Basketball Training Tips



The part of psychology most relevant to sports performance is neuroscience. A major concept of neuroscience is that everything you do is controlled by thought. Your body is controlled by your mind. Controlling your mind through thought is called focus.

Peak performance requires focus. You must have very specific purpose and intent. Simplify that purpose to the smallest variable possible, and that becomes your focal point. You don’t need to think, but you do need to focus! Pure focus equals maximum performance!


Basketball Emotional Quotient.

Basketball IQ is incredibly important in shooting. Shots are often made or missed before they are ever even taken. Shooters IQ is the instinctive ability to know how to get open for a shot, where and when to take a shot, what type of shot to take, and even when not to shoot.

Basketball EQ (Emotional Quotient) is a player’s ability to control emotions regardless of the changing circumstances (time and score – missed/made last three shot attempts, etc.) of a basketball game. EQ affects a player’s abilities to adjust on the fly and perform under pressure. Our research indicates that your emotional quotient may be twice as important in contributing to shooting excellence than basketball IQ and shooting skill alone.


Raise Your Expectations.

Make perfect shots. Make layups off the backboard and through the net without ever touching the rim. Hit the rim and the shot does not count. Jump shots must also be "all-net" in order to count. Make shots with your eyes closed. Play "all-net/eyes closed" shooting competitions in practice to develop your "feel" for making shots. Focus on the feel needed to make perfect shots from warm-up to cool down, and your practice effort will transfer into real game success.


Trust Yourself.

Top shooters have a feel for what a good shot is. They know the moment a shot leaves their hand if it is good or not. So what "feel" should you aim for? Here's a simple drill to get more control over the basketball and one of the most effective ways to improve your shot:

Stand within eight feet or so from the basket and make an all-net shot with one hand. Do this over and over again. Memorize how the ball feels rolling out of your hands and off your fingers as you make all-net shot after shot. Do it with your eyes closed and focus on feeling the ball roll off your fingers--don't look, just feel!

When you duplicate that feeling, you will engrain the necessary physics of arc, directional control and even backspin to make more shots. When you focus on getting that feeling, you are better able to duplicate the feeling. When you use this technique you stop thinking. Your mind will then subconsciously search for and recreate the feeling/sensation of the ball rolling off your fingers towards the basket. As you focus on that one specific thing, all of a sudden your footwork, jumping, and everything else will begin to align to give you the best chance to make the shot.

This "focus on the feeling" action is how our mind clears away conscience thought (even fear) and finds "the zone." This will happen all by itself if you "focus" on one simple feeling. This is exactly what happens when people use a mantra to meditate and find enlightenment.


6 Tips For Better Perimeter Defense.

By Steph Wood, Ganon Baker Basketball

Defense is 90 percent heart and 10 percent skill, and your success is determined by your will and commitment to the task. That being said, there are a few teaching points to remember when playing perimeter defense on the ball:

Stay Low

Remember to begin with your shoulders lower than the person you are guarding. We call this the shoulders game. By keeping your shoulders lower at the start and then continuously throughout the penetration and drive, you are more likely to get to the spot before the offense.

An Arm’s Length

Do not begin too close or too far away from the offense. If you are too close, they will drive by you. If you are too far, they will shoot. The best thing is to begin at least an arm's length away. It is appropriate to reach out to your defender if you are not sure whether you are far enough away.

Keep Steps Short

Never forget your footwork. Taking long steps often will hinder your progress while defending drives. Take shorter, choppier steps and remember to "push-pull" off your front foot.

Remember the Hands

Another key is to have active hands. While on the ball your hands are busy, but you must also remember to use your hands while defending the penetration. Use a "deflection hand" high and a "ball hand" low and up on your defender. A lot of coaches will call this "riding" a player out. While you are defending the drive, try to poke the ball out with your ball hand, and then use your deflection hand to block passes or quick shots.

Swipe Up

Another important hint is to never hit down on the ball. When you swing down on the ball it is a more aggressive motion and more likely to get attention from the officials for a called foul. Swipe up on the ball.

Get in Shape

The most successful defenders will have strong core muscles. Your hips, abs and buttocks will be strong and help you be balanced and able to move quickly in lateral motions. Jumping rope will help your foot speed.

The best way to become a great defender, of course, is to know your opponent. Watch film and read scouting reports. The best defender is the smartest defender.



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