TIP! You should practice your crossovers a lot. In a crossover, you transfer the basketball from hand to hand.

Are you a fan of basketball but you’re not very educated about it? It’s not just you! Professional basketball players make the game look so easy. This article is going to teach you some of the things that the pros know.

TIP! Work on improving your strengths to become an even better player. Your team will benefit more if you stop trying to be the star of the game and work your best.

You can easily focus on offense when learning to play basketball, however, you must really focus how playing defense. Basketball games are often won by great defensive play. Offense gets all the praise and attention, but without a good defense, any basketball team is destined to lose.

TIP! Practice catching passes as often as you can. You need to be able to retrieve perfect passes and not so perfect passes.

Dribble while keeping your head upward and looking ahead. By focusing your sight on the ball, you cannot be fully aware of your surroundings. You can practice dribbling almost anywhere. Dribble while walking to the store. Staring at the ball doesn’t allow you to watch the other players.

TIP! Improve your passing abilities by challenging yourself to perform drills without actually dribbling. It is hard to play a game when you don’t dribble, but it will help you to be sure that everyone is passing accurately.

Knowing how to perform a crossover is a must when you handle the basketball frequently. Moving the ball from hand to hand is a crossover. The action must be very swift if it is to be successful. When executed properly, a crossover dribble lets you alternate directions suddenly so that you can move down the entire court quickly.

TIP! You can play basketball solo before and during the season. There are times you may not find anyone to play with you.

If you want to take jump shots, don’t build your arms up too large. While muscle mass is good for any basketball position, perimeter play requires less than other positions. Some professionals develop their muscles so much that they are actually having a hard time with shooting.

TIP! If you’re posting up, good footwork is the key to getting open and getting a good shot. While actually being beneath the basket is key, establishing a good position prior to the opposition is even more so.

Unseen passes can be avoided when proper hand signals are used by teammates. It can be frustrating making a pass when a player moves away towards the basket. A simple hand gesture can let your teammate know you’re ready for the pass. If the signal is not used, then the pass should not be made to that player.

TIP! A good basketball player is really quick on his feet. You’ll have an advantage if you’re faster than an opponent.

Build your core strength and work on your footwork. Your body will be more stable and easier to move when you have strength in your core muscles. Your muscles in your buttocks, hips, abdomen, and back should be worked. Similar to boxers, jump rope to help increase speed and better your footwork.

TIP! Consistency in your approach is vital to becoming solid at free throws. Focus on your shot and eliminate all outside distractions.

One thing to consider if your shooting percentage drops is that your shoulders may be inconsistent when you are shooting. If you have bad shoulder position it doesn’t matter how great you are the shot isn’t going to go in. Be sure to keep the shoulders squared up to the hoop. You want your strong-side shoulder in perfect alignment with the rim.

TIP! Making a pass from between your legs is sometimes a good option when the opposing team is right on top of you. Practice this maneuver by bouncing the basketball between your legs while taking steps.

Have a friend or family member tape your games so you can view how you appear on the court. Can you see where you can improve your form? Are there things you might have done differently? When looking at the tape, don’t be too critical, but be honest. There are times when it pays to view yourself realistically.

TIP! Use the foot opposite of the hand you shoot with for a better layup. If you normally shoot using your right hand, jump with your left.

You need to put a damper in your opponent’s plan if you want to be successful with defending. Force them to leave their comfort zone. When making a move, be aggressive. Keep them from deciding what moves to make. If they do, they’ll dominate you. It’s important, then, to be aggressive and mess up their game rhythms.

TIP! To dribble the ball better, it is important that you practice dribbling with the hand that’s weaker. If both hands are useful for dribbling, your opponents will not stand much of a chance.

Make your forearms and hands stronger so you can handle the ball better. An exercise to help develop your basketball skills is to perform wrist curls. Do not make the mistake of thinking you can stay stationary, catch all the ball, and shoot them from that same location. The ball should always be in control and moving.

TIP! Workout to increase flexibility and strength in your hands and forearms. One important exercise is wrist curls, which help you with your dribbling.

In summary, basketball is a sport that you love but really weren’t sure why until you took in this article. But, now that this article has been read, you should be prepared to start playing like a professional. So get moving, get on the court, and put this advice to use.

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