Basketball Throw Form

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  1. jarvin

    jarvin Member

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    Curious how some of you guys throw the ball. I'm really struggling with my throw and my scores are pretty inconsistent. I throw at a range of 50 - 75. On average I will throw mid 60's. I know that my form is probably my problem. I just wanted to know how some of you guys approach this portion of the test. Anyways thanks.
     
  2. bsa07eagle

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    I have the same question. It just kind of clumsily falls out of my hand when I through it. I really need some help, especially in that area. I also probably average around 60, but it is very inconsistent.

    Later,

    Brian
     
  3. jarvin

    jarvin Member

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    Yeah I feel you. I know that it's not my shoulder strength. I just can't get down the momentum for the throw and like you eagle, the ball slips as well when I try to incorporate my lower back for more momentum.
     
  4. bsa07eagle

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    My hands aren't really big so I can't palm the ball (not many people can I guess), but it is kind of hard to figure out how to use your upper body as a type of catapult.

    Later,

    Brian
     
  5. flyersboy114

    flyersboy114 USAFA Cadet

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    lean back and twist your body. When you go to throw thrust your body forward as fast as you can. Also practice practice practice
     
  6. vampsoul

    vampsoul Candidate

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    Eh, the basketball throw and I do not get along. I cannot grip a man's basketball, so it always rolls off the tips of my fingers. However, whether you can grip the ball or not, focus on using your core rather than your arm.
     
  7. Drew_22

    Drew_22 USAFA Cadet

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    I think that you have to start out on your knees when you do it. Put the ball back with one hand and just throw.
     
  8. ZoomingFalcon

    ZoomingFalcon Cadet

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    The BB throw was by far my worst event on the CFA. I think my best was my third throw at 57' or so. Not good.

    Flyers is right. Try leaning back and twisting. Act like you're hitting a big tennis ball. The movement is very strange since you're on your knees. Keep your arm straight, tighten your abs, and try to 'flick' it. Act like a trebuchet (youtube to see in action). That helped me, but everyone is different. Try a bunch of different techniques and see which works the best for you.

    My element leader in SS told us that the BB throw isn't looked at too critically because it's not on the PFT. Make sure your push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, and run are good though; they are on the PFT/AFT.
     
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  10. CadCandMateus

    CadCandMateus Recent Grad

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    just try your best, do what works for you and practice.
     

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