Two-Handed Set Shot
Until the invention of the jump shot (ca. 1940) the most-used shot in basketball was the two-handed set shot. Among the greatest executors of this shot were Bobby McDermott, Eddie Sailor and Dick Kinder.
To shoot a two-handed set shot:
- In the set position, his feet were spaced and aligned for balance and comfort. (Each player should determine the foot position that gives the most confidence and then use that position for similar shots.)
- The important thing is to feel relaxed and mobile.
- The weight is on the balls of the feet, heels resting lightly on the floor, both knees flexed, upper body slightly forward from the waist, and back straight.
- With the fingers spread wide, the thumbs and little fingers on the same line, and thumbs close together to the rear.
- Hold the ball comfortably in the fingertips of both hands about a foot in front of the body, slightly below chin level.
- The elbows are held fairly close to the body. The head is stationary and erect, with the eyes fixed on the target. (Eye concentration on the target is essential.)
- The execution is a simultaneous thrust with both arms and legs, rising from the heels and locking the knees and elbows, giving a flick with the wrists and fingers in the direction of the basket, imparting a slight backspin to the ball.
- The follow-through is a continuation of the inward and downward rotation of the thumbs, leaving the hands declined slightly at the wrists, the palms turned outward.