TIP! Focus on your strengths to get better at basketball. Your talents might not make you a star, but when you make the most of your strengths, you might better contribute to your team.

Even the best professional doesn’t know everything about basketball. Basketball constantly changes, so learning all about it will help you keep up. Do you want to be a good player? Continue reading to gain the edge that you need to succeed.

TIP! Constantly practice layups. In a typical game, up to four-fifths of all shots are layups.

Dribble the ball correctly. Don’t use your palm, use your fingers. This provides you with much more ball control. Bounce the ball no higher than your waist and keep the ball at your side rather than in front. Keep your head up, do not stare down towards the ground.

TIP! Learn how to throw a proper bounce pass. Bounce passes need to be at waist level when received.

When dribbling, focus on what’s in front of you by keeping your head up. Anyone who watching the ball while they dribble surely needs to spend more time in the gym practicing. You can practice dribbling almost anywhere. If you walk to the store, dribble the ball. If you have to watch the ball, you will be unable to see whatever is going on at court level.

TIP! In order to handle the ball correctly, spread your fingers out. That makes sure that you don’t lose the ball when you hold it.

Pay attention to what you are good at. 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. Realize your limitations, and roll with your talents.

TIP! You must have a consistent practice routine if you want to learn to shoot free throws well. If you’re not consistent you’ll find yourself missing free throws.

Successful free throwing requires as much mental skill as it does physical skill. You’re able to train your whole body to do full free throw motions, but if you’re not mentally prepared, you will fail. Relax your mind and keep your concentration centered on the basket to make more of these freebies.

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TIP! An excellent way to have proper defensive posture is to remain in the correct stance. Use a shuffling side to side motion to ensure you are in position.

If you’re injured when playing basketball, don’t push through the pain. It’s easy to be hurt when playing basketball. If you try to keep playing, you can hurt yourself worse. If the pain is bad, visit a doctor.

TIP! As the point guard approaches within 10 feet of the middle of the court, your guards should take action and create a 2-3 trap. Once he passes mid court the guards should rush up on him.

Stay conscious of your foot motion and placement. If you step on the baseline, you will be out of bounds. Taking excessive steps while not dribbling results in a call of walking as well as a turnover. You can’t move a foot when you take a charge, pick or screen either, or it’s a foul.

TIP! In order to help develop your non-dominant hand, you should use that hand only when trying to open things, and also when brushing your teeth. If your ability to use that hand starts to improve, the benefits to your basketball playing talents will be substantial.

Launch your layup jumps from the foot that is opposite the hand you shoot with. So, if you shoot using your left hand, launch with your right foot. This helps to maintain balance throughout your body and allows you to use yourself as a barrier between the defender and yourself.

TIP! In order to better your shooting skills, you must practice shooting hundreds of times each day from various position on the court. Become better and better by practicing your fast dribble then stopping abruptly to make a shot.

Playing basketball well means developing good court “eyesight.” Your eyesight will affect more than just making shots. You need to have the best peripheral vision possible. Watching the whole court allows you to foresee future attacks from the opponent.

TIP! Practice dribbling while you switch your body’s momentum from one side to the other. Basketball games are fast and you will encounter different scenarios while dribbling.

A key play on defense is to draw a 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. This can throw off the opposing team and mess up their rhythm.

TIP! Use your non-dribbling hand as a barrier between your opponent and the ball. You can’t push with that arm, but it can serve as an obstacle that helps keep your opponent from reaching in.

To create a trapping machine in a standard 2-3 zone, have your two top defenders or your guards wait until point guard is about 10 feet from the time line or midcourt. Then they should run to the point guard and trap him. Then, have the forwards on blocks run to the wing players. The point guard will toss a pass that can easily be stolen by your forwards.

TIP! Be sure that off-court exercises are proper for playing on-court. Running sprints can make you faster on individual plays, while long-distance running helps you make it through a game with good stamina.

To make your three-point shot better, practice it from the minimum NBA approved distance. The standard line and college lines are much closer. You are less likely to be guarded, the farther you are from the basket.

TIP! Work together with the other players on the team. Basketball is one of those games that goes to another level when a team gels completely.

Avoid dribbling above your knees. This will make your opponent struggle to steal the ball from you. Although this means bending a bit, you will be able to move quickly down the court, particularly since you will be successfully avoiding those who are attempting to get the ball from you.

TIP! When coming down from a rebound catch, try to land and spread your legs wider than your shoulder span to better your balance. Hold the ball tightly against your chest with one hand on each side.

Be sure you do the sort of off-court exercises that help you during games. Sprinting exercises can help you to become faster, while running for long distances can assist you in making it through the whole game. In addition, lifting weights will improve your strength, and hopefully, your shot. You will develop a confidence and attitude that you make you a better shooter.

TIP! Your position immediately before and after a rebound can help determine whether or not you will keep possession. If you need to get up with power, use the strength of both legs when you jump and both arms to grab the ball.

Keep dribbling in the same rhythm, until finally you would like to throw the person guarding you off guard. Consistent dribbling disrupted by a sudden, fast pace will surprise your opponent, giving you the advantage. Speed and rhythm are two of the strongest advantages you can have to thwart the opposing team.

TIP! If you’re trying to guard a person that’s bigger than you are, try keeping between that person and the one in possession of the ball. This prevents them from getting easy passes, and hopefully prevents them from catching the ball and shooting it over your head.

Always practice from all spots on the court. Practice your grip and balance first. Off-balance shooting can happen, but it’s not as accurate. Pay attention to the air valve on the ball. Cover the valve with your palm, and spread your fingers around the ball.

TIP! Know where the ball goes when it is in the air. An important part of basketball is rebounding.

These tips should give you some food for thought at your next game or practice. Applying these tips will help you improve. Don’t stop practicing and learning. Keep these tips in mind and be the best basketball player you can be!