Do you want to be as great as Shaquille O’Neil? Rather than just wanting to be great, why don’t you learn techniques to help you get better? You’ll find a lot of useful advice in this article.
- When learning the game of basketball, it’s easy to get caught up in offensive play. But you should also give plenty of attention to defense. In the end, it’s defense that consistently wins you games. While offensive players sometimes seem like the stars of the show, it is the efforts of defensive players that allow them to shine.
- Always dribble with your head up and looking forward. If you have to ever look at the ball while dribbling, then you haven’t practiced that enough. Bring your ball along when you go out. Dribble as you walk to the market. Get used to looking up as you go so that you can focus your attention on the court and not on your hands and the ball.
- Make sure to practice your layups whenever possible. During any game, layups make up about 75 percent of the game. During practice you want to get up enough speed to quickly get to the rim then easily lay the ball towards the hoop. This technique helps improve your on-court layup skills.
- Hitting free throws is a mental challenge as well as a physical one. Training your body is important, but you also have to be mentally ready for the shot. Relax yourself and concentrate on your shot.
- Shake things up rather than focusing solely on a zone defense. While you might see a zone defense mostly, a team can switch defenses to man-to-man quickly in order to confuse you. When you don’t know how to defeat it, you will lose.
- When it is not basketball season, keep in practice by shooting baskets and practicing your skills. Even though you play on a team, practicing alone can be helpful. That’s OK! You can accomplish a lot by practicing alone. Work on free throws and pivot moves. You can always hone your skills when practicing alone.
- In order to get a good shot, you must use good footwork. Although physical presence under the basket is important, getting to a good spot before your opponent does is even more important. Once you’re in the proper position, you’ll have to then secure your spot. Strong footwork skills help to build both types of skills.
- Don’t play while injured or else your injury will worsen. Basketball is physically demanding, and it is easy to get hurt. Pushing through the pain often results in a more serious injury. See a physician if you think your injury is serious.
- You never want to have your back to the ball if you can help it. This can help you to avoid surprises by fast passes, help you keep an eye on the rest of the court, and allow you to spot potential turnovers. Also, keep your eyes on areas that open up on the court for an easy basket.
- Focus on your footwork and core strength when working out. Your balance will improve if you strengthen your core. Don’t forget to also work out muscles in your back, buttocks, abdomen and hips. Jump rope can be used to speed up your feet.
After having read this article, you now have a few things that you can go practice. Practice hard and with consistency. Over time, the work you put in will translate to confidence on the court. Show others that you have skills and keep the things that you went over here in mind at all times.