What is a Shooting Machine?

A shooting machine is usually a piece of equipment installed on or around a hoop to help players get more repetition. Shooting machines like the Gun or Dr. Dish rebound and distribute the ball to the player, allowing for more shots in a quicker fashion. 

Yes, shooting machines can help to have more efficient shooting practices, but do they improve shooting percentages?

Repetition is necessary, but repeating something in the wrong way actually builds bad habits. If a player starts with bad alignment, arc or depth and decides to shoot 100 jump shots each day on a shooting machine to improve, the player is actually reinforcing a bad shot. In fact, the ball catching nets on the shooting machine can make a player with an arc that is already too high, shoot even higher.

With a shooting machine, players will practice quantity over quality. Noah Basketball, however, promotes and ensures quality practice.

The perfect shot is defined by three key metrics tracked on Noah’s technology: arc, depth and left/right deviation from center. A shot measuring at 45°, 11” deep and 0” from the center is proven to be the perfect shot. Baskets shot with these measurements will go in every single time.

Noah Basketball improves player performance by giving the player the opportunity and knowledge to correct his/her form immediately after every shot. 

When a player shoots from anywhere on the court, Noah’s technology will instantly and verbally tell that player their results based on one of the three key metrics. Once that feedback is audibly announced, the player is then able to immediately adjust before taking his/her next shot. With instant adjustment, the player can continuously improve and build correct muscle memory. 

Tony Bennett’s Virginia Cavaliers practice on the Noah Shooting System every day. To ensure quality practice, Coach Bennett gives each player a criteria that must be met in order to count the basket as a make. 

If the players are working on arc, the shot doesn’t count as a made basket unless the shot falls with two degrees of 45°. If the players are working on depth, the made basket doesn’t count unless the shot hits between 10-12 inches deep in the basket (11 inches is the perfect shot). 

Bennett’s method using Noah Basketball forces the players to shoot consistently, and teaches the players not to rely on made baskets that statistically won’t go through the hoop every time. 

Noah Basketball gives players the best chance to improve shooting percentages. Combining shooting machines with Noah’s technology helps keep players accountable, allowing them to practice and receive coaching outside of practice and still ensure they are building good habits. Coaches can view which players are putting in extra time, and track their shots from anywhere as they are instantly uploaded to Noahlytics.com. 

You can learn about how the Noah Shooting System can help your team become more consistent shooters and improve year after year by signing up to attend one of our free webinars hosted weekly. Even more, our High School Referral Program credits schools $600 toward future data fees for every new customer who purchases a system based on their recommendation.