TIP! If you have the ball a lot, learn to execute a crossover. This is when the ball is moved from hand to hand.

Basketball is such a fun sport and loved by many. That said, it isn’t easy to master. Basketball is a sport that anyone can have fun with. Continue reading to learn how to play the game to the best of your ability.

TIP! Work on improving your strengths to become an even 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.

Free throws are an excellent skill to practice in your spare time. The free throw shot might seem simple, but it can actually be pretty difficult. This technique should be practiced often if possible. First, keep the ball in front of you and at eye level. Eye the basket and imagine the ball swishing down into it. Then try shooting the ball along the trajectory that was in your mind.

TIP! Frequent pass catching practice is important. When you practice, mix it up so that you can catch perfect passes and errant throws.

When dribbling, make sure that you look forward and keep your head up. If you have to ever look at the ball while dribbling, then you haven’t practiced that enough. Bring the ball no matter where you go. Practice in your home and wherever you walk. You will not be able to see what’s happening before you on the court while beholding the ball.

TIP! Lay off the weights if you are trying to become a jump shooter. While muscle mass is good for any basketball position, perimeter play requires less than other positions.

Don’t dribble during your drills. While this may be difficult, it gets you used to finding teammates and thinking on the run. Do not get frustrated if it it seems difficult at first, over time your team’s passes will become more accurate.

TIP! Would you like to pull one over on the other team? Trick them using a back pass. If you wish to try this pass, get the ball in your dominant hand.

Tricking the other team is a good way to win a game. The back pass is perfect for this. If you wish to try this pass, get the ball in your dominant hand. Then, move the ball so it is behind your back. Next, snap your wrist in the direction you want the ball to be moved to. This should should thoroughly fool your opponent.

TIP! Never play through an injury when playing basketball. The sport of basketball is very physical, which makes one susceptible to injury.

Basketball players of all ages benefit from exercises that strengthen their core. The concept encompasses the abdominal muscles, the hips and the lower back. The core links together all of the extremities and if it isn’t strong, they will be dealing with a limited athletic ability. A strong core helps you jump higher and run faster.

TIP! Keeping your fingers spread wide is important for holding onto the ball. This can help you to remain in control of the ball at all times.

To properly handle the ball, you have to spread your fingers out. This will help you keep a better grip on the ball. Your palm should touch the ball as little as possible. Fingers should be the only point of contact as you pass or shoot the ball at its target.

TIP! If your opponent is pressing hard, you can give yourself some room to work by dribbling the ball between your legs. Practice bouncing the basketball forcefully between your legs while stepping forwards and backwards.

Speed is a key attribute in the game of basketball. Always stay ahead of the opposition. To speed up the pace of your play, you need to keep practicing. Do not play beyond you capabilities, however. If you play basketball past your own speed ability, then you can lose control of you game with bad passes and needless turnovers.

TIP! Your forearms and hands should be strengthened in order for you to handle the ball better. Try doing some wrist curls as they are particularly effective in honing your dribble skills.

Always be aware of the locations of your feet and what they’re doing. If you slide onto the baseline, you will lose the ball for being out of bounds. Taking excessive steps while not dribbling results in a call of walking as well as a turnover. Avoid lifting your feet when you are screening or in position for a charge or the foul will be called on you instead of your opponent.

TIP! Try to keep the ball in your line of sight at all times. This is not just to make reading the scoreboard easier, but also to facilitate the making of shots and catching of passes.

To get more out of layups, take off using the foot that;s the opposite of your shooting hand. If you use your right hand to shoot, use your left foot to take off. This will keep your body properly balanced with forward momentum.

TIP! Don’t leave your defensive stance. You will always be in a defensive position if you slide your feet one way and then the other and push off using your opposing foot.

Perform drills in which you move the ball up the court in just five dribbles. This can seem impossible, but if you do it, you’ll get incredible speed and length. In games, this drill will become useful when you have fast break opportunities.

TIP! Changing your pace is key to keeping the offense on their toes. When you running towards the basket, try planting the front foot and start straightening up.

A key play on defense is to draw a charge. By taking a charge, your team will get the ball. This can hurt the other team’s players psychologically and can also be powerful when you’re creating plays.

TIP! You should always bend your knees while dribbling. If your knees are not bent, the basketball will be more difficult to control.

You should always bend your knees while dribbling. You will have a hard time controlling the ball if you always stand straight and opponents will be able to steal the ball. Just a little bending at the knees can make a huge difference in your overall ball control.

TIP! You have to practice hard every day if you desire to step up your outside shooting game. Try to practice a hard dribble followed by a quick shot.

You can improve your shooting skills by practicing with shots from different spots on the court. An even better way to improve your accuracy is to practice shooting after pulling up from a dribble. Focus on the target when airborne, but never before. Doing so allows you to move more precisely and with greater accuracy.

TIP! You should make sure when practicing dribbling that you shift from one hand to the other. This will have you ready for a game, when you will need to move any direction on a moment’s notice.

Make sure your dribble is consistent until you decide to shake up the opposing player. Dribbling somewhat slowly, then suddenly dribbling fast might give you the opening you need to take a shot. Not only the speed change, but the sound change is what confuses them most.

TIP! Control the ball at a level that is below your knees. The other team’s players will have a difficult time stealing the basketball from you.

Anticipate where the ball will go. For instance, corner shots usually bounce off the rim, ending up on the opposite side. Figure out where it will be and rebound the ball.

TIP! To become a great player talk with your teammates and learn what they have planned. Each team has multiple players on it.

You should be have ways to alter the path your opponent is planning on taking. It is irrelevant whether you are playing defense or offense; in both cases, your ability to control the direction of your opponent is critical. That will ensure you control the game.

TIP! Having good positioning on the court when trying to grab a rebound will help you keep the ball. Improve your balance a power by using both feet to jump and use both hands to grab the ball.

Take advantage of a player that shows weakness with a particular hand by forcing them to that side. If they’re right handed, step into them using your left foot; this will force them to switch sides. Be prepared to grab the ball by keeping your body low and your head parallel to their torso.

TIP! You should try to remain calm while you are shooting. Keep focused on the basket.

When the person you are tasked with guarding is bigger than you, remain in front of them. In this position you prevent them from receiving a pass and shooting it over your head.

TIP! Keep your eye on the ball whenever it leaves any player’s hands. Rebounds are terribly important to the game.

Do you feel ready to show others your game? You might, but you need to practice before you can do that. Bring high energy, motivation and excitement to your game. You should soon see improvements to your skills all thanks to using these tips.