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Kobe Bryant Shooting Form: How To Shoot Like Kobe Bryant


Want to learn how to shoot like Kobe Bryant? 

Want to discover the secrets to how Kobe shoots, so you can mimic his shooting strategy?

If you want to understand Kobe Bryant's genius when it comes to shooting...

You've come to the perfect place!

We heard all your comments on which player's shooting form breakdown you'd like to see...

Which is why in our newest video post, we did an in depth analysis of Kobe Bryant's shooting form.

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SHOOTING STANCE


Let's begin with looking at Kobe's shooting stance...​

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You will most often see Kobe shooting with a wide base.

And he usually has his knees pointing inwards.


ALIGNMENT


Kobe leads with his shooting side.

This means that because he shoots with his right hand, his right shoulder, hip, and foot will be further in front than his left side.

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When he shoots, his shooting shoulder, elbow, and hip are aligned.

His forearm is slightly bent towards his shooting eye.

He creates this alignment before he shoots by slightly turning his feet towards his non shooting side.

He is right handed so he turns his feet slightly to the left.

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Kobe takes a lot of difficult shots where sometimes, his shooting or dominant side, is facing away from the basket.

When this happens, he turns while he is in the air to bring his shooting shoulder forward.

And only releases the ball once his shooting side is aligned towards the net.


THE DIP


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Off the pass, Kobe dips the ball to his waist before rising up to shoot.

There is no need for him to dip the ball off the dribble because he is already low and ready to shoot.


THE SETPOINT


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Kobe’s set point is much higher and further back than most players. At his set point, the middle of the ball is directly above his head.

His elbow is about at forehead level and the ball is above his right eye.

Because his elbow is already so high, when he shoots, he is pushing the ball more forward than upward, which gives him less arc on his shot.

Kobe gets a lot of elevation on his shot and is considered to be a two motion shooter.

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This means that he has a significant pause in his shot before pushing the ball forward.

You can see here that he doesn’t start pushing the ball towards the net until he is already in the air. And releases right at the peak of his jump.

Even though he’s a two motion shooter with a high set point, he still reaches his setpoint before his feet leave the ground.


HAND POSITION


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Kobe tries to keep a gap between the basketball and his palm when he shoots.

He places his hand on top of the ball and spreads out his index and middle finger.

If you look closely here, you can see him spreading out his index and middle finger to make a wide V.


THE RELEASE


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Kobe dominates with his index finger.

You can see here that his index finger goes down the most, while the other three fingers stay up.


THE FOLLOW THROUGH


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Because Kobe's elbow starts off at forehead level, after he releases, his arm is straight and his elbow is very high above his head.


THE OFF HAND


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He brings his off hand very close to his shooting hand so that his two thumbs make a T.

He starts to remove his off hand as he begins to extend his shooting arm.


SHOULDERS & FEET


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Kobe’s shoulders go back on his shot.

So while he is in the air, this causes his feet to sweep forward.

The shoulder’s swaying back and the feet sweeping forward, is what the guys at Pro Shot call the sweep and sway.


THE EYES


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Kobe keeps his eyes on the rim for the whole shot.

His eyes are locked on the target until the ball goes in.

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