TIP! It’s easy to focus on offense when learning to play, but your practice time would be better spent on defense. Basketball games are often won by great defensive play.

Practice is vital to your success as a basketball player. Nonetheless, technique is also important. Practicing poor technique will not help you. The tips below can help you shoot baskets correctly in no time.

TIP! Learn the mechanics of a free throw. The execution of a free throw is not as simple as it may appear.

It’s natural to focus on offensive abilities when practicing the sport of basketball, but your practice time needs to focus on defense. Basketball games are won with a good defense. The offense gets lots of attention, but if the defense is lacking no basketball team will ever win a game.

TIP! Passing the ball is an important part of playing basketball so practice making and receiving passes. You want to practice catching perfect passes and bad passes.

Dribble the ball correctly. Instead of using your palm to dribble focus on using your fingertips. Using your fingertips provides you with more control. Keep the ball by your side as you dribble instead of right in front your body. Do not look at the ground; look up at all times.

TIP! A good tip about passing is try doing it without dribbling the ball. It’s tough to play basketball minus the dribbling, and it causes you to pass accurately.

If you experience a basketball injury, don’t keep playing. It’s easy to be hurt when playing basketball. You can quickly turn a strain into a debilitating medical issue if you do not take a break from the action. If an injury is serious, go to see a physician.

TIP! One great thing to do if you wish to be prepared while playing is to make sure your back isn’t turned to the ball. Always knowing where the ball is will make sure that you are ready if it quickly comes your way.

Boost your defensive abilities by studying the opposing team and its players. Review tapes and keep up with scouting reports. You should know if a player is right or left handed. Studying your opponent is one of the best ways to be able to win the game. A defender that is knowledgeable is an effective defender.

TIP! When you work out, try focusing on building core strength and bettering your footwork. If the core muscles are in good shape, you will feel lighter on your feet.

Practice looking the other way when passing. You can really confuse your opponents this way. When you do this right, looking this way will make the opponents go to the wrong place so that when you pass the other person has a better chance at making a shot. It can be quite powerful.

TIP! You should always be aware of the position of your feet and their actions. Stepping even over a baseline when you’re in possession of the ball will have you called out of bounds.

Make sure that you can see clearly. This will enable you to make good shots as well as catching passes that come your way. Your peripheral vision should be at its best. If you view the entire game without focusing on the ball, you’ll see defensive pressure advance, along with open teammates.

TIP! Look away when you practice passing. It can be very confusing to your opponents.

In order to improve your weaker hand, make use of it for everyday things, such as brushing your teeth, eating out of a spoon, etc. Try becoming ambidextrous outside of the court, and you will soon find that you do not have a weaker hand when playing basketball. Your basketball skills will benefit.

TIP! If you want to make the most of your layup, push up from the foot that is opposite the hand you will shoot from. This means that when you’re shooting from your right hand you have to use your left foot to take off.

When dribbling you want to keep your knees bent. Standing straight up lessens your ability to control the ball and increases the chances that it will be stolen. Just a little bending at the knees can make a huge difference in your overall ball control.

TIP! Build a routine to improve your free throw game. Inconsistency will ruin your shots.

Make sure you don’t pick up your dribble unless you are prepared for a shot or pass. Once you stop dribbling, you are extremely limited in your options. If you choose against passing or shooting, you are stuck pivoting in place. Then, you will be vulnerable to being double teamed by the opposition, and you are likely to have the ball stolen.

TIP! Make sure your vision is good. While it will allow you to catch passes and read the score, there is more to it than that.

Keep the activity below the knees if possible. This prevents your opponents from stealing the ball. Bend a little so you can keep the ball closer to the ground and move through the court as quickly as possible.

TIP! You should keep the ball below the knees if you’re able to. This will make it harder for opponents to get the ball away from you.

Keep your dribbling consistent until the time you want to confuse your opponent. Dribbling somewhat slowly, then suddenly dribbling fast might give you the opening you need to take a shot. Changing the speed also changes the sound which can be off-putting.

TIP! Practice rhythmic dribbling up until the point you wish to shake an opposing player. By dribbling consistently and then breaking it up into a different rhythm that’s fast, you can trick an opponent so you have more time to shoot.

Make sure that you are not stressed when shooting. Maintain focus on the basket. Specifically, you should train you eyes to concentrate on the backside of the basket rim while you are making the shot. If you are not doing a lay-up, it is best to look at the area from which the ball should bank off.

TIP! Foster a strong team camaraderie both on the court and off. A cohesive team is an effective team, and basketball teams are no exception.

Keep your eye on the ball, no matter whose hands it was in before it started to move. Rebounds represent a crucial component of any basketball game. Gaining possession on a turnover is always going to be a positive for your team.

TIP! Do not double dribble. This occurs whenever you resume dribbling after a brief pause.

Passing must be a crucial element in your game. Good passing skills will help you baffle your opponent. It also shows you value teamwork and this will be appreciated by your teammates. The time in games for you to showcase your personal talents will present itself. You will be able to show off your individual talents but you must also learn to be a team player.

TIP! Passing should be an integral part of your game. Your opponent will have a more difficult time stealing the ball if it is frequently being passed.

Pivoting is something you must do if you wish to get good at basketball. You have to practice the footwork you do so that you can pivot without giving it a second though. You also want to practice on not getting disoriented or getting your feet tangled up. Practice pivoting stance and work to react quickly when you obtain the ball.

TIP! It’s difficult to be an effective player if you are unable to pivot. A good basketball player can pivot without thought or tangling.

Understand your own weaknesses. Be completely honest with yourself. If you are repeatedly missing foul shots then focus your practice time on those, as opposed to the three pointer shots. If you like to bang in the lane, then you will need to become tougher and also work on your mid-range game. Keep working to build your strengths, as well as your weaknesses, and you will become a better all-around player.

TIP! When you are facing a zone defense, you must use a penetrating dribble. Getting past your defender and in the lane will make the other team collapse on the basketball or shift.

For basketball players with an advanced skill set, dribbling ends up being more mental than it does physical. You must understand the way a ball spins, the force it hits the floor with and how the ball bounce in coordination to how your body is positioned. Change your momentum and shift your body to keep your defenders on their toes.

TIP! When dribbling, be sure to bounce the ball with a lot of force. This will make it harder for any defender to pull off a steal from you.

Even if you only play basketball once in a while, these tips will help you out. Trying even a single new thing can greatly enhance your abilities. You can pass better, shoot better, rebound and make sure you get better all the time.