Basketball is exciting to watch but it is much more fun to play. Loving it an playing it are two separate things, however. You must have certain skills to do the latter. The tips in this article will help you improve your game whether you are a complete beginner or have been playing for years.

Learn the mechanics of a free throw. This looks easy, but it is actually very hard to do. The following technique should be practiced often. First, keep the ball in front of you and at eye level. Maintain focus on the basket and try to visualize your basketball falling through the hoop. Bend your knees to control the arc of the ball.

TIP! You need to keep your balance if you’re shooting. While the all-time greats have shown time and time again how they can shoot while off-kilter, this is not the ideal way to score.

Work on improving your strengths to become an even better player. Your skills may not turn you into the star player, but knowing how to make the most of your skills will make you a more valuable player. Perfect what you can do well by practicing and developing the strengths you already have.

Passing the ball is an important part of playing basketball so practice making and receiving passes. During practice you should come up with drills where you perfect catching bad passes along with the good ones. This will help to improve your game when it gets intense. So do your teammates a favor by learning how to consistently haul in their less than perfect passes.

If you have a child that is strength training for basketball, their core muscles should be properly developed. Focus on hips, lower back and abs. The core links together all of the extremities and if it isn’t strong, they will be dealing with a limited athletic ability. A strong core helps the legs move better, like jumping higher and running faster.

TIP! If you want to improve your basketball game, you must identify and intensify your strengths. Your strengths might not make you a star player, but you’ll be contributing a lot to your team.

If you want to correctly handle the ball, you need to know where to place your fingers. That makes sure that you don’t lose the ball when you hold it. In addition, keep your palm off of the ball. Remember to maintain contact with the ball through your fingers only.

If you’re quick on the basketball court, you have a built in advantage. If you want the advantage, you’ve got more quickly. It takes steady drilling to play fast. Avoid playing faster than your abilities allow. If you play too quickly, you lose control over the ball and the match.

Practice your footwork and control the position of your feet at all times. Out of bounds will happen with even one toe over the baseline of the lined play area on the court. Going too many steps with no dribbling is a waking call and turnover situation. Do not move your feet when attempting to set up a screen, a foul can be called.

TIP! Free throws are mental as well as physical. With everyone watching, it can be easy to allow the pressure to interfere with your game.

If the opposing team is guarding you to much, you can try a pass between your legs. Bounce the ball very hard through your legs while stepping to the front or the back. If you get this down, you will have a major advantage on the court.

You must be able to box out other players when attempting to rebound free throws. Slip around the defender moving your way and get the ball. This helps you avoid the foul call and also grab the rebound.

Trip up the offense by constantly changing your pace. Try to block the net by planting your foot hard. Your opponent will see you as stopping, then will also stop themselves. When they do this, run ahead and push yourself forward.

TIP! If you get injured while playing basketball, do not try to play through the pain. It is possible to receive an injury when playing basketball because it is a sport that is physically challenging.

Make sure you don’t pick up your dribble unless you are prepared for a shot or pass. When you cease dribbling, you’re really limiting your options. Your only option, besides shooting or passing, is to use your back foot to pivot. This situation leaves you vulnerable to a double team by the defense, and you risk losing the ball.

Try using your non-dribbling hand like a barrier between the ball and your opponent. You never want to push the opponent with your hand, but it is possible to use your free hand to secure the ball. Keep it slightly up when you dribble with your opposite hand.

Practice shooting the ball from many different areas in order to improve your ability. Start by practicing grip and balance. You’re much more accurate if you are balanced well. You can use the valve to find your perfect grip. Spread the fingers on your writing hand, and cover the valve with your palm.

TIP! Ask fellow team members what they like about your skills on the court. They will probably notice the things you do best.

For example, a misfired shot launched from the corner of a basketball court usually hits the net, bounces off the site, and lands on the opposite side. Attempt to catch the resulting rebound by watching the angle from which it was shot.

Make a strong team both off and on the basketball court. You will be amazed at the difference in the level of your team’s play when everyone is on the same page. When you feel like your team is part of your family, you have mutual trust. This bond will bring your game to new levels.

If you know your opponent has a weak hand, make them use it. Step toward their strong side with your foot to force them to react by switching sides. Your head and their chest should be parallel so your body is primed to snatch the ball.

TIP! Turning away from the ball can be a costly mistake in basketball. This helps keep you aware of the action, and it takes away the surprise factor.

Try to calm your nerves in order to become a top-notch scorer. Concentrate on the basket throughout your shot. Specifically, keep your eyes trained on the rim’s back. On a lay-up your eyes should instead be trained on the backboard to help you lay the ball off against.

Basketball is enjoyed by people from all different backgrounds. To truly enjoy the game, a player must possess both skill and knowledge. Use these tips to become an even better basketball player.