BASIC SHOOTING SKILLS - HEAD AND ELBOW (FEMALE). Former WNBA player and NCAA star, Toccara Williams, teaches you the basics of great shooting. You don't need a basket to shoot at for this drill as you just want to ensure that you have the correct hand position and your ball goes straight up and lands directly in front of you. Start in an athletic stance. Place the ball in your shooting hand with your fingers spread out, make sure the ball is not resting on the palm of your hand, but is in the fingers. Next you want to make ...sure your elbow is directly under the ball forming a 90 degree angle. Once you self check these things, you want to extend up through your legs, while extending your elbow straight up into a locked position while following through on your shot. The ball should go straight up in the air and fall directly in front of you. Practice this until you can do it hundreds of times with the ball landing in the same spot.