I love the art of shooting!

To me, it’s the most fascinating aspect of basketball and the hardest skill for individuals to master.  That’s why only a handful of great shooters exist.

Consider the various components of the shooting process.  Hand placement, wrist action, arms, legs, pre-shot movement, and just the right amount of rhythm/timing mixed in.  Plus, the defender is in your face!

Everything must be in sync to consistently achieve success.

Don’t forget the intangibles, e.g., talent, dedication, and work ethic.  Add the parts together and the formula for a shooter can be quite complicated.

In the game of basketball, every player has their own unique shooting formula    … a DNA signature, if you will.  Even so, they ALL have the ability to become a Next Level Shooter!



Defined as:  The point at which a player reaches and sustains their full potential as a shooter.



Ask coaches/parents this question and the usual responses are given:

  1. Proper technique or form
  2. Correct pre-shot alignment
  3. Balance
  4. Good concentration
  5. Shoot … shoot … shoot

All good answers, but something is missing from the list that enables a player to become a Next Level Shooter.

The missing (X) in the shooting formula is … “TURN YOUR BRAIN OFF”

It’s that simple!



Shooters experience:

  1. Instant and improved results
  2. A relaxed shooting motion (start to finish)
  3. Increased confidence
  4. A mental calmness

Bottom line, a Next Level Shooter has absolutely no THOUGHTS during the shooting motion allowing the mind and body to completely relax.




14 years of conducting large group clinics, small group sessions, and individual lessons across Texas afforded me the opportunity to work with a lot of kids.

I’ve encountered every kind of student/shooter imaginable:

  1. Eager to learn
  2. Know it all’s
  3. Over-thinkers
  4. Quick learners
  5. Slow learners
  6. Those that march to the beat of their own drummer

In the end, when each type of student learned to “Turn their brain off”, great things happened and Next Level Shooting was the result!



Remember this … “Thinking is the enemy of good shooting”.

Students must learn to FEEL the shooting motion vs. THINKING about it.  It’s the secret to Next Level Shooting!

The shooter’s goal is to develop an awareness of what the shooting process feels like from start to finish.  Ideally, it will be a smooth or flowing sensation with no tightness in their shoulders, arms, or wrist/forearm area.

Mentally, the shooter is trying to achieve an overall Calmness or a Quiet Mind.  Once thinking is eliminated, they no longer suffer from PARALYSIS by ANALYSIS!

This takes place only when the shooter “Turns their brain off” and learns to feel the shot.  By doing so, the sub-conscious mind kicks in and guides the player seamlessly through the entire shooting process.

When thinking enters the picture, the shooter tenses up, e.g., shoulders, arms, and mind.  Battles ensue between tight vs. relaxed, smooth vs. jerky, and calmness vs. anxiety.  It’s no wonder poor results follow!

Feeling the shot helps momentum travel naturally up the shot line while thinking tends to impede the flow.  This is especially true for the ultra-thinker who constantly talks to themselves about what to do throughout the shooting motion.



Two important items to focus on when working with students are:

  1. Asking what the shot felt like
  2. Reminders to “Turn your brain off”

When a shot looks good to the instructor it usually feels good to the student.  At that point, ask them, “How did it feel?”, e.g., smooth, tight, jerky.

This reinforces what the shooting motion is supposed to feel like.  Do this often during the session(s) until you’re satisfied they fully understand what it means to feel the shot.

Misses and body language (tightness appearing) are indicators that thinking is taking place.  This is a perfect time to say, “Turn your brain off” and to emphasize feeling the shot.

Old habits die hard so players need constant reminders.  It can be a struggle until they figure out FEELING is far superior to THINKING.



For players having a hard time feeling their shot (ultra-thinkers), this is a good drill:

  1. Student takes three shots from 15′
  2. Instruct them to concentrate on feeling the shot and to eliminate all thoughts (mind is blank)
  3. After three attempts, ask if any thoughts crept in and then have them describe what each shot felt like
  4. Repeat until student grasps the concept of Feeling vs. Thinking

Recently, I had success with two students using this drill.  The first was a 10th grade boy who acted like a TV sports analyst by breaking down every shot he took.  The second was an 8th grade girl with a perfectionist personality.  Both were ultra-thinkers and making shots on a consistent basis was a struggle.

The first round of three shots brought amazing results.  A calmness was evident in both plus they made each attempt with great looking form.  The parents in attendance were smiling because they could see the immediate transformation.

We repeated the drill several times with great results and the remainder of the session was much better.  As an instructor, this was extremely satisfying to see the “Light” come on!



“TURN YOUR BRAIN OFF” …  a simple yet effective concept that helps students maximize their shooting ability.

Once THINKING is eliminated, players can begin to FEEL the shooting motion putting them on track to become a NEXT LEVEL SHOOTER!


