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09 Sep

The Ultimate Guide on how to shoot the Perfect Basketball jump shot

This guide is for any basketball player aspiring to become a marksman shooter. Whether you’re a kid youth basketball player, a high school or college athlete serious about going pro or the casual pick-up player, the goal is continuous improvement. Your shooting will never be perfect but you can work to perfect your stroke. You just need to commit to a legit Wilson Evolution Indoor Game 29.5 Men’s basketball and 24/7 access to a gym or park. You need to practice day and night if you want to see big leaps of progress. This guide shows you exactly how to become a professional marksman.


Types of shots

Characteristics of assassin shooters and scorers

Short and long-term Habit Changes

Continuous Improvement Principles

The Types of Basketball Shots & Picking your Spots

Location matters more than distance.

There are 5 spots on the court we’ll cover as well as the various types of shots (field goals) players pick and choose from.

Point blank range, short range, mid range, long range and deep range.

Layups, post shots, bank shots, jump shots, free throws, long 2s and 3 pointers.

Each spot on the floor carries risk and reward equally, this guide does not assume close up shots – due to their high percentage accuracy – are better than long range shots. Ultimately, the quality of the shot is determined by your level of focus, confidence,  stamina and mechanics at any given point in the game.

How comfortably and confidently you get a shot off is more important than where you shoot from. As you aspire to become a marksman, remember that you will miss over and over, that will never change. You can’t let that dissuade you. Be prepared to shoot every shot the same and forget both the misses and makes quickly.

The only way to build comfort and increase confidence is to never stop shooting. In practice after a few hundred jump shots. In games you struggle vs a tough defender or struggle, period.

It’s simple. In individual shoot around sessions, in practice, in exhibition games, in regulation games and in playoff games, you’re presented with different challenges and pressures. However, one thing that doesn’t change is the physics of a jump shot. Whether it’s a layup, free throw or a long jumper, you need to spot up, eye the rim, get in your regular form, release the shot and follow through full-circle.

You need to be ready in any one of these scenarios to shoot with confidence. The goal of this guide is fundamental in nature. It focuses mostly on individual shootarounds. This is because I’m a firm believer of thoughts and habits. The more you align your focus and your mechanics, the better you perform. The best way to improve your muscle memory and your mechanics is by dominating individual shoot-arounds.

When trying any system or training to improve your shooting ability, always pick a spot or area on the court you want to master and the type of shot(s).

By choosing, you only improve your shot selection AND you have a baseline to measure your progress against. Once you master a shot spot/type, move to the next area and repeat. Read this post on basketball shooting drills. Your ball is your partner, go get a good one. I suggest the rock I’ve played with for the last 8 or 9 years – the Wilson Evolution Men’s Indoor Game Basketball (29.5).

Now let’s talk about the make up of a marksman. What makes a marksman different from the average and garbage shooters?

My favorite shooting drill is simple. To shoot jump shots from as close up as possible. You know, the dotted line around the rim. I’m not talking about layups. I’m talking about jump shots, with mighty arc and strong flicks of the wrist. This is a much tougher shot than it looks. If you really want to improve your close, mid, long range jump shooting, start from within. Shoot as many of those as possible. It develops form and perfects muscle memory. Once you get the form, flick and follow through right, go further out and adjust the power in your jump and in your release accordingly.

Characteristics of assassin shooters and scorers

Not all shooters are scorers and not all scorers are shooters but the one thing they both share an incredible ability to put the ball in the basket. Michael Jordan was an average shooter early on, but he realized how important it was to have an accurate stroke so he devoted thousands of hours to improvement. And well, you know the rest of that story.

Steph Curry, Ray Allen, Dirk Nowitzki, Reggie Miller, Steve Kerr. They all play different positions and play different roles but their shooting ability is world-class. It’s a specialty. Each specialist carries a common set of character traits rooted in excellence.

