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Shooting a free throw is a multi-step process which combines both technique and practice to produce a game winning foul shot How often do you see a free throw on Sports Center Can you remember the time when a shot from the charity stripe has made an arena go wild Most likely not The highlight reel is usually reserved for the soaring dunks the three pointers from downtown or the crazy no-look pass What most people dont realize is that the free throw is the most important aspect simply because it can make or break the game IThe first step to shooting a successful free throw is to have your body square to the basket AThe positioning of the feet or the stance varies from player to player iSome players prefer to have both feet even on the foul line iiOther players like to offset their stance to create more of a straight line with the shot BKeeping the shoulders square also helps to keep the shot straight IIThe next step in making free throws consistently is the pre-shot ritual and grip on the ball AThe pre-shot ritual what the player does EVERY time heshe steps to the line iSome people have a lengthy pre-shot ritual maybe consisting of a spin several bounces and occasionally some ridiculous hand or face gesture with special meaning Jason Kidd iiSome players will simply catch the ball from the referee and shoot the shot immediately to take away from the mental pressure of the shot Matt Sayman BThe grip on the ball is generally the same with the fingertips lining up along the seams of the ball to create a perfect backspin IIIThe final step in perfecting your free throw is the knee bend and wrist snap and follow-through AEvery good free throw shooter has to bend their knees because the power and upward thrust of the shot comes from the legs BThe wrist snap makes sure
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