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    Two factors separate One Motion from other techniques:  1.) Less effort is required
    when shooting and 2.) It produces a quicker / smoother release. The entire shooting
    process is non-stop which allows energy (power) to easily flow up the shot line.  
    This is vital in achieving an effective shooting motion.

    Anyone can lay claim to having the best technique, but how do you prove it?  

    While searching for scientific validation I came across Dr. Joe Bell, Associate
    Professor of Exercise, Science and Health at Abilene Christian University in
    Abilene, Texas.  Dr. Bell teaches Biomechanics and oversees the Educational
    Program for coaches.

                          Dr. Bell's  thoughts on the biomechanics of shooting and
                                               the One Motion Technique follow ...

    Synchronizes body movements and energy flow

    “Movements executed in a series are most efficient when they flow smoothly from
    one part to the next.  Each subsequent movement should be executed at the peak
    velocity and lowest acceleration of the previous movement.  One Motion allows for
    a near seamless transition from on phase to the next.”

    Energy follows the path of least resistance along the shot line

    “From a biomechanical perspective, a major concern of shooting (and projecting
    any object) is inertia.  Maintaining a smooth arc force application is critical to the
    reduction of inertia.  By maintaining a free flow path of movement, the shooter is able
    to minimize the negative effects of inertia.  For example, in other shooting techniques
    there is often a hitch or pause in the release as the ball is moved in the opposite
    direction of the intended path of travel.  This causes greater inertia of the basketball
    and requires additional muscular force at any given distance when compared to the
    One Motion method.”

    No wasted movements

    “The inertial factors in shooting seem to be caused by unnecessary movements of
    the ball, at least after the initiation of the shooting action.  Once the ball is in motion it
    should stay in motion as much as possible in the intended direction.  Elimination of
    wasted movements allows for use of the large muscles for the major application of for
    control and accuracy.  Shooting repeated shots results in less fatigue and conversely
    fatigue has less effect upon shooting accuracy.  Imagine shooting percentages
    holding up in the 4th quarter of the game!  One Motion is very efficient
    in this regard.”


    Optimal arc range created between 42 - 48 degrees

    “When an object is projected at a 45 degree angle (without air resistance) the same
    amount of force goes into both horizontal and vertical components of the trajectory.  
    In reality, the optimal angle for shooting a basketball falls between 42 and 48
    degrees, depending on the length of the shot.  The One Motion method provides
    consistency of the shooting angle and a more predictable outcome.”

    When players use the One Motion Technique they experience a fluid and effortless
    motion.  This happens because momentum flows quickly and efficiently throughout the
    shooting process.  The shot simply “feels” better.






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