TIP! Many people forget that defense is as important as offense during practice. Basketball games are won more often by defense than offense.

Basketball is for everyone, whether they be man or woman. All different types of people can enjoy an exciting game of basketball. Invite your friends over and dazzle them with your newly learned skills. What moves do you want to learn? Keep reading here if you wish to figure out what you can do.

TIP! Know your strengths and they’ll help you become a better player. Your best talent may not make you the star of every game, but learning to play your best angle will help you contribute more to the team.

If you handle the ball often, you need to learn how to do a crossover. A crossover is when you move the ball from one hand to the other. It should be done quickly. Once you master the art of the crossover dribble, you will be able to change directions quicker.

TIP! Always work on your layups. Up to eighty percent of the baskets attempted in a game are layups.

Perfect your layup technique. Four out of every five shots taken in a given game will be layups. Dribble the ball in front of you while taking large strides followed by a smooth shot. This method will teach you to improve your jumps and shots throughout the game.

Bounce Passes

TIP! A great way to bolster your basketball ability is to observe those who are considered to be the best in the sport. Watch as many games on TV as you can.

Bounce passes are important in the game of basketball. Proper bounce passes ought to hit the recipient at the level of their waist. The ideal bounce pass should land about 3/4 of the way between you and the receiver. At the same time, take into account any other extraneous factors that may affect the pass.

TIP! You should ask your teammates about your strengths and weaknesses. Are you skilled at something? Knowing your strengths and weaknesses will allow you to develop your skills to become an all around better player.

Play games against yourself in and out of season. Even though you play on a team, practicing alone can be helpful. That is not a problem. You can still accomplish a lot when playing solo. Work on free throws and pivot moves. This will help improve the hard parts of your game.

TIP! If you experience a slump in your scoring and shooting, your shoulders may be the cause of the problem. Regardless of your skill level, if you don’t have your shoulders positioned correctly, you will miss.

When you’re working out, concentrate on core strength building and your footwork. With strong core muscles, you will have better balance. Concentrate your efforts on the back, abdomen, buttocks and hips. To help get even quicker and have better footwork you can jump rope.

Shooting Slump

TIP! It is important to be aware of the location of your feet and just what they are up to. Stepping even over a baseline when you’re in possession of the ball will have you called out of bounds.

Pay close attention to your shoulders if you’ve suddenly developed a shooting slump. When you’re in a shooting slump it usually means that your shoulders are not square to the hoop. Your shoulders need to be squared up towards where you’re shooting. The dominant shoulder needs to be aligned correctly with the rim.

TIP! Learn to pass the ball without looking at your intended target. This can go a long way toward confusing the opposition.

You must have a consistent practice routine if you want to learn to shoot free throws well. A consistent routine enables the shooter to have a perfect motion every time. You can shoot better free throws by making sure you use the same exact routine every time, and of course practice. If you are off your game, you will not make the shot.

TIP! Stay on top of your footwork when attempting a rebound. The defender in your path will be moving at you, so be sure you’re thinking of how to get past that defender.

If you wish to succeed in a defensive role, you must be able to break your opponents’ concentration. Force them out of their comfort zone. Stay aggressive. Don’t let them choose what plays to make. You should never let an opponent control what you do on the court. Instead, you move first and throw them off their game.

TIP! Practice drills that force you to get the basketball to the other end of the court in less than 5 dribbles. This will help you to gain speed, stride length and control of the ball.

Work on making your forearms and hands stronger in order to improve ball handling. Wrist curls can work good if you wish to start handling the ball like you’re able to dribble in any situation. Good playing is not only instinctive, it takes hard work and discipline. Things rarely happen unless you are actually moving the basketball.

TIP! You should ensure that you can clearly see. This isn’t just so you can read the scoreboard and be able to make shots and catch passes.

Never break your defensive stance when playing ball. To do this, avoid lurching or stepping across the floor; instead use smaller, shuffling steps to move with your opponent. Avoid getting your feet cross as this makes it much more difficult for the opponent to get by you.

TIP! Take every charge you can. This play gets your team possession of the ball and a foul against your opponent.

Basketball players can greatly benefit from strength training. Strength, flexibility and stamina are all important things to have in basketball. Even young kids can improve if they exercise the right way and strengthen their core. When they become teens, try using weights to keep enhancing their exercises. Then they will be ready to really learn the skills that really make an excellent player.

TIP! Use a 2-3 zone as a way to trap opponents. You can do this by having guards wait for the point guard to come at least 10 feet past midcourt.

While you’re dribbling the basketball it is wise to bend your knees. The farther the ball has to bounce, the less control you will have of it. Slightly bending your knees improves ball control significantly.

TIP! To become a better three-point shooter, make sure you attempt shots from where the NBA three-point line would be. School and the international standard lines are nearer than that.

The goal to improving a game is building conversation with your teammates. Basketball is a sport played by a team. Do not look at playing defense or offense as something to be undertaken by just you and a single opponent. Everyone helps everyone else. Let others know when you require assistance.

TIP! Never stop your dribble unless you are going to shoot or pass the ball. If you stop, you limit your options.

Always practice from all spots on the court. Begin with practicing your grip and balance. It is possible to succeed when shooting in an off-balance way, but the odds do suffer. Pay attention to the air valve on the ball. Splay your dominant hand’s fingers, and place the middle of your hand atop the valve at the basketball’s center.

TIP! Switch the weight of your body while you are dribbling. You’re going to be dribbling in many different conditions during a game.

Create a strong team environment on and off the court. Basketball is a great game that can be elevated when the team is of one mind. When you know and trust your teammates, you can accomplish a lot more on the court.

TIP! Make sure your team really meshes together off and on the court. A cohesive team is an effective team, and basketball teams are no exception.

When rebounding, hit the floor with your legs wide apart. Keep the hands on both sides of the ball, and make sure it stays close to the chest. Watch where your elbows are because if you hit someone with them, that is a foul.

TIP! When you come back down to earth from a rebound, try to land so that your legs are spread out wider than your shoulders to give your balance a boost. Hold the ball next to your chest with your hand on either side.

Now you should be prepared to play with heightened confidence. Now you may even have a few pointers that people you know didn’t even have in mind. Remember that basketball should always be fun. Whatever the case, it is fun to win though!