Shooting free throws is a lot like the golf swing. Everybody and his brother wants to “help” you with your mechanics. Even some pretty good instructors are very mechanical in their instruction but struggle with helping a player understand the mental aspect of the game. Golf is a very slow game, a game during which the player has a lot of time to think about his swing and the mechanics of the swing. Good swing coaches are able to help the golfer separate golf mechanics, the golf swing, with just playing golf, focusing on the target and certainly not thinking about where your elbow is at the top of the backswing, or where your hands are at impact, or swing plane, or how long or short your backswing is… Free throw shooting is very similar. You’re just standing there with a ball in your hand and a target. Oh, and possibly 10,000 or 15,000 screaming fans. If you’re focusing on mechanics, in all likelihood you’re screwed. Yes, in practice you need to pay attention to fundamentals, you need lots of repitition of those fundamentals, mechanics if you will, but in the heat of the game, it’s just you and the target and you have follow your routine and let it go. At that point you can’t think mechanics. Of course, if you are a “catch and shoot” shooter or an “off the dribble” shooter you are NOT thinking mechanics. You are just playing the game and letting it fly, mechanics be damned. I am absolutely sure Jordan Poole was not thinking mechanics when he hit those threes vs. Maryland. I think that’s part of what we see with Charles, where he has a nice jumper that he makes fairly consistently from 12-15-18 feet but struggles at the FT line. Fortunately, Coach B is not only an elite teacher of shooting, he’s a pretty cerebral guy who understands the difference between shooting mechanics and just shooting, and, I am sure, works on both. Of course, confidence is a pretty important factor, too, and confidence can be pretty fickle. I thought it was interesting that Coach B mentioned in his presser that he “probably screwed [Z] up because he saw something from Saturday [on Z’s shot] and worked with him on that” during the day Monday. Kind of like, “It’s my fault.” Perhaps just trying not to damage Z’s confidence any more than it already may be.