Basketball knows not of gender discrimination. Regardless of background, few people can resist the allure of basketball. Invite your friends over and dazzle them with your newly learned skills. Wait, what did you learn? Keep reading here if you wish to figure out what you can do.
Know how to dribble the ball in the correct way. When you dribble, use the fingertips, not the palm. Dribbling this way improves your ball control dramatically. Avoid dribbling in front of you and only dribble to the sides of your body. Look up and never down at the ground.
Crossing over is a vital skill to have for handling the basketball. A crossover means moving the ball between your hands. Speed determines the success of the crossover move. One done the right way, the crossover dribble can help you change directions and get down the court more efficiently.
Having a good foundation is key when shooting the ball. You have seen how pros shoot a basket from thirty feet away and fall out of bounds, which is not the right technique. They are not doing it right. You need the right balance to shoot; it is the only way to eventually make consistent baskets.
A bounce pass is an important technique to learn. Bounce passes need to be at waist level when received. Aim for a firm bounce pass that hits the ground around 3/4 of the distance between you and the intended player. Although, there will be other circumstances that are involved too.
Never practice only against the zone. Your opponent may change their game up to keep you on your toes. Practicing these techniques can give you a competitive edge over your competition.
If you want to take jump shots, don’t build your arms up too large. Muscle strength is great for any position in basketball, you can have too much when it comes to perimeter play. Some guards increase their upper body to the point of harming their field goals.
If you’re posting up, good footwork is the key to getting open and getting a good shot. You do, of course, need to be near the basket, but finding the right spot without getting blocked is essential. After positioning yourself on the court, make sure that you are secure. Strong footwork skills help to build both types of skills.
Spreading the fingers is something you have to do to handle the ball right. This will keep the ball from getting away while you hold it. Don’t let your palm touch the ball either. You should try your best to only hold onto the ball with your fingertips when passing and shooting.
Practicing your skills will ensure that you are confident whenever you play. You may even know information now that your friends do not. Never forget that the game should always be fun. Winning will be fun, too, of course!