Basketball is loved by millions of people across the globe. It may not have the exposure that other sports like soccer have achieved, but it still a fan favorite in many households. If you have ever watched a basketball game with the family and wished that you were able to play as well as the pros, you should continue reading.
When shooting a basketball, it is important to follow through. This means that you extend your arms out completely and flick your wrists as you release the ball. This gives the ball extra force and speed. This force and speed allow you to make long-distance shots that you normally wouldn’t be able to make.
Make layups a part of your daily practice regimen. Almost 80% of shots will be layups. When you practice, run full speed ahead at the basket, jump, and shoot. Knowing how to run and jump quickly and smoothly will assist you in knowing how to leap and shoot more effectively while playing.
Practice as many different shots as you can. You never know when you will need one during a game. If you only practice bank shots, then you will feel less comfortable making a 3-point shot or a lay-up. Practice them all and you will see improvements in all of your shots.
Improve your offensive game by mastering the shot fake. With this move, players think you are going to shoot the ball, so they will jump up. Don’t really shoot the ball yet; instead, use this opportunity to maneuver around them and take your shot. They will be caught off guard and won’t have a chance to defend you.
Learn how to be patient and trust your teammates during games. Many players fall into the trap of not passing the ball and trying to do it all themselves. You need to trust them and pass the ball. This is a team sport and passing is part of what helps your team win games.
Remember that refs don’t see, catch or call everything. You’re going to get fouled sometimes and not hear the whistle. Just remember that works both ways. You will also get away with some fouls that aren’t called. Respect the refs, but remember that they don’t determine the winner and loser.
In order to steal a ball from a dribbler without fouling him, start with your hands low and bring them up toward the ball cakra slot. This way you hit the ball first with your hand and knock it away. If you start with your hands high and swipe downward, you are going to hit his arm and get called for a foul.
To get a jump shot off without having it blocked, release it at your nose or even higher. If your release point is at your chest or even your chin, it is much easier for even a shorter defender to block it. A higher release point means that your shot is more likely to go over that defender.
Now is the time to get the ball and hit the courts. Remember the ideas that you have read here and apply them during the game. Impress your friends and take the lead with each play that you make. You no longer have to be the last guy picked for the teams.