Sharp shooters pursue excellence. They shoot harder and smarter than everybody else. They don’t settle for good, they chase greatness with work ethic. It doesn’t matter what level you play at or how better others are than you, the point is you need to simply focus on being better than yourself. Keep raising your own bar so you don’t settle for being just an average shooter.

Sharp shooters shoot with the same form. Over decades, millions (yes, millions. Do the math.) of shot attempts sharpen their muscle memory with each repetition. As you seek to improve, don’t just track makes/misses. Observe your mechanics start to finish and be mindful of your state of mind. Did you follow through? Did you give enough arc? Did you remember to focus on the center of the rim/hoop as you release your shot? Did you adjust your strength and trajectory for body position and momentum? What were you thinking about as you shot? Were you scared? Did you get distracted? What could you do better on the next attempt?

Gradual improvements lie in these details, which most players are not willing to focus on, perpetually.

Sharp shooters understand their sweet spots and they practice patience. The ability to shoot out lights doesn’t carry them away into jacking up 30 shots per game. (And yes, Steph Curry – the inevitable Ray Allen record-breaker – is a worthy exception). Coaches and teammates give them the green light to shoot at will, but the sharp shooter understands dumb shots from smart shots. He lulls defenders to sleep, picks his spots, gets the rock and launches without hesitation.

Sharp shooters are gym whores. They get in the gym earlier and leave later than most players because shooting is a numbers game. What separates extraordinary shooters from the ordinary is the number of shots they put up. Throughout their life, this number can add up to over a million shots. Record-breaking shooters, with their robust work ethic, shoot more because they know how to increase their overall capacity of attempts.

The younger you start, the higher your capacity. The longer the hours in the gym, the higher the capacity.

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Most players frankly just don’t think it’s worth their time to chase shot perfection. This is your advantage. Be unlike most players.

Sharp shooters are students of the game. They’re always learning and thinking of old and new ways to shoot more creatively and efficiently. Kobe and Lebron go to Hakeem after winning titles in the offseason. DRose locked himself in a Cali gym during the summer of Lebron and won MVP.  After losing in the 2006 Finals, Dirk renewed his focus on scoring and capitalized on a second opportunity. The new Dirk shot 49% FG, 46% from 3 point FGs and 94% from the FT line.

Sharp shooters and clutch scorers are never out of the game. The best shooters will and do have *off *nights on which they struggle. Badly. Still, somehow they’re able to make shots in the clutch time after time again because they ‘forget’ all the misses. The next opportunity they get, they take it with confidence and redeem themselves.

Sharp shooters become naturals in performing when it matters most. Elite shooters and scorers rely heavily on their preparation in crunch time.

Sharp shooters shoot the ball, fundamentally. Even if their shot technique and form looks different from that of other fundamental shooters. Even with they take the shots of great difficulty. Mediocre players get too fancy and too cute with their shots. They’re the ones who get overly happy when they make and dramatically frustrated when they miss. Don’t be that guy or girl.

If you want to be a sharp shooter, find inspiration from the elite and go to work. By inspiration, I mean learn from their on-court and off-the-court habits, their demeanor and from their strengths and weaknesses. Study them deeper than your opponent does and go to work. Test everything. Challenge their ideas and find better answers.

By now, you understand the importance of habits and thoughts. Let’s go over how you can become a better shooter by developing effective habits and destroying the silent bad ones.

The Habits of Highly Effective Shooters

One of the highest selling books in the business world is “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. It sold over 40 million copies and was listed in ‘The 25 Most Influential Business/Management books’ by Time Magazine for its’ simple, practical advice which not only applies in business, but life in general. It applies to sports too – especially basketball – because every player and person is a creature of habit. If you really care to explore how habits influence our life, read the Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and business.

Here are the 7 Habits from Covey’s book, as applied to basketball shooting.

1) Be proactive.