With God and a powerful dream, anything is possible!


A parent, whose daughter is presently learning the One Motion Technique, recently sent me a document titled, THE SHOOTER’S CODE.

His name is Gary Valvo and he’s a Captain flying for Delta Air Lines out of Los Angeles.

I wanted to share this with everyone as it contains some very good thoughts that all shooters should emulate.



  • A Shooter’s Goal –  Achieve and maintain the highest standards of consistent shooting % and free throw % at all times, anywhere, and for all game conditions
  • A Shooter through deliberate practice masters a simple, easy, seamless technique (set-shoot-follow through)
  • A Shooter believes in herself and believes in her shot
  • A Shooter knows the most important shot in basketball is the next one
  • A Shooter never worries or thinks about a previous miss
  • A Shooter wants the pressure shot
  • A Shooter is physically ready
  • A Shooter is mentally ready
  • A Shooter is on her toes and on the move
  • A Shooter is quick but never rushed
  • A Shooter is calm and poised
  • A Shooter shoots with purpose, control, and rhythm
  • A Shooter feels the shot and keeps it repeatedly simple and seamless
  • A Shooter knows her team’s offense
  • A Shooter studies and reads her opponent’s defense
  • A Shooter is always correctly positioned on the court and ready to strike
  • A Shooter finds her openings and scoring opportunities
  • A Shooter scores for her team
  • A Shooter knows when to pass to a teammate for a better shot

Great Shooters Practice…Practice…Practice


With God and a powerful dream, anything is possible!


This is a story about fear, courage, and most of all Faith.

A journey towards an unknown future.  A story of two parents willing to move heaven and earth to ease their daughter’s suffering.

Imagine waking up one morning and your arm won’t move!  Add to that excruciating pain and skin ice-cold to the touch.

Meet Candace Welch … one of my students.

Freak Injury

In January of 2016, Candace suffered an injury to her Brachial Plexus (nerves that run through the shoulder area) during an 8th grade basketball game.  While attempting to rebound a missed shot, her right arm was pulled backwards resulting in severely stretched nerves.

After the game, only a little soreness, but the next day something was terribly wrong. This was the beginning of an ordeal in which Candace faced the real possibility, at age 14, of NEVER being able to feel or use her arm again.

Journey Begins

First step, find a Neurologist that could provide answers and, more importantly, say the magic words, “Everything will be okay”.  After seeing five specialists across the State of Texas, those words never came.

Each appointment brought hope only to be told, “There’s really nothing we can do, but in 12-16 months your arm MIGHT heal itself”.  A few doctors even said, “You may never regain the use of your arm”.

After much pain, frustration, and anxiety a Godsend was found.  His name, Dr. Rahul Nath from Houston, TX. the first specialist that told Candace he could help and that she was a candidate for surgery.

At last, a sense of hope!

Faith and Action

Having Faith that everything will be alright is one thing.  Relentless pursuit for a solution is quite another.  Candace’s parents, Will and Brendy, never gave up and their actions were rewarded … big-time!

Surgery took place in May of 2016, and approximately 4.5 months after the injury, Candace slowly began feeling her arm followed by gradual increases in movement.

There were many difficult times throughout.  Frequently, the prescribed medications made Candace loopy, angry, and difficult to be around.  She was missing basketball, track, being with friends, and attending parties.  Some days, getting out of bed was simply too painful.

If Candace had decided to feel sorry for herself or become angry and bitter, no one would have blamed her.  Quite the opposite took place.  Her main concern was trying to figure out God’s purpose for her life and where she was being led.  In her heart … Jesus was in control.

After months of rehab, Candace regained full use of her arm!  This past season, she was a member of the 9th grade basketball team and played pain-free with no limitations.

Stop and Think

What about your own trials in life?  How do you handle them?  What keeps you going from one day to the next?

Let’s face it, we all have limitations or will in the future.  Mine is Fat Pad Atrophy a condition in which the padding on the soles of your feet disappear to the point where walking barefoot on any surface is impossible.

Worst case scenario … a wheelchair.  If that day comes, will I be as strong as Candace? Will my Faith guide the way or will self-pity be the norm?  Stay tuned …

Life Lesson

From beginning to end, Candace showed us how to exhibit strength, courage, and Faith during an extremely difficult time.

Her actions taught me to … Focus on what you CAN DO vs. what you can’t.

Despite pain and an uncertain future, Candace relied on God for strength and guidance. After the injury, she never looked back … only forward never sending out invitations to a pity party.

Will and Brendy did the same focusing solely on what they could do for Candace fueled by the Faith, courage, and strength of their amazing daughter!


To every parent willing to sacrifice and do anything to help your child … I salute you.

And to Candace … thank you for showing us how to have Faith and how to totally trust God in the face of a potential life altering situation.


With God and a powerful dream, anything is possible!



