How to Perform an Astounding Trick Shot

Tricks shots are loved by millions, regardless of whether you have played basketball seriously before. Seeing the skill involved in choreographing and successfully achieving a trick shot deserves applause, even for their imagination alone. But how possible is it for a regular person to reach the level required for hitting a dream shot? In this article we’ll look at some famous names in the field, along with some beginner and advanced training techniques.

Who are the Stars in the Field?

YouTube has opened up the chance for unknowns to build up a reputation for their trick shots. Groups like Dude Perfect, Legendary Shots, Justin ‘Jus Fly’ Darlington, and How Ridiculous have all built up strong subscriber bases for their entertaining shots. They are all huge basketball fans who found the niche of choreographic impressive shots. Playing basketball is a different skill than trick shots, so there are plenty of players who are more suited to working on trick shots.

As for teams, the stand out names are of course the Harlem Globetrotters. Founded back in 1926, the Globetrotters travel around the world putting on exhibition shows for eager audiences. They run a Summer Skills Clinic for kids which teach how to perform incredible skills and tricks with a basketball. The camps are fairly new, so we can expect some new stars in the field over the coming years.

Check out this Video

If dunking is your thing, check out this video of Justin ‘Jus Fly’ Darlington doing his thing at the FIBA Nike Dunk Contest. You can see some slow motion dunks that are both fairly simple and also quite complex. These are some of the best athletes in the world, so don’t expect results like these without working incredibly hard at the process.

Beginner Techniques

For beginners, the key is to work on your fundamentals. You need to be able to control the ball, shoot accurately, and jump high enough to dunk the ball. You might want to find a qualified coach in your area, but it is also possible to do it yourself with a program like the Jump Manual or Vert Shock, depending on your personal preference. Improving your vertical jump involves working on plyometrics and exercises like squats and box jumps. Ball control can be improved by practising with the ball in both hands as much as possible until it feels comfortable. Your shooting also involves practice, but try to study your form with a mirror or by video taping your shooting until it is perfect.

Advanced Techniques

The advanced techniques are actually not related to your athleticism. They involve designing the shots so they are actually viable, but still incredibly impressive. Trick shots are all about calculating your angles, so start by sketching out the shot, using a rule to make sure everything is accurate. Trial and error will be incredibly frustrating, so having a clear idea of the angles will enable the basketball to do as it is supposed to. From here, practising your shots repeatedly will lead to perfection. If you are recording for video, it only takes one successful attempt for the trick shot to work.


So there you have it. If you want to be able to create some incredible trick shots, whether it involves dunking, distance shooting, or choreographed moves, you need to work on your fitness, practice the fundamentals like ball handling and shooting, and then practice as much as you can. Eventually you should be able to create some shots that will blow people away. And who knows, maybe you will be at one of the worldwide events that celebrates basketball tricks shots and dunking in the future.