As a player, you need to be proactive in your approach to shooting. Only you know what your goals and values are – both in basketball and in life – so think about the importance of effective jump shooting. Are you serious enough to take responsibility for your actions and consequences? Will become a better jump shooter take your game to the levels you wish to attain?

Before you jump into any program, ask these tough questions and be brutally honest with yourself. Ask friends, family and/or coaches to give advice. If you’re truly passionate about long-term domination, you’ll develop a natural and proactive approach to the way you train. Being constantly proactive trains the mind and kills laziness and procrastination.

2) Begin with end in mind.

Again, think about your goals. If you’re in high school, how do you see yourself as a player in college and beyond? Do you see yourself playing professionally, casually or in-between? What about when you grow older and have family?

If you don’t know what the future holds, ask yourself: if you invest in the game, will you be happy with the results, even if life doesn’t go the way you planned?

I knew that I would never play college or NBA ball, but I’ve always felt that basketball habits would benefit me both on and off the court. Years of playing, learning and growing from the game of basketball confirms this to be true. The investment pays dividends continuously at basketball, at work and at home for me.

For me and for professional shooters, there is no end in mind. I strive to improve my shooting throughout the different stages of life. This is how I can stay forever young. If I can shoot the ball the rest of my life, I know I will have lived meaningfully.

3) Put first things first.

What is your greatest weakness, as a jump shooter or as a player? How do you turn it into a strength? Where is the greatest opportunity for improvement?

One of Michael Jordan’s greatest weaknesses out of college was a weak jump shot. He prioritized it, went to work and well, the rest is history. He finished with career averages of 50% FG, a respectable 33% 3-point shooting and 85% free throw shooting. Lebron James continues to do the same today as shooting has always been a weakness for him.

Get honest feedback from a coach or trainer. Instead of focusing on 5 different things, find the most critical and get in the gym.

4) Think win-win.

Don’t just think about yourself and your game. Think about your team and your coach’s system. How can you improve your game so that both you and your team(s) benefit?

This is an extremely important question because in basketball, shooting is often associated with selfishness. Scoring is exciting so it’s easy for a good shooter to believe all he needs to do is jack up shots. In 21 or 32, it’s fine. In real games, it’s not. You’ll hurt yourself and your team because the goal isn’t to take more shots, it’s to take and make better shots.

In games and in practice, think about how each shot helps/hurts your team’s chances at winning. A smart shooter who takes less frequent, but great shots helps his team more than a great shooter who takes too many questionable shots.

5). Seek first to understand, then to be understood.

In other words, understand the game first before you decide the type of shooter and player you wish to become. Every shootaround, practice, game is different when you consider all the environmental factors such as team chemistry, game tempo, the competition, etc.

The best players ‘let the game come to them’ and strike when they see the opportunity. So observe everything you possibly can about your own game and the game of basketball in general.

Shooters should understand what type of shots the coach encourages and discourages. Smart shooters understand the role of teammates and gel in accordingly. Smart shooters understand their point guard’s ability or inability to get him/her the ball in sweet spots. Smart shooters understand what they need to do on-ball and off-the-ball to keep the offense flowing. Shooters should understand the defensive spacing. When you regularly observe these nuances, you become an instinctive, reactive player who uses the game ‘settings’ to get off quality shots.

Most players egoistically impose their will on teammates and try to get them to center their game around him/her. This is how even the purest of scorers – like Kobe and Melo – cause team friction and chemistry issues.

6). Synergize.

As you become better at observing your court surroundings, you routinely start understanding your teammates’ strengths and weaknesses. The more you understand, the more you appreciate, the better you can complement each other. The most successful teams aren’t the ones that have the best shooters, but rather the ones that have a combination of good passers, rebounders, defenders, scorers, glue guys like Shane Battier, etc.

When you synergize, you increase your own potential and your overall team’s potential. You make others better and your competition nervous.