Conquering Fear

Below, are excerpts from an article written by Mac Engel a sports writer for the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram.

He interviews Jeff Banister, manager of the Texas Rangers, asking his thoughts on how to conquer fear.



By now you likely know that on his 16th birthday Banister was diagnosed with osteomyletis. It’s a form of cancer by bacteria that destroys the bone marrow.

After conquering that, he suffered a severe injury playing college baseball and was paralyzed from the neck down. He was told he would live in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Doctors feared a sudden movement from something as benign as a sneeze would kill him.

The original diagnosis included amputating his leg above the knee. Instead, he had seven surgeries in an 18-month span and saved his leg.

So I asked him what advice he would give a regular person who is struggling to do what they want, or conquer their fear.

It’s a long answer, but this is what Jeff Banister has to say to you:



“First of all it’s OK to be scared. That’s the No. 1 thing. We are so conditioned to think fear is something bad. The reality is fear is the alarm clock that says, ‘OK – it’s time for you to do something different. It’s a way for you to think differently.

And it’s OK. And then it becomes, ‘What’s the next second going to bring?’ Literally.’

“How can I manage to fight through whatever I’m fighting through the next second. People who don’t, who can’t get over, who can’t get beyond, they think about it in too big picture perspective. In my opinion. They think of the end well before they get there and they get discouraged. They just stop. You say, ‘Screw it – I’m not going to do it. Can’t do it. Takes too much energy. Feels too bad. There’s nobody here to help me.’

“There are a million excuses why not. For me, it was I got to the point where I was tired of feeling sorry for myself. Tired of asking, why? Tired of seeing people cry. Tired of hearing people say, ‘It’s going to OK.’ Well, it ain’t always going to be OK. There are (awful) days. Matter of fact, in the beginning there are going to be way more bad days than there are good days. But you are trying to overcome something.

“At some point you are going to have to face whatever — if it’s hail you are facing, how are you going to be tougher than hail? If it’s the unknown you are facing, then face the unknown. Let the unknown in. And know that everybody on the planet has fear, and is scared.

“It’s literally, ‘Next second. I am going to face the next second and survive. I’m going to face the next second and survive.’ I am going to challenge myself to be better than the last three seconds.

“Look, I got out of the hospital after the broken neck and I was sitting on the porch and I thought about all the days that I had literally just day dreamed about sunshine. Daydreamed about clouds. Daydreamed about birds. Playing catch. Seeing my friends. And I sat on that lawn chair in the front of my house, and none of those friends were there. They had other things to do. Sun was shining, clouds were bright and it all felt good but I felt sorry for myself because I was sitting there with a walker.

“And there was something that said, ‘Get the (bleep) up and go walk. Walk.’ One step. Next step. Third step. ‘Til I eventually found my way all around the block. I was scared to death I was going to fall. I was scared to death I wasn’t going to make it.

“We like to come up with excuses of why we feel fear when we shouldn’t do the things that we need to do in life. And then we just quit. We just stop. Survival is fear and then allowing that fear to drive you to the next step. Open the door.

“Every person has it in them. Sometimes we fear something and back off, and run away from it. You think there aren’t great people who stand on a stage, give great speeches that motivate people who aren’t scared to death that every word that comes out of their mouth that people are going to laugh because they stutter or misspoke?

“There are hitters in the game today that walk in the batter’s box that feel anxiety and fear. They don’t step out and say, ‘I can’t do this any more.’

“Stare down what you need to stare down. Put yourself in a place that allows you to be other than what you are 10 seconds ago.”


With God and a powerful dream, anything is possible!

If you shoot like Ray Allen, you are a Catapult Shooter!

For those that don’t know, Ray played 18 yrs. in the NBA for Milwaukee, Seattle, Boston, and Miami leaving his mark as one of the greatest shooters of all-time before retiring in 2014.

“No way Ray is a Catapult Shooter” … admit it, that thought entered your mind.


Seeing Is Believing

Time lapse photography allows us to see exactly what happens during high-speed action.

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Ray Allen

  • Frames 1, 2, and 3 show Ray in the process of taking the ball above his head where it momentarily stops before changing direction towards the basket
  • Frames 4, 5, and 6 show Ray’s upper arm REMAINING STILL as his forearm moves toward the basket resulting in full extension at the wrist snap … A True Catapult Action!


Comparing Techniques

This picture contrasts Steph Curry’s jump shot progression to Ray Allen’s above.

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Steph Curry

  • Frames 1 and 2 show Steph taking the ball up to his forehead area where it then starts on a path toward the basket without pausing or stopping
  • Frames 3, 4, 5, and 6 show Steph’s upper arm RISING as his forearm moves toward basket resulting in full extension at the wrist snap … A Pushing Action!


