Basketball: Mastering the Free Throw Technique, Basketball Shooting Tip

Learn how to make more free throws and master the free throw technique with Singapore basketballers Lim Jiamin and Delvin Goh


This week in our basketball tips and tutorials with Singapore basketballers Delvin Goh and Lim Jia Min we take a look at how to master the free throw technique.

The free throw is usually awarded to a team when the shooter is impeded or had a foul committed on him or her by the opposing team.

The number of free throws that are awarded is determined by where the shooter was when he or she took the shot.

So what makes a good free throw? Apart from mentally focusing on the shot, with possible distractions during the game, the shooter also needs to have the following fundamentals down pat, according to Jia Min.


Free Throw Shooting Technique in Steps:

1. Bending Your Knees

2. Eyes on the Basket

3. Bring your elbow up

4. Shoot and follow through

Important point to note is to have your fingers pointing to the basket after the shot as part of the follow through.


An expert and unsurprising tip from both basketballers is to practise as many free throws as you can in order to improve on your technique. This could be anywhere between 50 to a 100 throws a session.

Want to improve on your basketball skills and techniques? Don't forget to check out the rest of our Basketball series, done in conjunction with the ActiveSG Cup 2020 Basketball 3x3 tournament!

About Basketball 3x3, ActiveSG Cup 2022

The ActiveSG Cup 2022 is a basketball tournament for youths 15-19 years-old.

There is a centralised venue playing host to the qualifiers in each of the five zones, with ActiveSG Clementi Sport Centre hosting the Central Zone and ActiveSG Pasir Ris Sport Centre hosting the East Zone.

The top two teams from each zone will qualify for the Super League, while the teams that rank third and fourth will qualify for the Prime League, with these taking place on 18 and 19 March, before a Grand Final to finish off the ActiveSG Cup action at Our Tampines Hub on 20 March.

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