The 2013 Bulls have been incredibly successful, relative to their pre-season expectations, because they’ve been able to synergize and make the most of each other’s strengths. The 2013 Lakers on the other hand, due to injuries and a lack of synergy, underachieved.

Synergy builds character and trust in each player and it is incredibly contagious. International players overall lack the athleticism that American athletes possess, but they focus more on synergy and therefore, end up seeing tremendous success. When the USA Men’s national team plays European/South American international teams in Olympics, we often struggle even though we have the best athletes in the world. We win most of the time, but don’t expect 30-40 point blowouts against the elite teams.

Synergy is one of the most transferable skills you can adopt, in basketball, in school and in life.

7). Sharpen the saw.

As you continue to progress and get better, it’s important you not only maintain your newly acquired skills but that you continue to raise the bar and push your own limits. You can bet your competitors are so never be satisfied. Do whatever you can to improve. Don’t chase perfection, as that’ll only lead to frustration. Instead pursue excellence by trying to be better today than you were yesterday.

For shooters, continue to ramp up your shooting training. Keep working to improve your accuracy and shot count. But don’t stop there. As you age, complement your shooting training with physical and mental training. Check out Lumosity and work on brain training exercises to sharpen your focus. Strengthen your arms, shoulders, core and legs. Work on your off-hand shooting, dribbling, pump faking and ball handling. All these small pieces add up and give you incredible competitive advantage.

Bad habits hurt your game and they hurt your team. Fancy passes, over-dribbling, lazy defense, failure to box out. These are common habits that destroy player and team morale. For shooters, bad habits include overshooting, taking bad shots, changing form constantly, practicing shots you can’t simulate in real games.

Some habit change are effortless, while others require more dedication, but the results of successful habit change pay off big time.

8) Know your Friend and Enemy.

The internet is both your friend and enemy. It finds information that solves problems to help you live better. It’s a source of inspirational  and interesting stories. Same with the TV especially during the winter months. Computers, TVs, tablets, phones and all other screens and machines are tools that have proven effective in turning humans into lifeless tools. They drain your brain, make you lazier, kill your time and keep you from achieving your important goals in work, in sports and in life. Be suspicious of these silent killers.


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You have 2 brains. There’s the human brain which inspires excellence and then there’s the lizard brain – a self-defense mechanism – which inspires fear. Your human and lizard brains are also your friend and enemy because at any point, you can choose to destroy one with the other. Pick wisely.

The lizard brain has the right intention – to shield you from harm – but it has no right to impose its’ will on you. Fear is real but it can be channeled and controlled so it doesn’t prevent you from achieving your goals.

**Bonus Tip:** Find your voice, listen and act.

The more you commit to basketball, the louder your inner voice becomes. It’s the voice that hints you to push harder, to play smarter, to keep your composure and to ball fearlessly. Every player has this voice guiding them but most choose not to listen. They’re too busy blaming others, too busy talking trash to opponents, too busy showing off. Your game will only go so far if you focus on the trivial.

Instead, find your voice, listen and act. You will go farther in basketball.

Why your best efforts at Habit change fail and how you can overcome

The brain fascinates me with its’ ability to learn new habits. It’s crazy. Bad habits – like become a Facebook addict – form so quietly and effortlessly. On the other hand, good habits – such as training regularly – are much harder to develop even with strong willpower.

That’s a good thing. If it’s hard to do, you’re on the right track. You’re not the only player who faces habit challenges. Everyone does. The players who take the challenges head on and push through these self-imposed limits by the lizard brain excel more than others. Get yourself an Evolution basketball and go to work. You’ll eventually overcome the anxiety.

Your lizard brain is pre-conditioned to steer you away from fear, pain and discomfort. It makes you procrastinate, it discourages you, it distracts you from doing real work with cat pictures, Facebook updates and reality TV. The lizard brain doesn’t value these things more than your human brain, it just seems them as easier and safer.