Both Work

Ray Allen and Steph Curry are fantastic shooters!  They get results using different methods:

  • Ray Allen stops the ball above his head resulting in a Catapult Action.  His forearm acts like a LEVER propelling the ball towards the basket while his upper arm REMAINS STILL.
  • Steph Curry takes the ball to his forehead resulting in a Pushing Action.  His upper arm and forearm WORK AS A UNIT propelling the ball UP and AT the basket.



Now that you know how to identify a Catapult Shooter, the question becomes … ARE YOU ONE?

If your upper arm action is like that of Ray Allen, then you fit into the Catapult category!  Perhaps you’re more like Steph Curry or maybe a hybrid of both?

Some don’t care for labels when it comes to identifying shooting styles, e.g., one-piece shot (Push Action) or two-piece shot (Catapult Action).  Instead, they focus more on general shooting principles as their guide.

No matter which way you lean, it’s important to understand how different techniques work.  With knowledge, you can better decide what fits your shooting philosophy.  That could involve taking principles from several techniques or it could mean shooting exactly like someone else.


With God and a powerful dream, anything is possible!

One Motion is growing!

I’m proud to announce the addition of Matt Garnett as the new Lead Certified Instructor for all upcoming One Motion Shooting Clinics.

He is presently the owner operator of  MG Basketball  which specializes in player development.  In addition to running a Skills Academy and hosting a fundamentals camp for boys & girls at Southwestern University, Matt will be the Associate Head Coach at Texas Wesleyan University (Sooner Athletic Conference) this coming season.

Follow this link to learn more of Matt’s background:  Matt Garnett

The future looks bright as we plan to conduct Shooting Clinics across Texas and beyond plus allow coaches to become Certified One Motion Instructors capable of hosting their own Clinics.

I’m looking forward to working with Matt as he’s an outstanding clinician with a genuine love for teaching!


With God and a powerful dream, anything is possible! 

We All Have One

Competitive passionate individuals have egos!

It doesn’t matter one’s age, occupation, or background … being good at what you do is the driving force towards excellence.

With success comes recognition which in turn feeds the ego.  Next comes the need for validation and self-worth through the prism of “being the best”.  After that, comes the practice of comparing yourself to others in your chosen field.

Can anyone relate?  I certainly can … guilty as charged is my plea!


Back on January 15, 2015 I posted an entry titled, “PART I:  Agree to Disagree” (scroll down to read the entire post in order to fully understand this entry).   

My goal then was to be “recognized” as worthy of a seat at the discussion table with Pro Shot Shooting System.  That desire was ego driven pure and simple!

Pro Shot and One Motion have shooting philosophies that are polar opposites. They see black and I see white when looking at the same thing … just the way it is.

Lesson Learned

In reality, we don’t need a seat at anyone else’s table!

It took far too long to arrive at this conclusion because of my ego and being naturally hard headed, but fortunately I did.

We all have our “own table” meaning God gave us a unique set of skills.  Instead of focusing on the success and talents of others or on the silly notion of who’s right and who’s wrong, let’s focus on maximizing our own God given talents.  That is the best route and it keeps us from falling down the “rabbit hole” described in Alice in Wonderland.

In the end, my goal is to be seated at God’s table.

With that said, the book is closed on comparing One Motion to Pro Shot or any other shooting system.  May they all prosper by helping players become better shooters.

That’s what it’s all about … using your talents to help others!


With God and a powerful dream, anything is possible!



“When it comes to shooting a basketball, arm & wrist angles are more important than you might think!  More than likely you’ve never given this topic much thought.”


Breakthrough Basketball was kind enough to post an article on their website that I recently wrote.

After reading (click the link below), you’ll have a better understanding of the overall Shooting Process that various techniques employ.

Developing a quick/smooth release really does come down to arm & wrist angles!  


The Overlooked Importance Of Arm & Wrist Angles



With God and a powerful dream; anything is possible!

A parent, one that understands how to act in the stands during a game, read the previous post (Coaching From The Stands) and sent the following…it really hits the mark!


A mom is making eggs for her teenage boy for breakfast, as he walks in:

“Mom, don’t burn them!  Careful!  Careful!  Don’t mess up, don’t let them burn.  You are going to mess up.  Be careful!  CAREFUL!”

Finally the mom snaps:

“I know what to do.  I’ve cooked eggs before!”

Boy responds:

“I know mom, I was just trying to show you what it’s like when I’m playing basketball.”


With God and a powerful dream; anything is possible!

Jeff Haefner, co-owner of Breakthrough Basketball,  has a coaching blog and recently he submitted a post titled:

 “Why Coaching From Stands Causes Confusion – And How To Stop Parents From Doing It”.

This is well worth the read as we’ve all seen over zealous parents shouting instructions from the stands.  It’s counter productive to the child and this post along with a video explains how to stop parents from doing it.


With God and a powerful dream; anything is possible!