Want to wow them on the court? Have a hankering to improve your performance? Want to finally secure a win for your team? Take a look at our top tips for improving your basketball game.
Practice makes perfect
It might be a cliche, but in this case, it’s also true. If you want to improve youre performance on the basketball court, you need to practice. According to Malcolm Gladwell, it takes approximately 10,000 hours of practice to master a skill; Michael Jordan trained at least 5 hours a day to get to where he was at the height of his success. You do the math.
Quality over quantity
That being said, when it comes to practicing, quality is far more important than quality. That’s not to say you shouldn’t put the hours in but it does mean that you should focus more on quality repetitions than the sheer number of repetitions, After all, if you practice a bad move 100 times you’re still going to be bad at it, but if you practice a perfect one 50 times, your game will be pretty good. You know it makes sense.
Make ball control a priority
In basketball, ball control is all-important. If you can dribble well, you will be a better basketball player. So forget about learning those show-off tricks and put shooting on the backburner and put all of your focus on being able to control that ball with as much accuracy as possible.
Buy better basketball shoes
A bad workman blames his tools, and there are no basketball shoes that are so bad they’ll drag you down with them, but there are some basketball shoes that are better than others. Buying the best, precision-engineered basketball shoes you can afford will certainly give you a little boost by offering more support, helping you to jump that little hit higher, and giving you a bit more confidence o the court.
Taking your game seriously and being more disciplined will help you to stay motivated, push yourself further and be the best basketball player you can be. If you aren’t disciplined, you’ll let training sessions slide, underperform when you’re tired and fail to be the great player you know you can be.
Train with better players
In a similar vein, training with better players than yourself will push you to be a better basketball player yourself. It will also enable you to study their technique and learn a few tricks of the trade, so to speak. Sure, you might get your ass kicked week after week for a while, but before you know it, you’ll be able to hold your own on the court and it will all have been worth it.
Last, but not least, you should focus on getting physically fit and active in general. The fitter and healthier you are, the more effective you will be against your opponents on the court. It really is that simple.
Not everyone can be the next Magic Johnson, but everyone can improve their basketball game, so what are you waiting for?