4 Basketball Drills to Improve Your Game

You want to improve your game you have to work for it. Michael Jordan used to practice every night in his teenage years to reach the level he achieved. But before you can practice you need to now how to. So here are 4 practice drills to get you started.

Ball Handling Drill:

This drill is great for improving your hand strength and hand-eye coordination. You start with firmly slapping the ball for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Once finished, you quickly bounce the ball back and forth off of the fingertips of your hands for 1 minute. Then you will rotate the ball around your head 10 times quickly, then around your waist, your legs together, then each individual leg, all 10 rotations each, then you do it again but reverse the rotation.

Dribbling Drill:

Your dribbling will become much smoother after doing this enough. Start off in the universal stance, where your legs are spread apart and your knees bent, dribble in a figure-8 shape around your legs for 2 minutes. Then, maintaining the same stance, you will powerfully dribble the ball once with your right hand then cross it over, between your legs, to the other hand. From there, cross back over, in front of your body, back to the other hand, and repeat that for 2 minutes. Then do it in reverse, starting with the left hand, for another 2 minutes.

Agility Drill:

Your agility and endurance will be greatly improved after performing this drill, commonly known as the ladder. You start at the baseline of the court and sprint to the free-throw, do a quick turn, then sprint back to starting position. Then sprint to half-court and back, other side’s free throw then do a full court sprint, then back. Then do it all in reverse. Try to aim for 3 to 5 of these.  Here is a look at some other agility drills.

Shooting Drill:

You need to practice your shot if you want to gain that laser accuracy. Start off by choosing at least 8 positions around the court where you shoot from most during a game. From each spot, shoot at least 20 to 40 times, completing all shots at one position before moving to the next. Once completed for all positions, practice your lay up shot, 20 to 40 times from the right, and the same on the left.

Keep in mind, consistency trumps intensity. If you do the work, you get rewarded. There are no shortcuts in life. That’s a hard fact, so stay true to the game, get out there and practice!

The 5 Most Common Basketball Shots

There are diverse ways through which you can make a basketball shot. Different types of shots have different levels of difficulty. Some of the most common shots in the basketball game today are;

1. THE LAYUP

This us the most common type of shot used by players in the basketball game today. One scores from either the left or right side of the rim. The distance between the player and the rim us usually a very small margin. It is due to this reason that this shot is mostly used and it gives the players the highest percentage of making the basket.

2. THE BANK SHOT

This is a type of shot that hits the backboard of the rim first before falling into the basket. For one to complete this type of shot successfully, one must aim for a particular angle, between the player and the board, ensuring that the bounce from the backboard directs the ball towards the basketball net.

3. THE JUMP SHOT

This is another common shot in basketball. The player thrusts upwards while facing the side of the rim and releases the ball aimed at the rim. The difference between this and the bank shot is that one does not use the help of the backboard in the jump shot. One must achieve maximum balance to be able to complete the shot easier.

4. THE FREE THROW

This shot is commonly used because it is mostly the penalty for committing fouls in the basketball game. The player’s feet are not supposed to leave the court floor,hence there is no jumping while taking this shot. While taking the shot, the ball should be given some backspin and some force behind it to direct it towards the rim. The player should also be facing the rim directly. On completion of taking the shot, leaving hands hanging in the air gives the shot a little bit more accuracy. This is usually known as the follow through.

5. THE SLAM DUNK

This is one of the most difficult shots in basketball. However, it is also the most fascinating shot. The player must be able to thrust upwards to close enough to the rim to complete the basket by sinking the ball with force into the rim. Players can choose on whether to take off from the ground using both feet or using one foot only, depending on the one which gives most upward thrust. Those are some of the most common basketball shots used by players.