When Deric Thompson coaches fourth grade basketball, he warns his players about "chicken wings." Not the greasy fastfood variety, but the kind that basically makes it impossible to sink a shot.
"Don't do the chicken wing," Thompson reminds his players. "Keep that elbow in, especially on the release."
What the coach wants to establish in his kids is muscle memory, a physical recollection of exactly how their arms should be positioned to increase their chances of scoring.
Thompson himself still needs reminders, or at least he did. He recently started using a new … Read more