30 Tips To Help Become a Better Shooter

30 Shooting TipsShooting is without a doubt the single most important skill in basketball. It also is a lost art and is on the decline at every level. There are very few great shooters. Why is this? It is a combination of factors that we will discuss that range from proper release all the way to having the right mindset. It is first and foremost a skill, but without tons of repetition it is a skill that will lack the fine tuning it needs to become great. Shooting is also a skill that any player no matter their skill level can improve. There are no excuses as to why you can not become a better shooter. All you need is a goal and a ball. It has to be a priority and you must be dedicated.

Each potential player learning how to shoot a basketball must learn that it takes good concentration, hard work and plenty of practice to develop a good shooting eye. There’s an old adage that says “shooters are made and not born.” This is absolutely true. They are of necessity made through many long hours of practice and more practice. Whether it is dribbling, ball handling, shooting or learning other phases of the game one thing is certain-practicing is important. Decades ago,when Bill Bradley played for Princeton he had a motto which said, “You gotta practice and practice and practice because if you don’t, somewhere someone else is practicing and when he meets you he will beat you.”If you care to follow the above motto you can develop into a deadly shooter. Just remember there is no instant success to being a good shooter. Shooting habits must be carefully developed over a period of time. This gives the beginner learning the game lots of positive confidence.« Continue »

Top 10 Basketball Handling Mistakes

Pistol Pete basketball handlingBall handling is a crucial part of basketball and there are 10 common mistakes that young players and even players on higher levels commit. We will be learning ten huge mistakes of ball handling and how to correct them for optimum game performance.

Dribbling and taking care of the ball is vital to a player and team success. The game has changed and evolved rapidly from even ten years ago. Even the some of the rules have changed and with that comes a misunderstanding of what is the correct way of handling the ball. These ten points will make any player a more efficient and better ball handler. Lots of games are won and lost due to either sloppy ball handling or being too careless with the ball.

You can be the greatest shooter in the gym, but if you can’t handle the ball effectively than your shot will be just a wasted skill. Ball handling is a skill that can be improved upon with lots of repetition and correct training. It also is a skill that must be practiced on a daily basis.When a player misses significant time away from the game usually the two things that are hard to get back right away are your conditioning and your ball handling. There are very few elite ball handlers playing today. One reason is it takes a tremendous amount of dedication. The first thing any player wants to do when entering the gym is shoot. Their is not enough emphasis put on ball handling especially at the youth level. Even ten to 15 minutes a day can have a huge impact on the quality and effectiveness of your ball handling.

Kids today watch the NBA and want to emulate all the fancy moves before even realizing that first you must master the basics and fundamentals before progressing to the more advanced stages. One thing that stays consistent with basketball and will never change are the fundamentals. They must be taught and learned. The earlier the better. Having the fundamentals down will increase your chances greatly of becoming the ball handler you want to be and are capable of.« Continue »