TIP! It is easy to be focused on offense when you are learning how to play basketball, but you really should focus your practice on defense. In the end, it’s defense that consistently wins you games.

Basketball is something that people find to be fun and lots of people love it. However, it’s not easy to be the best talent in the game. Even if you aren’t the most athletic person in the world, you can still enjoy playing the game. Read on so you are able to get some information that can help you improve your game, or understand it a bit better.

TIP! Dribbling the ball the right way needs to be done. When dribbling the basketball, use your fingertips rather than the palm of your hand.

Learn to correctly dribble the ball. Finger tips, not palms, are the key to successful dribbling. Using your fingertips provides you with more control. When dribbling the basketball you should bounce it to your side instead of right in front. Keep your eyes up, not on the ground.

TIP! In order to be a great shooter, good balance is key. You’ve seen the pros fall out-of-bounds and shoot a basket up to 300 feet away, however, this isn’t proper technique.

When dribbling, your head must be up, and you need to look forward. If you’ve got your eye on the ball while you’re dribbling, you haven’t mastered it yet. Bring your ball along when you go out. On your way to the grocery store, practice your dribbling. Remember, if you are directly staring at the ball, there’s no way for you to see what’s happening on the court.

TIP! Free throws have a huge mental element to them. You must train both your body and your mind.

You need to keep your balance if you’re shooting. While the all-time greats have shown time and time again how they can shoot while off-kilter, this is not the ideal way to score. They are going with the flow when this occurs. You need the right balance to shoot; it is the only way to eventually make consistent baskets.

TIP! Make sure to practice catching passes. You want to practice catching perfect passes and bad passes.

If you want to improve your game, play up your strengths. 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. Figure out what you do well at and then you can practice that until you perfect it.

TIP! Before, during and after the season, play out games by yourself. While it’s a team sport, you may not be able to find others that will play.

You should practice pass catching regularly. When you practice, drill yourself to pay attention to errant throws and passes that are picture perfect. Some passes may be too high, too low or off target, so you should practice receiving passes often. Help your teammates by learning what you need to haul in those imperfect passes.

TIP! Keep your eye on the ball. This provides court awareness and prevents you from unexpected turnovers or quick passes.

You can improve your passing skills by practicing a simple drill where dribbling is forbidden. Passing drills with your team is important for accurate passes during game time, and you can try doing them without dribbling at all. Work through the initial frustration and see how the challenge will improve your game in the long run.

TIP! Play a good defense by knowing your opponent. Pay attention to how they play.

If you want to be a jump shooter, avoid pumping iron excessively. While muscle mass is good for any basketball position, perimeter play requires less than other positions. Some shooting guards that play professionally have such big arms that their field goal rate went down.

TIP! Always be aware of your feet. Out of bounds will happen with even one toe over the baseline of the lined play area on the court.

Would you like to fool the opposing team? Give the back pass a try! To do this pass, hold on to the ball with your dominant hand. Now, pull it behind your back. Flip your wrist towards the site where you want the ball to go. This will confuse the other team into wondering where the ball went.

TIP! Have a friend or family member tape your games so you can view how you appear on the court. You may see things differently as you observe the game and notice things you missed in the game.

Before, during and after the season, play out games by yourself. Basketball is usually a team sport, but just because you can’t find others, doesn’t mean you have to just stop thinking about it. That is okay. It is possible to get a lot done even when playing alone. Practice free throws and layups. There is no shortage of things you can do.

TIP! For more consistency in making those free throws, stick with the same sequence of motions before you take each shot. For example, you might tug your ear, dribble three times, or flex your wrists.

Don’t play while injured or else your injury will worsen. Basketball is very challenging physically, and this can cause further serious injury. Being tough is one thing, but playing through injury can only harm you even further and make the problem much worse. Be sure to talk to a doctor if you feel that the injury isn’t going away.

TIP! Try practicing looking in the opposite direction when you pass. This is a great technique in order to help confuse the opponents.

Do not release your defensive stance. You need to learn how to slide your feet instead of crossing one foot in front of the other. Keep in mind that your feet shouldn’t cross and this should make you good at defense.

Dribble the ball below knee level. Your opponents will find it tougher to steal the ball from you. Practice moving quickly while dribbling below knee level.

TIP! To avoid turning the ball over to the other team, make sure that you’re dribbling hard. This is because the ball returns to you hand faster, so the opposing team has less of a chance to get it.

Use the hand you are not dribbling with to keep your defender away from the ball. You don’t need to push any opponents since that’s a foul, but try using your non-dribbling arm like a separator for keeping the ball safe. This move helps to keep the ball protected and you in control of it.

TIP! Never break your defensive stance when playing ball. Use your opposite foot to push with or slide your feet around.

To keep your opponent on their toes, keep your dribbling steady and regular, then surprise them. A consistent dribbling broken up by a fast paced dribble can surprise your opponent and give you a major edge for a shot. The speed is important, but it works in tandem with the sound to disorient the player who is guarding you.

TIP! Control the ball at a level that is below your knees. This prevents your opponents from stealing the ball.

Show people your new skills! Well, you should probably get to work on doing some practice. Get pumped, get fired up, get on it, and get out on the court and play the game! You’ll soon realize you’re a much better player by using these tips.