Review: The J-Glove–Can it help you fix your J?
by Colin Powers
There are literally hundreds of miracle cures for the ailing jump-shot available in today’s marketplace. From the ever-growing population of shot doctors, a profession that by no means shares the credibility from which it borrows part of its name to the gadgets, tools, machinery, DVDs, books, and schools of philosophy, there’s a lot of crap out there to wade through in order to uncover something that might actually help. The fact is, only a disciplined commitment of time, concentration, and mechanically sound training will yield an improvement; there are no quick fixes. Ask around the League and you’ll find that the best shooters are the ones who get to the gym earliest and stay the latest. Muscle memory and delicate refinement.
Amongst the products that can help you in your own workouts is the J-Glove. It does a solid job of physically reinforcing the proper shooting technique: it forces the practitioner to keep the ball off the palm and in the shooting pad, spreads the fingers out, and keeps the wrist and follow-through square and true. Shooting with one’s fingers spread wide is frequently neglected in shot analysis but is a crucial part of a consistent jump-shot. For me personally, I’ve long been plagued by a follow-through that wandered off to the right of the basket upon my release, and I felt a noticeable difference in the J-Glove restriction my wrist’s movements so that it finished straight and towards the bucket.
Like I said, there are no overnight solutions to better one’s shooting. Constant repetition, adjustment, and hours of gym time is the only path. The J-Glove aids you in this process as it keeps your mechanics true during those long shooting sessions, forcibly re-training one’s muscle memory until it becomes second nature. It’s as important to train smart as it is to train hard, and the J-Glove is a valuable asset in that regard.