Have you been searching all over the place looking for great tips on how to play basketball? Maybe you're just seeking out some nifty little tricks the pros use? No matter what the reason is, this article offers amazing tips and tricks that are simple to learn and will help you improve your skills.

Every shot should have an arc. The ball should arc at the highest point, then began descending toward the goal. This arc helps keep the ball on course. Learn how to consistently shoot using the same arc for best results. As you practice, you will learn what works best for you.




Always follow through when shooting. A great way to practice is to hold your follow through until the ball goes in the basket or misses. This will give you some clues on why you missed a shot or where you need to strive for consistency. Watch how other players follow through and follow their lead.

When shooting, always arc the shot, never throw straight. You have a much better chance of making your baskets when there is an arc on your shots. If you do not know how much arc to put into your shooting, find one that works best for you during practice and try to consistently produce the same arc during games.

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.

Improve your passing abilities by challenging yourself to perform drills without actually dribbling. It is a challenge not to dribble while playing, but it will ensure the accuracy of your team's passes. Keep your emotions in check if quality passing is not happening right away as it takes time to perfect this part of the game.

Stay low when playing defense. Keep your shoulders lower than the offensive player you are guarding will give you a better chance of moving more quickly. A lower stance will help you play the ball as well. Try to remain about an arm's length away. When you get too far away, the other player can shoot easily.

Picking the right basketball shoe can be very important to your game. If you need support for your ankles, choose a high top sneaker. Make sure that the sole of the shoe has enough traction to prevent slipping. Always buy a shoe that is the correct size by having your feet measured at a sporting goods store.

Always know what spots on the court players are good at scoring from. You want to know this about yourself so you can make high percentage shots. You want to know this about teammates so you can pass the ball to them when they are in a killspot and open. When possible, know this about opponents in order to defend them better.

Make your forearms and hands stronger so you can handle the ball better. For example, you can improve dribbling skills by adding wrist curls to your routine. Never assume you can just stand somewhere, catch and then shoot. Things rarely happen unless you are actually moving the basketball.

Good footwork will help you get rebounds off your teammates' foul shots. You'll have a defender coming at you and this means you have to figure out what can be done to get around them. This will get you a rebound without having to commit a foul.

Move without the basketball. Running the baseline has advantages. You can possibly lose your defender in the paint for a second and become open. At the very least you might distract the ball defender's attention for just a second. Even if you can't get open, set a screen for who has the ball.

If you're playing the guard position, having good court vision is an absolute key to success. You should always keep your eyes moving and focus on what's happening around you. Learn how to dribble the ball with your head up. Looking down while dribbling will mean you can't see what's happening on the court.

Stick with full court basketball during practice. It might be fun to play some half court ball games, but you aren't teaching your team how to deal with the full court. Plus, the rules of a half court game may be quite different than a full court game. It's best to practice what you'll be doing during game time.

The only thing you should ever pay attention to outside of the rectangle of the court is your coach yelling. Don't mind what the fans are cheering or booing, or even how many people are in attendance. Certainly never listen to your parents. Your coach let you on the team and decides your playing time, not mom and dad.

Incorporate lots of squats into your basketball training. Squats help to increase the natural elasticity of the legs and buttocks. When you need to propel yourself down the court, speed is imperative and demands strong legs. Squats will also do wonders for your jump shot and dunks. Bring weights into your squats and you will create a winning combination.

Dribble in a rhythmic way until you desire to catch the opposing player off guard. Dribble consistently, then break it up by dribbling fast. This will keep your opponent off balance so you can get in a good shot. Speed and rhythm are two of the strongest advantages you can have to thwart the opposing team.

The best rebounders can guess where a ball will go. As you practice, throw a ball at the net and see how it reacts. After a while you will begin to see patterns which will help you expect where you should be when the ball goes over the net and comes back at you.

Getting great tips and tricks can help improve anyone's game of basketball. You too can become a better player by practicing these simple tricks you've learned here. So don't just sit by and watch everyone else, get out on the court and practice those neat little tricks you've just learned
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