It’s clear to see how the lizard brain can form bad habits and hurt a scorer’s game. It can force you to chuck long contested jumpers instead of driving for easier buckets. It can prevent you from taking physical contact when going up for layups. It can paralyze your decision making in crunch-time. It makes you take shortcuts, it makes you lazy, it makes excuses and it ultimately makes you a weaker player than you actually are.

When you try to form new, meaningful habits, the lizard brain fires up excuses to stop you at all cost. Here’s a list of the most common excuses. Fortunately, each one has a solution and it’s only a matter of willpower and persistence to put the lizard brain back to sleep.

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If you really want to learn how to shoot a basketball perfectly, follow Ray Allen’s advice.

You can also view the powerpoint deck on Slideshare for more basketball shooting tips.

  • 1. Basketball Shooting Tips To learn more about basketball shooting, training and equipment, visit
    2. What NOT to do – Stop renewing your form Stop taking dumb shots, Stop taking too many shots
    3. Better Shootaround Sessions &Productive Practice. Take a lot of close-up shots from point blank range (low post)
    4. Better Shootaround Sessions &Productive Practice. Shoot with both hands for increased comfort levels with your dominant hand
    5. Better Shootaround Sessions &Productive Practice. Turn off the lights and shoot in the dark.
    6. Better Shootaround Sessions &  Productive Practice. Follow Through! Just because the shot is released doesn’t mean your arms should stop. Use the Shooting Arm Bandit for better technique and form.
    7. Better Shootaround Sessions & Productive Practice. Master the mid-range
    8. Better Shootaround Sessions & Productive Practice. Dribble intensely with both hands before,during and after shootarounds
    9. Better Shootaround Sessions & Productive Practice. Run laps, suicides,sprints in betweens hots to emulate real game environment
    10. Better Shootaround Sessions & Productive Practice. Don’t rely excessively on your legs. Use your fingers, wrists, elbows, triceps and shoulders.
    11. Better Shootaround Sessions & Productive Practice. Use a shooting training aid like the Shooting ArmBandit to increase muscle memory.
    12. Better Shootaround Sessions & Productive Practice. Use heavy balls and larger basketballs for easier handling of regulation basketball
    13. Better Shootaround Sessions & Productive Practice. Take shots you normally take in games. Jumpers, layups, bank shots, floaters.
    14. Better Shootaround Sessions & Productive Practice “Air” ball shots without the basketball in your hands to sharpen form. You can try this at home.
    15. Better Shootaround Sessions & Productive Practice Use the Pro-fender( portable mannequins) to contest jump shots.
    16. How to Shoot a Basketball in games like a Pro
    17. Focus on the center of the rim.
    18. Shoot the same shot everytime. Even if you’re struggling.
    19. Get the ball in your favorite spots.
    20. Shoot instinctively. Don’t think. Just shoot the best way you know how.
    21. Don’t rush to get your shots. Get your teammates involved and they’ll involve you. Better chemistry improves your marksmanship.
    22. Don’t let your competition get in your head. Keep calm and shoot away.
    23. Get layups. If not, get to the line. Be a triple threat.
    24. Learn more about shooting and improving your jump shot accuracy.

More to come on the following topics:

Continuous Improvement Principles

Training Techniques & Fundamental Tips

NBA Case Studies – Noah

Coach Insights

Tools (Checklist), Resources & Equipment

Basketball Shooting Tip for shooting from farther range

18 Jul

If you want a drill that will drastically improve your jump shot, just try this one.

Shoot from within. Repeat x1000 each session.

That dotted arc at point-blank range – from 2-5 feet away from the rim – that’s the money spot. I don’t mean layups. I mean shots, jump shots and stationary. They’re not as easy as you think and they’re more helpful than you could ever imagine. Those areas will help you develop your form – from the catch, the grip, the raise, the backward extension, the forward extension, the release, the follow through. You’ll analyze your shot with a microscope as you take these shots, something you can’t do from mid-long range.

