TIP! You can easily focus on offense when learning to play basketball, however, you must really focus how playing defense. In the end, it’s defense that consistently wins you games.

Basketball is for everyone, whether they be man or woman. Anyone anywhere can enjoy basketball. Your friends will definitely be impressed by your moves if you practice. What new skills do you mean? Keep reading to find out.

TIP! Learn how to throw a proper bounce pass. Bouncing the pass to the receiver should be at their waist.

Free throw practice is vitally important. This kind of shot seems easy, but it really is not. Practice a lot with the following method. Place the ball right in line with your face. Eye the basket and imagine the ball swishing down into it. Then repeat that when you take the shot.

TIP! Free throws are mental as well as physical. Your body can be trained to make free throws, but your mind has to be focused on success if you want to make the basket.

Put the emphasis on your strengths can help you to be a better basketball player. Even though your best abilities might not make you stand out each game, it is sure to help you contribute to the overall success of the team. Understand where you excel, and work on those talents until they are perfected.

TIP! Lifting weights too much can actually take away from your jump shot. Strong muscles are certainly useful for basketball, but you can overdo it if you plan to play on the perimeter.

Observing what the professionals do can be a great way to improve your game. Try to go to games, watch televised games, or check out videos of the pros playing. Every truly great player has unique skills that you can learn from.

TIP! Need to dupe the opposition? Consider the back pass. Hold the ball in your strong hand to start the pass.

Would you like to pull one over on your opponents? Try doing a back pass! Use your dominant hand to palm the basketball. Pull it behind you. Lastly, flick your wrist in the direction that you want the ball to land. It can be a dangerous maneuver that catches the other team off guard.

TIP! Try using hand signals to prevent passes in error. One of the more frustrating aspects of basketball is making a pass to a teammate at the same time they head to the basket.

To hold the ball right, spread your fingers out. This will help prevent the ball from getting away from you while dribbling. Do not allow your palm to come in contact with the ball either. Whether you are passing or shooting the ball, your fingers are the only part of your hand that should be touching the ball.

TIP! If you become injured when playing basketball, stop immediately. This sport is physically demanding and you can become injured.

Ask someone to take a video of you playing and watch it. Can you see chances that you missed or ways that you could have done better? Assess yourself honestly, but don’t be a harsh critic. It can be an eye-opener to see how you’re playing the game really, not just what you picture it to be.

TIP! Turning away from the ball can be a costly mistake in basketball. This will make you more aware of the court and you won’t be surprised when turnover potentials come up or quick passes.

Practice looking in the opposite direction when you make a pass. Your opponents can really get confused by this, as well. When you do it right, the opponents are going to think you’re moving in one direction. That way, the person you’ve given the ball to has a bit of time to look at the net to taking a shot. When completed correctly, it creates an awesome play.

TIP! Understanding your opponent is a good way to shut him down on defense. Study video tape on your opponent and read over any scouting reports.

To help you shoot better free throws you need to come up with a consistent routine. If you don’t have one, your accuracy may suffer. To better perfect free throw techniques, try using repetition via practicing one routine repeatedly. If you break your routine, you’ll start missing shots.

TIP! Practice dribbling with your weak hand as much as possible. Using both hands to dribble makes you a more effective player, especially when you’re trying to get past your opponent.

A good player on defense will annoy the heck out of the opponent and cause the other team to get flustered. Don’t let them get comfortable. An aggressive approach is an effective one for this purpose. Do not let them choose the plays to make. If don’t play aggressively, you opponent will run you down. You should make the initial move and throw them off.

TIP! You need to work on your forearms and your hands to handle the ball more efficiently. For example, you can improve dribbling skills by adding wrist curls to your routine.

Perform exercises to strengthen the muscles in your forearms and hands in order to maximize your ability to handle the ball. Consider wrist curls and and exercise machine that focuses on strengthening each finger individually. You will not be able to stand in one place and shoot. It is essential to move the ball around in order to succeed.

TIP! To get the rebound from the free throw your teammate is making, you need to do some fancy footwork. Slip around the defender moving your way and get the ball.

Take charges whenever you have the opportunity. Taking charges gives you a chance for earning a defensive stop, gives your team the ball, and gives one more foul called in your favor. This can throw off the opposing team and mess up their rhythm.

TIP! Dribble hard to make it less likely for the ball to be stolen. The ball bounces faster, giving the guard less time to steal.

Remain low when playing defense. You will become faster and react faster. Stay in your defensive stance all the time. When you block a shot, go back to a defensive form quickly.

TIP! Can you see well? This isn’t just so you can read the scoreboard and be able to make shots and catch passes. Your peripheral vision should be at its best.

If you want a 2-3 zone to be turned into a machine that traps, your two defenders that are guarding should wait until your point guard is around ten feet past mid court. Once your opponent is trapped, he will have no option but to make a pass. While this is happening, your forwards must sprint toward players in the wings. The point guard throws a pass that can be easily stolen by your forwards.

TIP! Changing your pace is key to keeping the offense on their toes. When you are getting closer to the net, put your foot out and straighten up your body.

For your weaker hand, to build skills, use it off-court for as much as you can, from brushing teeth to opening jars. If you’re able to become more ambidextrous, you are going to be able to better control it on the court. So, drill with the weaker hand and use in it in real life.

TIP! You can use your guards and point guard to trap an opponent with a 2-3 zone defense. The guards must then rush the opposing team’s point guard and create a trap.

Be sure to keep your knees bent while you dribble. It makes it much easier to control the ball while dribbling as opposed to standing straight up, which makes controlling the ball much harder. Some minor bending of the knees makes a big difference in your ability to control the ball.

TIP! Try practicing three pointers from the NBA range in order to be a more effective three point shooter. The line in every other league is closer.

Be sure you do the sort of off-court exercises that help you during games. Running, both sprints and long distance, can help your game. Weightlifting or resistance training improves your muscle tone. You will also gain aggression and confidence that will help you when shooting.

TIP! Keep dribbling until it is time to shoot or pass the ball. You have few options remaining to you after you stop dribbling.

To help maintain your balance when catching a rebound, try to land with your feet shoulder width apart. Hold the ball tightly against your chest with one hand on each side. Be careful with your elbows as hitting someone on the other team will be a foul.

TIP! Maintain a rhythm to the dribble until you are ready to surprise the opponent. The opposing player expects you to maintain that rhythm, so when you switch things up you create an element of surprise.

Now you can show your stuff off on the court. You are now in possession of some of the best kept secrets of basketball. Just remember that games are supposed to be fun, so take it lightly. Whatever the case, it is fun to win though!