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Millions of people love the game of basketball. By understanding the game, you can create a better experience for yourself. Read on to find out more.

For lightening fast dribbling, just like the pros, only use your finger tips on the ball. When you use all of your fingers, your dribbling will be much slower. Make this a part of your daily practice sessions until it becomes second nature to dribble with only the tips of your fingers.

If you need to improve your basketball shooting ability, practice as if you were really in a game. Rather than taking your time to throw the perfect shot, act as if there are defensive players around you, trying to distract you and take away the ball. This will help you shoot better under pressure and make the shots that count.

To become a good rebounder, learn how to box out your opponent properly. The idea is that when a shot is taken, you turn towards the basket and block your opponent from getting a good position to rebound. The best rebounders have mastered this skill and own the space right near the basket.

Watch professional basketball players on television. When learning basketball, it’s essential to see what the best out there do. Listen to what the announcers are saying, too. Quite often, they’ll point out smart plays and unique moves that were exceptionally done. These call-outs will help you improve your skills just by watching.

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.

A great way you can prepare for what happens on the basketball court is to avoid having your back to the ball. This provides court awareness and prevents you from unexpected turnovers or quick passes. When your eyes are constantly assessing the game, you will be better able to make easy shots.

Boost your defensive abilities by studying the opposing team and its players. You can read scouting reports and watch tapes to evaluate your opponents game. For example, you should know which of the players are left-handed and which are right-handed. Once you understand the opposition, you will now how to mount your defense. When you are prepared, you play better defense.

If your shooting is in a slump, take a look at your shoulders. If you have bad shoulder position it doesn’t matter how great you are the shot isn’t going to go in. Be sure that your shoulders square up in front of the hoop. If your right hand is your dominant hand, your right shoulder must be aligned with the rim. For left-handedness, the opposite is true.

Be aware of your own actions and the position of your feet. Out of bounds will happen with even one toe over the baseline of the lined play area on the court. The ball will be turned over on a walking call if too many steps are taken with no dribble action. You may get a foul call if you move your foot while you are attempting to take a charge, pick a charge or set a screen.

To stay hydrated while playing basketball outside on a hot day, make sure you drink plenty of water or sports drink before you head outside, and take a bottle with you. When you sweat, you not only lose water, but you lose electrolytes and sodium. Sports drinks like Powerade help you replace those and keep your edge on the basketball court.

To defend a person dribbling the ball, it is important to bring your arms up to the ball. When you reach for the ball, starting low means you hit the ball first and not the arm. Hitting the arm first means that you are going to foul — not end up with the ball.

Passing the ball is a necessary part of basketball. You should practice a variety of passing options and work to determine which pass is best for each situation. Try to make the simplest pass possible to ensure a successful transfer of the ball to a teammate. Pass the ball when your teammate is in a better position on the court or when you are being closely defended.

In order to play basketball you need to have good legs and be free from injuries. Unfortunately many people who play basketball develop injuries to their ankles. You can prevent these injuries by getting yourself a good pair of basketball shoes. Although they are pricier these days, it’s well worth it if you want to prevent those horrible ankle injuries.

When you’re working with defense, staying low is a good idea. This helps your reaction time against your opponent. Be in the correct defensive stance all the time. When you must break from your stance in order to block shots, make sure to return to form right away.

If you are weaker with one hand when it comes to dribbling, only dribble with that hand. In fact, take a ball with you wherever you go and practice while you are out and about. You will find your skills improve the more that you are able to practice with your bad hand.

Make sure your dribble is consistent until you decide to shake up the opposing player. By dribbling consistently and then breaking it up into a different rhythm that’s fast, you can trick an opponent so you have more time to shoot. The speed is important, but it works in tandem with the sound to disorient the player who is guarding you.

The thrills and excitement that basketball hold for legions of fans worldwide is tough to match. This being said, if you don’t understand the basics of the game, it is difficult to connect with what you are seeing. This article should give any aspiring basketball player the knowledge to improve their game.