Try to increase your arc to a point, where you’re not only making shots, but you’re swishing them without even touching rim. All net.

Then you’ll slowly realize that the mid-range and long-range will come much easier. Most people start from outside and continue to go further out. If you’re smart, you’ll go up close.

If you struggle knocking down shots, and have one of those off games, get layups, short jumpers and free throws and regain your form.

How They Shoot and Score the Basketball: SN, SC, KD, TD & RA

16 Jul

How to Shoot a Basketball like a pro…

Shoot the Rock like Durant, Curry, Novak, Duncan and Allen

These are 5 types of shooters/scorers that each have their own way of putting the ball in the basket.

Kevin Durant is a pure scorer, meaning he can shoot from almost anywhere on the court in any manner: catch and shoot, off-the-dribble, in the post, fadeaways, twisting layups, towering dunks, laserlike free throw shooting, you name it. While he has weaknesses in his offense, very few can score and shoot the ball as efficiently as Kevin Durant can.

Steve Novak is a pure catch and shoot player. Besides that, his scoring ability is limited, at best. But when he does catch the ball and he has even an inch of breathing room, it’s a safe bet he’s going to nail the long shot.

Tim Duncan  – TD is one of the most fundamental scorers and shooters. He use his feet, his hands and his head each possession. His fakes, his use of both hands accurately and his tremendous footwork all are impossible to defend, even as he ages. His backboard shot from the midrange to low-post area is unstoppable and 15 years in the league, he just shot a career high FT percentage.

Ray Allen – While Ray is a great catch-and-shoot scorer from long range, he also has the ability to put the ball on the floor and drive for a midrange pull up or a layup. His free throw shooting is consistently over 90%. Ray Allen’s art is in his shooting stroke, which is one of the most fluid releases from start to finish we have ever seen. That repetition and form is the reason he has the #1 most 3pt FGs made.

..That record won’t last, however.

Steph Curry won’t allow it. He already has a huge lead over Ray Allen in their first 4 years in the league. While Ray avg’ed 1.7 3s made per 4.3 attempts (38.8%), Steph Curry averaged 2.5 out of 5.6 (44.6%). Curry has 644 3s made vs Allen’s 497, even though Curry’s only played in 258 games while Ray played in 295 at the end of their first 4 year marks. (Basketball reference:

Curry’s confidence and stroke are on the up and up and it’ll be nearly impossible to guard him in the pick and roll. He just broke Ray Allen’s most 3s in a season record with 272 3s. If he stays healthy, he’s projected to have a landslide margin between himself and Ray Allen in the next 15 years.

Learn how to shoot the rock like some of these deadly shooters and scorers at

If you want to shoot like Kevin Durant, start shooting for hours at the gym, working on a variety of shots. Start with your sweet spots and continue building up accuracy from there. Emulate in-game shots. Practice shooting off-the-dribble, shooting with the off-hand, shooting fadeaways, shooting free throws, shooting 3s, shooting shots from the post. If you want to shoot and score like KD, you have a lot of work to do. For years and years and years to come.

If you want to shoot like Steph Curry, perfect the 3 point stroke. Easier said than done. Focus on the spot up, catch-and-shoot 3s at first. Then take one-dribble pull up shots from beyond the arc. If it’s to difficult to get the shot off, start from within, like at the mid-range level. Get the release memorized and then shoot from further out. Use the Spalding heavy, weighted basketball to help you strengthen your arms and ease your release. Do your best to arc on the release.

If you want to shoot like Steve Novak, perfect the catch and shoot, spot up shots. Use the Shooting Arm Bandit to help you develop a fixed release from start to finish and over time, with thousands of reps, you will develop a fluid shot you can consistently rely on. Even on off-nights.

