TIP! Figure out how to perfect your free throw. These shots look easy on television, but are actually hard when you are doing the shooting.

Basketball is something tons of people enjoy. No matter if you watch championships, play on your own team, or just play in your yard, it’s a sport that’s here to stay. If you enjoy playing the game, you can enjoy it even more if you improve your skills. These tips will help you become a better player.

TIP! Free throws require as much mental focus as physical skill. You must train both your body and your mind.

You need good balance when you shoot. You’ve seen the pros fall out of bounds when trying to shoot 30 feet from the basket; this is a bad move. These shots are improvisational and usually desperate attempts. Point your feet towards the basket, guide the ball with your weaker hand and push the ball away with your strong hand whenever you shoot the basketball.

TIP! Would you like to pull one over on the other team? How about the behind the back pass? If you wish to try this pass, get the ball in your dominant hand. With that same hand, bring the ball around your back.

Asking for feedback from coaches and teammates about your playing is important in order to become a stronger player. Are you really good at any one thing? They may say that you are a great team defender or are always playing with excellent speed. Discover what other people feel are your strongest skills and then set about perfecting them.

TIP! If you have a child that is strength training for basketball, their core muscles should be properly developed. The concept encompasses the abdominal muscles, the hips and the lower back.

Being able to anticipate your opponent is a key skill. Follow the scouting reports and watch tapes of their games. Figure out which people are right or left handed. Once you understand the opposition, you will now how to mount your defense. A defender that has knowledge will be a strong one.

TIP! Footwork is the best way to find an opening shot. While actually being beneath the basket is key, establishing a good position prior to the opposition is even more so.

If you find yourself unable to shoot well, consider your shoulders. When your shoulders are not properly positioned, then it is almost impossible to perform at your best. You’ll want to ensure that your shoulders are squared up towards the hoops. Your dominant shoulder should also be lined up perfectly with the rim.

TIP! Understanding your opponent is a good way to shut him down on defense. Follow the scouting reports and watch tapes of their games.

It’s important to know where you have your feet and also what they’re doing. You want to make sure you don’t step over the bounds by even a teeny bit. Also, you can cause a turnover if you walk without dribbling the ball. Also, moving either foot when trying to set a screen, pick or take a charge results in a foul call.

TIP! It can help you when you pass through your legs. Step forward and back while dribbling the ball between your legs hard.

If you have someone who can tape your game, you can view the recording to see how well you performed on the court. Are you able to see what you’ve missed or things that you could improve on? Stay honest when you’re assessing yourself, but don’t over criticize yourself either. You can learn a lot by watching how you play and what you need to concentrate practicing on.

TIP! Practice passing while not looking in the direction of the pass. This will confuse your opponents.

If you are being heavily guarded, a pass between your legs might help. To practice, simply bounce the basketball between your legs while stepping either forward or backwards. Mastering this skill will provide you with a major advantage on the court.

TIP! A routine can enable your free throw percentage to rise. Failure to use consistency may make your shots less accurate.

Build a consistent routine for your free throws. If you aren’t consistent, you won’t make the basket. Practicing your free throw again and again is the only way to perfect it. If you break your routine, you’ll start missing shots.

TIP! Perform exercises to strengthen the muscles in your forearms and hands in order to maximize your ability to handle the ball. Wrist curls are great for working wrist muscles and improving your dribbling.

A good defensive strategy will keep your opponent on their toes. Get them outside their comfort zone. Display aggressiveness in your chosen moves. Never let them control the game plays. Your opponent will take any opportunity to give you the run around. To avoid this, stay aggressive and try to interrupt their thought patterns and rhythm.

TIP! In order to be good at rebounding the ball off a missed free throw, you must be quick with your feet. Defenders will start to move at you, so you need to get around them to grab the ball.

Dribble very hard to prevent the opposing team players from stealing the ball. A good hard dribble brings the ball back to you much faster, leaving less time for the opponent to steal it from you. If another player is getting too close to you, it is best to pass the ball if a teammate is open.

TIP! Hard dribbling helps avoid stolen balls. This causes the ball to return to your hand more quickly, so the offense has less time to try to get it away from you.

Keep your knees loose when you dribble the ball. If your knees are not bent, the basketball will be more difficult to control. To help out your ball control, try bending the knees.

TIP! Do drills where you try and get the basketball up a full-court in five dribbles or less. This may seem to be too difficult at first, but once you’re able to do it you’ll have a lot of speed and stride length.

Try practicing three pointers from the NBA range in order to be a more effective three point shooter. The line in every other league is closer. Nailing shots from the NBA line can really help improve your overall shooting skills.

TIP! You should keep the ball below the knees if you’re able to. This will make it harder for opponents to get the ball away from you.

Switch your body’s weight from side to side while practicing your dribbling. During a game, you’ll be dribbling in all kinds of situations. While the court may be open at times, this only means you’re likely to get swarmed. Remember to dribble while leaning in various directions. This allows you to extricate yourself from high-pressure situations.

TIP! Be sure your exercise off the court is going to help you on the court. Sprinting exercises can help you to become faster, while running for long distances can assist you in making it through the whole game.

Be sure you do the sort of off-court exercises that help you during games. You can run longer distances to build up stamina. To build speed, try doing wind sprints. Both are necessary for playing good ball. To play more physically, lift weights to make yourself a more dominating presence. The resulting sense of confidence and power will help when you shoot.

TIP! Communication with your team mates is crucial to your overall success. Your actions and strategies must not be kept to yourself.

There are many things you can do to improve your moves. A lot of them are easy as learning the techniques and practicing them. Practice makes perfect, and basketball is no exception. It helps to be near a basketball net as often as possible. Take what you have learned here to make the most out of your next basketball game.