SOLIDshot teamed up with the University of Maryland men's basketball team to see just how much NCAA players' free throw percentage could improve once they started practicing with the smart sleeve. Here is what additional, in-depth information they found.
The SOLIDshot smart sleeve and app target a few different aspects of a player's shooting motion in order to give proper feedback. One of those key components is the snap of the wrist.
The ability to cock the wrist back towards the forearm—much like a catapult—and flick it back towards the basket as the shooting arm extends upward, is what creates backspin on the ball. Not only can it make or break a shot, but it is an aspect of the shooting motion that is difficult to repeat consistently.
During the study conducted with the University of Maryland men's basketball team, a select number of players used the SOLIDshot sleeve as an extended coaching tool to improve their free throws. The data compiled from the app show also showed that SOLIDshot can help improve a player's wrist snap.
We now zero in on one particular player—who is to remain anonymous due to NCAA rules—whose individual free throw percentage improved by 8%. This player was also working on improving his wrist snap at the end of his shots. Observing his data in the SOLIDshot app, it was also revealed that the snap in his wrist increased and became more consistent over the period of time that the study was conducted
This helps to illustrate how SOLIDshot's positive feedback system can create repetition in players finding their proper form with every shot. "When it's buzzing them, telling them 'good job,' they can really get into a rhythm and they can start to get a feel for what their ultimate shot is," UMD assistant coach John Auslander said.