If you want to shoot like Ray Allen, do the same. Try the SKLZ Essentials 3-in-1 kit, the SKLZ Ball Return Trainer System and the ZFO Sports Adjustable weighted vest to not only help you with your shot, but to also help you develop quickness and strength to help you penetrate for mid-range pullups, layups and/or kickouts to the open man. The vest comes in handy for those who particularly need to shoot at the height of their jump. In game, the worst thing that can happen to a shooter is that he ‘loses his legs’ and can’t find his shot.

If you want to shoot like Tim Duncan, learn to shoot off the backboard. Work some moves in the post. Left-to-right. Right-to-left. Pump fakes. Head fakes. Eyebrow fakes. Shoulder shakes. With Tim Ducan, it’s not how hard the shots he makes are, it’s how hard he works to create those open looks for himself. He’s not the most athletic or quick player, not anymore anyway, so he has to rely on fundamentals.

It’ll also help if you had a reliable ball to depend on. Of course, you know, my favorite one remains to be the Wilson Evolution Indoor 29.5 Game Basketball.

Best Portable Basketball Goals

16 Jul

Best Portable Basketball Goals Overview

Portable basketball Goals range in pricing from under $100 to over $2,000. Some of the top brands that you can trust are Lifetime, Huffy, Spalding, SKLZ, Franklin, SA Gear. Common size options of the backboards are 32″, 42″, 44″, 48″, 50″, 52″, 54″ and 60″. If you choose from our partners, you may find some sellers offer free shipping and various guarantees/warranties. Please check site terms, conditions, pricing options and reviews before making an investment. While a basketball portable Goals is an ideal investment with priceless returns, it can be expensive. If you read our reviews, you can make safe bet investments.

Best Lifetime Portable Basketball Goals

Lifetime Portable Basketball Goals come in various shapes such as fan board or the standard rectangular/squared. They are built to be stable base, easy to adjust (adjustable), easy to set up and some are even weather proof, made of excellent quality. They can be used for tournaments, practice facilities, commercial use, residential use, school use or for outdoor parks. They come in a range of 32-60 inches backboards. Their material can be made up of acrylic, composite, glass, polycarbonate or polyethelene.

Their prices range from under $100 to over $2,000.

Best Lifetime Youth Portable Basketball Goals

Lifetime Youth Portable Basketball Goals come in various shapes such as fan board or the standard rectangular/squared. They are built to be stable base, easy to adjust (adjustable), easy to set up and some are even weather proof, made of excellent quality. They can be used for tournaments, practice facilities, commercial use, residential use, school use or for outdoor parks. They come in a range of 32-60 inches backboards. Their material can be made up of acrylic, composite, glass, polycarbonate or polyethelene.

Their prices range from under $100 to over $2,000.

Cheap Portable Basketball Goals

Here are some of the cheaper Portable Basketball Goal options, which come in various shapes such as fan board or the standard rectangular/squared. They are built to be stable base, easy to adjust (adjustable), easy to set up and some are even weather proof, made of excellent quality. They can be used for tournaments, practice facilities, commercial use, residential use, school use or for outdoor parks. They come in a range of 32-60 inches backboards. Their material can be made up of acrylic, composite, glass, polycarbonate or polyethelene.

You can get an affordable, yet excellent, portable basketball Goal for between $200-$500.

Top Outdoor Portable Basketball Goals

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It’s also important to consider who will be playing most of the basketball on the Goals and for what purpose. If you want a Goals for your kids to simply shoot around, go with a lower-priced model from $100-$300. On the other hand, if you have a larger driveway or court area to play on and you want to allow for competitive games, go with something sturdier and of higher quality so you get the most bang for your buck over a long period of time. Depending on the height and strength of the users of the basketball Goals, make sure it’s adjustable and easy enough to move around if you go with a portable option.

Nets are also important to having a great Goals. Get nets that make crisp swishes, but not ones that are too light because they will rip in just weeks or months and you’ll need a new replacement. Make sure it’s tightly fitted and allows you to focus on the basketball without distraction.