B.E.E.F: The 4 Steps To The Art of Shooting with Steph Curry & Rachel DeMita

Published on September 29th, 2015 by Astramskas, David | 6,751 views

What’s beef? Beef is when you need 2 Gats to go to sleep
Beef is when your moms ain’t safe up in the streets
Beef is when I see you
Guaranteed to be in ICU

OK, that’s not the beef Steph Curry and Rachel DeMita are talking about in the first episode of season 2 of NBA2KTV. The beef the best shooter in the league is talking about is the 4 basic steps to the art of shooting: Balance, Elbow, Eyes & Follow Through (remember to do the goose neck).

They didn’t go into much detail about the steps but back in 2013, Curry explained to SI for Kids the BEEF acronym.

“Your feet should always be shoulder-width apart and square to the basket. Depending if you’re righthanded or lefthanded, put your dominant foot half the length of your shoe size in front of your other foot. Your feet shouldn’t be parallel. Have a good bend in your knees.”

“Your eyes should be focused on the rim. I’ve trained myself to look at the prongs that the nets are hooked to. I quickly lock in on one of the three prongs that are facing me and put the basketball right over it with good arc. You don’t want to look at the backboard because obviously that’s not your target.”

“Keep shoulders square to the basket and keep your elbow parallel to the floor and in line with your knee. You don’t want your elbow too far out, hanging like a chicken wing when you’re shooting. Think about the mechanics of your arm as an extension of the basketball. If your elbow is too far out, the ball will go in a different direction. Your elbow keeps the ball in the line of where you’re aiming, and it helps with your follow-through.”

“Hold your follow-through from the time you shoot to well after you make the shot or miss. It promotes good spin on the ball. If you’re putting your arm down before the ball hits the rim, it means you’re rushing. And also, if someone is taking a picture of you, it looks good whether you make it or not. The joke is, If you have a good follow-through, you’ll always look good shooting the ball.”


Just in case you didn’t know, Rachel – who didn’t know what BEEF stood for – has a pretty sweet shot too.


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Aka VincentDa & RedApples fka Expiredpineapples. My alter-ego is a digital-marketing guy in Houston. Won editing awards & created obsolete flash websites that have been featured in mags like Sports Illustrated. Studied film & women at FSU during the golden age of hip-hop. Collects records, laserdiscs, sports memorabilia & toys. Father of 2 daughters that are more athletic and popular on YouTube.

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