‘B.E.E.F’ meaning in basketball and Steph Curry’s advice on how to master it

Joshua Rogers October 21, 2021
‘B.E.E.F’ meaning in basketball and Steph Curry’s advice on how to master it
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Steph Curry is one of the greatest shooters in NBA history. With that, you’d think he’d know a thing or two about what separates a good shot from a bad shot. Here, we reveal what BEEF means in basketball, and Steph explains how you can master it.

What does B.E.E.F actually mean in basketball?

The term B.E.E.F should be at the forefront of any budding NBA superstar’s mind.

Shooting is one of the most fundamental abilities in today’s NBA.

And to make it into the league you better have a masterful grasp of BEEF.

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But what is BEEF?

Well, it’s an acronym, and it stands for: Balance, Elbow, Eyes and Follow-Through.

Those are the four key components in order to master the art of shooting.

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BEEF explained by one of the greatest BEEF masters ever

There have been many great shooters in the NBA, including Ray Allen, Larry Bird, Reggie Miller, and Klay Thompson.

However, the GOAT shooter is undoubtedly the Chef himself, Steph Curry.

From runners and floaters, to shots off the dribble and step backs from seemingly limitless range, Curry has every shot in the bag.

Curry has broken a number of 3-point records in the NBA, hitting an eye-popping 402 of them during his 2015-16 unanimous MVP season.

Steph currently has 2834 threes in his career, and is on course to beat Ray Allen’s all-time record of 2973 this season.

Quite simply, he is a BEEF master.

So, who better to break the acronym down?

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Balance

Balance is the foundation of any good shot.

It requires a shooter’s legs to be adequately apart with the knees slightly bent.

Speaking to SI for Kids in 2013, Steph said:

“Your feet should always be shoulder-width apart and square to the basket. Depending if you’re righthanded or lefthanded, put your dominant foot half the length of your shoe size in front of your other foot. Your feet shouldn’t be parallel. Have a good bend in your knees.”

Eyes

Focus is key.

And while you need to be aware of your surroundings, you should never lost sight of your intended target.

Steph’s advice is: “Your eyes should be focused on the rim. I’ve trained myself to look at the prongs that the nets are hooked to. I quickly lock in on one of the three prongs that are facing me and put the basketball right over it with good arc. You don’t want to look at the backboard because obviously that’s not your target.”

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Elbow

Now we’re getting into the real mechanics of the perfect shot.

Keeping your arm at a 90-degree angle with your elbow alignment stable is crucial in ensuring your shot goes where it’s intended.

Curry says: “Keep shoulders square to the basket and keep your elbow parallel to the floor and in line with your knee.

“You don’t want your elbow too far out, hanging like a chicken wing when you’re shooting.

“Think about the mechanics of your arm as an extension of the basketball. If your elbow is too far out, the ball will go in a different direction. Your elbow keeps the ball in the line of where you’re aiming, and it helps with your follow-through.”

Follow-Through

Last but by no-means least, the follow-through.

Done correctly this will influence the trajectory of the basketball and propel the ball towards the net.

Steph tells you to: “Hold your follow-through from the time you shoot to well after you make the shot or miss.

“It promotes good spin on the ball. If you’re putting your arm down before the ball hits the rim, it means you’re rushing.

“And also, if someone is taking a picture of you, it looks good whether you make it or not. The joke is, If you have a good follow-through, you’ll always look good shooting the ball.”

And there you have it, the four steps of BEEF that will help turn you into the next Steph Curry.

What are you waiting for, take to the court!

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.