TIP! Free throws are as much mental as they are physical. Of course, you can show your body how to make free throws.

There’s always room for improvement in basketball. Things change all the time and you have to know that you have to learn more about the sport all the time. Are you interested in having a step-up on your opponents? Continue reading so that you can learn new things that may give you an edge.

TIP! A great way to bolster your basketball ability is to observe those who are considered to be the best in the sport. Go to games, watch them on TV and you can also watch videos.

Try learning how to hit free throw shots. The free throw shot might seem simple, but it can actually be pretty difficult. When practicing your free throw, concentrate on where you want the ball to go when it leaves your hands. To start off, hold the ball in front of you. Visualize the ball sailing into the hoop. Then try shooting the ball along the trajectory that was in your mind.

TIP! Keep your weight lifting to a minimum as a jump shooter. It’s important to be strong, but not too strong.

Teach yourself how a bounce pass can be properly thrown. If done properly, the pass will land near waist level with the opposite player. Remember you should bounce the ball approximately three-quarters of the distance between yourself and the receiving player. Many other factors will affect it, too.

TIP! You can learn to trick the opposing team. How about the behind the back pass? Use the dominant hand to hold onto the basketball when trying this pass.

Would you like to pull one over on your opponents? Trick them using a back pass. If you wish to try this pass, get the ball in your dominant hand. Then, move the basketball around your rear. Flip your wrist towards the site where you want the ball to go. It is an effective means of confusing your opponents.

TIP! One good way to always be ready for whatever happens on the court is to never turn your back on the ball. This will help you stay on top of quick changes in possession or plays attempted by your opponent.

Avoid errant passes by the use of hand signals. You can become easily frustrated when a teammate does a poor job of anticipating your next passing move. Avoid this using hand signals to see if they can get the pass. Without a signal, you should not attempt to pass the ball to a player.

TIP! Play a good defense by knowing your opponent. Follow the scouting reports and watch tapes of their games.

Video tape your games, and then review your technique later. While reviewing the tape, look for opportunities you may have missed during the game. You can use this information to improve your game. You can learn a lot by watching how you play and what you need to concentrate practicing on.

TIP! When you’re working out, concentrate on core strength building and your footwork. Your body will retain balance and move quicker when you have strong core muscles.

Use the foot opposite of the hand you shoot with for a better layup. If you normally shoot using your right hand, jump with your left. This helps to maintain balance throughout your body and allows you to use yourself as a barrier between the defender and yourself.

TIP! If your opponent is pressing hard, you can give yourself some room to work by dribbling the ball between your legs. Bounce the ball very hard through your legs while stepping to the front or the back.

In order to be good at rebounding the ball off a missed free throw, you must be quick with your feet. Be aware that the defender who is below you will start moving in your direction. Slip past him, and you can get the ball. In this way you can get the rebound without a foul.

TIP! Improve both forearms and hands to improve ball control. Wrist curls are great for working wrist muscles and improving your dribbling.

Dribble hard to avoid ball stealing. This makes the ball come back to you faster so the people on defense aren’t able to steal it as easily. If someone is guarding you closely, stop dribbling and pass to someone else who is open on your team.

TIP! In order to be good at rebounding the ball off a missed free throw, you must be quick with your feet. Use your feet to slip around the opposing player below you, then get into position for a rebound off the rim.

You want to keep your vision completely clear at all times. This will help you to secure the ball during the game. Great peripheral vision is an asset. If you watch the entire game instead of just focusing on the basketball, you will be able to see open teammates and oncoming defensive players.

TIP! Do drills where you try and get the basketball up a full-court in five dribbles or less. This might seem impossible at first, but if you achieve it, you will have remarkable stride length and speed.

An excellent way to have proper defensive posture is to remain in the correct stance. Slide sideways and use your back foot to push off in order to maintain the defensive stance in stride. Don’t forget not to cross your feet, and you won’t be easy to get around.

TIP! Be certain you are able to see well. Your eyesight will affect more than just making shots.

It can help your basketball skills when you strength train. In addition, stamina is important to the game, too. Even young kids can improve if they exercise the right way and strengthen their core. Use weights when they get older. The adult years are where strength training is crucial to maintain solid performance on the court.

TIP! An excellent way to have proper defensive posture is to remain in the correct stance. Slide your feet from side to side or push off with your opposing foot so that you are always in position.

To get better at three-point shots, work on shooting from the NBA three-point line. All the other three point lines are much closer than the NBA line. If you’re able to get the shot from where the NBA shoots, then you can start working from a range further than the defense expects.

Stop Dribbling

TIP! To succeed in basketball you should learn how to change the path of your opponent. It does not matter if you are on offense or defense, being able to control where the opposing player goes is very important.

Only stop dribbling if you want to shoot or pass. Once you stop dribbling, you are extremely limited in your options. Basically the only move you have at this point is to pivot while finding an opening to move the ball. This makes you open up to people that want to double team you and that means you are also more likely to get the ball stolen.

TIP! You should never double dribble. This happens when you stop dribbling and then begin again.

Keep a rhythm while dribbling to throw your opponents off. 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! Keep your anxiety level low when shooting. The basket should be the your main focus.

If a shot is taken from the corner and missed, the ball typically ends up across the court from the player. Place yourself in position after this shot is made. You can get more rebounds by anticipating the ball trajectory.

TIP! It is important to know what to do when the ball comes to you. Should you shoot it or pass it? Having a wide open shot is key to making it, instead of passing it off to someone who isn’t open, or shooting it yourself in that spot.

One way to force turnovers is to make your opponent change course. Whether you are playing offense or defense, gaining control over the path of your opponent is a critical skill. If you can master this skill then you determine where the ball is going, not your opponent.

TIP! When you’re dribbling, you should practice bouncing your ball very hard. The harder the ball is bounced, the more difficult it becomes for your opponent to reach in and steal the ball away from you.

As you come down from catching a rebound, land with your legs spread wider than the span of your shoulders to increase your balance. Put one hand on each side of the basketball, and hold it against your chest. Watch your elbows since hitting an opposing player is a foul.

TIP! Practice footwork. Pivoting is essential to ball handling, and different positions require different footwork.

With any luck, you are now ready to attack the court with a new sense of confidence. They are all designed to assist you become a better player. Never give up on the learning process and stay committed to regular practice. Keep these tips in mind and be the best basketball player you can be!