Kyle Korver has a 20-point checklist for every three-pointer he takes

For The Win

Jeremy Brevard, USA TODAY Sports Jeremy Brevard, USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks’ Kyle Korver makes three-pointers at about the same rate (53.7%) that most people dunk their morning doughnuts into coffee.

USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt discussed with Korver how he became so efficient from deep, but beyond the fascinating personal details (a 5K race underwater carrying a massive stone, for instance), there’s some service journalism. Korver shared a mental checklist he runs through for every shot he takes:

  1. Wide stance.
  2. Exaggerated legs.
  3. Drop through heels.
  4. Engage core.
  5. Slight bend at waist.
  6. Up strong.
  7. Elbow straight.
  8. One hand.
  9. Fingers spread.
  10. Slight pause.
  11. Elbow up.
  12. Land forward.
  13. See the top of the rim.
  14. Ball on fingertips.
  15. Strong shot.
  16. Shoulders forward and relaxed.
  17. Ball and arm risen straight.
  18. Hold the follow through.
  19. Keep the release point high.
  20. On turns, square shoulders.

Yes, that’s 20 things that you’re going to need to start thinking about every time you…

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