When players start to experience a mid season shooting slump they usually look for any possible flaws in their mechanics.
They check their shoulders, their elbows, their feet and their fingers. One thing they hardly ever check is their head!
Here is what Thomas Emma, President of Power Performances has to say about a shooter’s head:
Too much head movement can drastically hinder shooting accuracy by causing the shooter to
lose balance and focus. This shooting defect is a common problem for athletes at all levels of play from junior high school on up through the professional ranks.
When shooting it is imperative for the shooter to keep the head stationary. Even the slightest head tilt can be enough to send an otherwise perfectly aimed shot awry. Coaches should consistently be on the lookout for players who move their heads when shooting because it is very difficult for a shooter to detect this subtle flaw in shooting form on his or her own.
If you find yourself in a shooting slump and all your other shooting mechanics seem to be “normal” try taking a look to see if your head is moving.
Have your coach help you or have a friend or parent record a short video while you are going through a shooting workout.
Once the problem is recognized it becomes much easier to fix.