball coach in NCAA history, Don Meyer.  Meyer, the head coach at Northern State University (SD) , has twice been the NAIA National Coach of the Year and is in the NAIA Hall of Fame.

The Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions.  The Championship Productions’ basketball DVD was among 13,000 entries that covered all 50 states and five continents.

Basketball: The Don Meyer Way received a “bronze” award (The Telly Awards’ second-highest honor).  The bronze award scores from 7.0 to 8.9 on a 10-point scale; 18-25% of entrants receive a bronze.

Dustin McDonough, Championship Productions’ Video Production Director, said: “Winning this award, again, for the fourth time in just four years, confirms that our attention to detail, and quality, is both recognizable and noteworthy … this award is a great reinforcement to Coach Meyer and to the video production and editing team that putting your best effort forward makes a difference in perception and delivery.”

The Telly Awards were founded in 1978 by David E. Carter, a past Emmy® and Clio® winner, to honor excellence in local, regional and cable TV commercials.  Today, the Telly is one of the most sought-after awards by industry leaders, from large international firms to local production companies and ad agencies.  Judges evaluate entries to recognize distinction in creative work – and the entries are judged against a high standard of merit.  Past winners, in addition to Championship Productions, have included producers for HBO, A&E, The Discovery Channel, Sony Pictures, and TBS.

Ames-based Championship Productions, founded in 1976 by Bill Bergan, is the world’s No. 1 producer and distributor of sports instructional DVDs. Championship Productions produces instructional DVDs, commercials, and has a DVD duplication service.


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