Basketball shooting tips Tip #1 – Locate Your Target (the Rim) Earlier Getting in the habit of locating your target (the rim) earlier will improve your shooting percentage. Why? Locating the rim just a split second earlier gives your brain more time to subconsciously calculate distance and focus on your objective. Your eyes should be on the rim as early as possible. To make this little trick work, you need to develop this habit in practice, which carries over into games. Tip #2 – Always Hold Your Follow Through You’ve probably heard this a hundred times but there’s good reason for it. Holding your follow through solves a multitude of shooting problems.