How to Make a Bank Shot in Basketball

August 20, 2023
David Sunnyside

As basketball has evolved into a more fast-paced game, many players have adapted to the game by using a variety of shot techniques. One of the most popular of these is the bank shot, which has become a staple in today’s basketball games. From half court heaves to layups, banks are often used by players to score at the buzzer or when they are trying to get around tough defense.

While it may seem like a simple way to score, there is more to shooting a bank shot than meets the eye. The first step to mastering this shot is to understand how to properly position yourself on the court. Getting your body into the right spot can make or break your bank shot. This is particularly important for defensive players as they will need to be in a secure stance while still being able to contest the shooter.

In order to effectively make a bank shot, players should position themselves near the top corner of the inner rectangle. This area is optimal for this type of shot because it allows the player to have a good arc on their shot. Shooting from any other angle on the backboard may not have as much of a chance to go in because they will not be able to hit the rim with enough force.

This is why it is important for players to practice different angles when they are working on their bank shots. This will allow them to build the muscle memory needed to execute this difficult, yet rewarding shot.

David Sunnyside
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