TIP! Learn the best way to make your free throws. As easy as these shots may seem, they are rather hard.

Basketball is a great game for men, women and children. People of all races, creeds, colors, genders and ages enjoy basketball the world round. You can play competitively or play a pick-up game at your neighborhood basketball court. Basketball is a complex sport so there is always opportunity to improve your game. Keep reading to learn what sorts of things you can do.

TIP! Would you like to fool the opposing team? Give the back pass a try! You want to grip the basketball with your strongest hand. Move the ball so that it is behind you.

Learn proper dribbling. Don’t use your palm to dribble, but use your fingertips instead. You’ll have a lot more control over the ball this way. Dribble on the sides of your body instead of directly before you, and bounce it waist level. You should always look upwards instead of at the ground.

TIP! When avoiding errant passes, use hand signals. It can be frustrating passing to a teammate when you’re both heading to the basket.

Improving your balance means improving your shots. Falling when you make a shot is not the right way to shoot. Professional basketball players tend to improvise when need be. Keep your balance so you can consistently win points.

TIP! Proper handling of the ball requires that your fingers be spread apart. This makes sure that it does not escape away from your grip.

Making free throws are almost as much a mental part of the game as they are a physical part. You may know how to make a free throw but if your focus is off, then you will miss. Relax, take your time and be focused.

TIP! To get better at shooting free throws, make sure to keep a consistent pre-shot routine. This can include the number of times you dribble, how you position your feet, or anything else.

You can improve your skills by paying attention to how the pros play. You can follow the pros in online videos, on TV and you can also attend a basketball game if there is a pro team in your area. You’ll see that every great player has specific skills that cause them to be great and you have the opportunity to practice what you’re watching them do.

TIP! You need to constantly disrupt your opponents in order to be a great defensive player. Do not allow your opponent to become comfortable with their style, or yours.

Practice playing a man-to-man defense and zone defense. The majority of the game is in that area, but be careful about a team who changes things up. Be sure to practice for this eventuality so you will not become rattled and lose the game.

Practicing Alone

TIP! When you have the chance, take charge. By taking charge you can create a defensive stop so you can get the ball, and allows you to create setups so that the opponent will foul you.

You can play basketball solo before and during the season. Even though you play on a team, practicing alone can be helpful. That is okay. You can accomplish a lot by practicing alone. Work on free throws or three pointers. You can always hone your skills when practicing alone.

TIP! Strength training can improve your game. In addition, stamina is important to the game, too.

Unseen passes can be avoided when proper hand signals are used by teammates. One of the most challenging aspects is trying to send the ball to your teammate as they are going for the basket. You can get around that when you use hand signals, if a player can receive a pass. If the person doesn’t make a signal the person shouldn’t get passed to.

TIP! If you wish to get your weaker hand built up, you need to use it to brush your teeth and to do other simple tasks. Being more dexterous means you will have better control.

Focus on your footwork and your core strength in your workouts. Your body will be able to move quicker and be more balanced when you have srong core muscles. The most important muscle groups include your back, stomach, and pelvic region. Your speed and footwork can be improved by jumping rope.

TIP! Keep dribbling in the same rhythm, until finally you would like to throw the person guarding you off guard. Dribbling somewhat slowly, then suddenly dribbling fast might give you the opening you need to take a shot.

You need to be quick to play good basketball. Speeding up the temp allows you to out-quick your opponent. You have to be steady as you play quickly. However, don’t try to be faster than you’re physically able to be. If you try to rush your play, and can’t keep up, you will turn the ball over or make unforced mistakes.

TIP! If you want to perform your best in basketball, you need to eat well. When you play regularly, you need plenty of carbs for more energy, along with protein and fats.

You need to work on your forearms and your hands to handle the ball more efficiently. Wrist curls are great for bettering your ball handling in basketball to the point where you could practically do it sleepwalking. You will not be able to stand in one place and shoot. Motion is key to being successful on the court.

TIP! Always know the angles the ball is likely to take if it misses a goal. Positioning yourself on the opposite side of the basket will increase your chances of getting the rebound.

A good drill to try is the five dribble drill. You try to get the ball the entire length of the court in only five dribbles. This may seem like an impossible challenge, but it will increase your stride length and your speed. That translates to smooth layups during fast breaks.

TIP! You need to be able to alter your opponents path. It is irrelevant whether you are playing defense or offense; in both cases, your ability to control the direction of your opponent is critical.

You should ensure that you can clearly see. This is not just to make reading the scoreboard easier, but also to facilitate the making of shots and catching of passes. You want to be sure that your peripheral vision is at its best. If you’re looking around the whole court and not only at the ball, you’ll be able to look to the defense to see if pressure is coming and you can see who’s open.

TIP! Do not double dribble. When you stop dribbling and then begin again is double dribbling.

Use a 2-3 zone as a way to trap opponents. You can do this by having guards wait for the point guard to come at least 10 feet past midcourt. They can then trap the point guard. As your guards are doing this, send your forwards out to the outside opponents. The point guard will toss a pass that can easily be stolen by your forwards.

TIP! Learn about your opponents so you can force them to play your game, not theirs. For example, take a step to your right to force a right-handed player to step out of his or her comfort zone.

Use wrist curls to increase the strength in your weaker arm. The more dextrous you become with it in your daily life, the better able you will be to control it. This also can significantly help your basketball game.

TIP! You should try to remain calm while you are shooting. You have to focus directly on the basket.

You can now be confident in your ability to play basketball. You may know some things that some of your friends aren’t aware of. Drill as much as you can but remember that playing basketball should be fun. Apply the knowledge you have learned here and you will be winning games and having fun in no time!