Basketball is one of the few major sports you can play by yourself with any great measure of satisfaction. In fact, once you develop a few rudimentary skills, you’ll have as much fun with just a ball and a hoop as you can have in a full-fledged game.
Mastering the game of basketball is the journey of a lifetime, but you can take a giant stride by learning to shoot. The object of the game – and a large part of the joy of it – is putting the ball in the basket. You can rapidly and dramatically improve your shooting ability by following some basic principles, and if you can shoot the ball you’re likely to enjoy a smoother entry into competitive play. A good shooter is an asset to a team at any level.
Physics Count in Basketball
Shooting a basketball isn’t a science, but it depends on science. A shot launched with the proper backspin and trajectory will have a better chance of success – so say the laws of physics, and those laws are invariably borne out in practice. Granted, you’ll see players with terrible shooting techniques who can regularly put the ball in the basket, but even so, their margin for error is much less than that of a shooter with good technique. When a basketball is shot softly, with correct backspin and sufficient arc, it will often sit on the rim and drop in, rather than careening away – out of the range of your rebounders’ grasps – because of topspin or sidespin or no spin, or too much force.
Backspin is achieved by a hand motion similar to a wave or to the gesture you use to tell someone to move back.
Practice Makes Perfect in Shooting a Basketball
Stand in an open space somewhere – forget about shooting at a basket for now – and raise your hand in front of you to so that it almost brushes your ear, with your palm bent back toward you. Your arm should be tucked into your body, with your elbow pointing straight ahead, perpendicular to your shoulder. Lay the ball in your palm with your fingers slightly spread and cupped around it. The seams, or lines, of the ball should be as nearly horizontal as you can make them.
Now make the waving, or “get back” motion with your hand. Exaggerate the delivery, so that your wrist turns all the way over and your fingers wind up pointing at the ground. The ball should leave your hand with backspin – watch the seams turning over toward you – and should flick across your fingers. Never mind how high the ball flies.
Your hand, forearm and elbow should always describe a straight line. Practice, practice and practice this maneuver, the ball in the palm of your hand, unsupported by your other hand. You can do this drill standing up, sitting or lying down. When you’re lying down, in fact, you’ll be able to see best of all whether the seams are turning over correctly, and you’ll also be able to more easily throw and catch the ball with one hand. Gradually increase the height of your throws. Your wrist strength will build and you’ll be able to toss the ball higher and higher while controlling it with one hand.
Then you’ll be ready to take aim at the always stationary but ever-so-elusive basket. : For more awesome sports videos and tips on how to get better on basketball check out atdhe-tv.net.