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Basketball Tips You Cannot Possibly Live Without

Basketball isn’t very complex, but it is a lot of fun. The players all work together to lead their team to victory. If you’d like to figure out what you can do to get better at basketball, keep reading this article.



While focusing on offense is fun, you must also make sure you focus on defense. Basketball games are often won by the defense. Offense gets attention and praise, but when you lack good defense, any team can lose.

Dribbling the ball the right way needs to be done. Instead of using your palm to dribble focus on using your fingertips. This method gives you much more control of the ball. Bounce the ball no higher than your waist and keep the ball at your side rather than in front. Look up, not down.

To be a great basketball player you need to work on your balance. We have all seen the professional basketball player falling out of bounds and making a basket from 30 feet away, but this is not proper technique. They are not doing it right. If you have correct balance when you are making a shot, you will make more consistent baskets over time.

Frequently practice passing and catching the passes of others. When you practice, drill yourself to pay attention to errant throws and passes that are picture perfect. This will help you catch those bad passes during a game. Therefore, it pays to practice catching passes that are a bit off-target.

Would you like to pull one over on the other team? Try using a back pass! To start, grab the ball using your good hand. Now hold the ball behind you. Flick your wrists in the direction that it must travel. This should trick the opposing team.

If you are shooting as well, pay attention to the position of your shoulders. When your shoulders are positioned improperly, you will never make the basket regardless of how good your abilities are. Your shoulders should be facing the hoop. Line up your shooting shoulder with the rim as well.

Quickness is a virtue in basketball. If you want the advantage, you need to be quicker than your opponents. Consistent, repetitive drilling is the key to speed. Do not try playing faster than you can. Doing so can cause the game to spin out of control as turnovers and faulty passes are made.

In order to do the best you can with layups, you’ll want to take off with the foot that is opposite of your shooting hand. Jump off your left foot when you shoot using your right hand. This will keep you balanced and going towards the basket.

In order to play defense successfully, you must be able to disrupt the game of your opponent. Force them into an uncomfortable zone. The more aggressive you are the better. Do not allow them to choose the plays that they make. If you let them, they’ll totally take the control from you. To avoid this, stay aggressive and try to interrupt their thought patterns and rhythm.

Anyone who plays basketball wants to hone certain skills to improve their game. You should now understand what it takes to be a great basketball player. Keep these tips in mind during your next practice to improve your game.



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