TIP! Be sure to dribble correctly every time. When dribbling the basketball, use your fingertips rather than the palm of your hand.

You wouldn’t try to perform CPR without the proper research and certification. Basketball is no different. The following paragraphs contain information that good players already use to play the game well.

TIP! Find out how to make free throw shots. It seems easy to do but surely isn’t.

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. You can win a game, thanks to good defense. Offense is flashier, so it draws the attention of fans and journalists, but a team that can’t defend well won’t win any games.

TIP! Make sure you dribble properly by keeping your head held up, facing forward. You haven’t practiced enough if you keep looking at the basketball while you’re dribbling.

Balance is vital to good shooting. Having good balance will allow you to keep better control of the ball as well as play a better defense. They are professionals, and they are able to improvise successfully. Balance needs to be maintained to consistently make successful shots.

TIP! Making a free throw takes mental concentration as well as physical prowess. With everyone watching, it can be easy to allow the pressure to interfere with your game.

Frequently train yourself on your pass catching moves. While you are practicing, you should be sure to drill yourself on catching errant throws, as well as catching those perfect passes. Some passes may be too high, too low or off target, so you should practice receiving passes often. You and your team mates will be happier if you (and they) are more versatile.

TIP! Improve your passing abilities by challenging yourself to perform drills without actually dribbling. While this may be difficult, it gets you used to finding teammates and thinking on the run.

To learn how to pass well, drill without dribbling. While this may be difficult, it gets you used to finding teammates and thinking on the run. Keep your emotions in check if quality passing is not happening right away as it takes time to perfect this part of the game.

TIP! Make use of hand signals so that wild passes can be avoided. Passing is tough, especially if you and your teammate are not in sync with one another.

Need to dupe the opposition? Try a pass back! Use the dominant hand whenever trying a behind the back pass. Next get the ball pulled up behind the back. Finally, flick your wrist towards the direction in which you wish that ball to travel. This should trick the opposing team.

TIP! Make it your goal to never turn away from the ball on the court. 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.

Talk to your teammates and find out what they like about your game. They will probably notice the things you do best. You could potentially be excellent in one area while you are busy focusing on another, unaware. See what others view as your own natural skills, then be sure you retain and develop them more.

TIP! Make sure your fingers are apart from one another when dribbling. The ball will not get away if you always keep your fingers spread when handling the ball.

Being able to anticipate your opponent is a key skill. One great way to get a better understanding of your opponent is to take the time to watch film and get information from other players or scouts. Learn which of the opposing players are left-dominant and which are right-dominant. Defense is more effective when you know what your opponent is likely to do. Knowledge can make you a strong defender.

TIP! You should always be aware of the position of your feet and their actions. When you are in possession of the ball, touching the baseline will get you out of bounds.

If you’ve developed somewhat of a shooting slump, focus on your shoulders. When they are out of alignment, all shots will fail. Keep your shoulders square in line with the basket. The dominant shoulder needs to be lined up with the rim.

TIP! To become a better free throw shooter, use the same routine prior to every shot. For example, you might tug your ear, dribble three times, or flex your wrists.

Speed is one of the best virtues when playing basketball. Try to play faster than your opponents for an advantage. Playing fast takes practice, though, and steady drilling. Just don’t play any faster than you’re able to. You will end up in a turnover if you play too fast.

TIP! Upset and disrupt your opponent’s play. All successful basketball players do this.

Passing between your legs can be helpful when the other team is riding you hard. Step forward and back while dribbling the ball between your legs hard. Once you get the move down, you can use it to gain a tactical advantage.

TIP! It can help your basketball skills when you strength train. You need both strength and endurance if you are going to excel.

In order to become better at dribbling the ball you should learn how to practice using your weak hand. If both hands are useful for dribbling, your opponents will not stand much of a chance. Tie your strong hand to the rear of your back to ensure you only use your weaker hand. Eventually, your weak hand will be trained to dribble properly.

TIP! To become a better three-point shooter, make sure you attempt shots from where the NBA three-point line would be. That is the furthest distance that you would ever have to shoot from to score a three.

Dribble harder if you want to avoid the ball being stolen. The ball bounces faster, giving the guard less time to steal. If you are being closely guarded, you should cease dribbling and pass the ball to an open member of your team.

TIP! You’ll want to use the hand that you aren’t dribbling with as a barrier to protect the ball. Never push your opponent away because that ends up in a foul, but lightly use your other hand to keep separation between the ball and your opponent.

Be sure your vision is unobstructed. Not to just be able to see the scoreboard, but to actually make a shot and catch a pass. Your peripheral vision should be at its best. If you scan the entire court, not just the location of the ball, it is possible to anticipate defense moves in advance and see which teammates are open.

TIP! If you already know that the ball handler has a weak side, try to force the use of it. If the opponent is left-handed, make the right side your dominant side so that they can’t use their dominant side.

Gain pride and confidence by learning how to play the game with skill. Reading and learning as much as you can and transferring that knowledge onto the court will better your game. Learning to play effectively will help you win games and impress your teammates.