Hot Basketball How-Tos

How To: Do the Pistol Pete ball handling drill in basketball

In this sports how-to video, Farmington HS boys basketball coach Shane Wyandt and team demonstrate the Pistol Pete ball handling drills. The Pistol Pete ball handling drills will help improve hand eye coordination in addition to ball handling technique. Follow along with this video and learn how to carry out the Pistol Pete exercise. Try at home.

How To: Perform a shot fake in basketball

In this video, we learn how to perform a shot fake in basketball with Chase. There are three keys to a good shot fake. First, make sure you are on balance and nice and stable. Be in a good dent athletic position, but don't come out and up from your position. Then, you will need to make sure your eyes are to the rim. This will sell the shot and get the defender to buy it, making the defensive player lose focus and position. Last, you want to make sure you keep it tight when you are playing. Th...

How To: Spin a basketball on your index finger

First of all you need to know that if you are a right handed person then the rotation of the basket ball must go to the left. Now hold the basketball in your right hand and place your left palm over it. Now give a very strong spin using your right hand to the basketball. You have to make sure that you get a good first spin on it to get a good rotation going.

How To: Improve Your Vertical Jump

The vertical jump is an important part of many sports, including basketball, volleyball, track & field, football, and many more. For this reason, it is important to learn how to improve vertical jump as it will provide several advantages in the different sports.

How To: Teach the BEEF method of shooting in basketball

In this sports how-to video, Farmington HS boys basketball coach Shane Wyandt explains how he teaches the BEEF method of shooting. The work BEEF is an acronym for a ball shooting concept in basketball. The B stand for balance, the E for eyes, the second E for elbows, and the F for follow-through. To have good balance it is important to have you feet about shoulder width apart. Your eyes should always be focused on a target, and your elbows should be in line. Finally follow through means it sh...

How To: Take defensive charge with Shane Battier

Shane Battier teaches you how to take a charge, and how it can help to stop superstars like Dwyane Wade and Lebron James. This inside skill drill from Shane Battier gives you the right perspective from an NBA star. Get basketball advice from the pros on how to improve your basketball game. Shane Battier is the authority on defense!

How To: Defend a shot in netball

Geva Mentor shows how she defends a shot in netball. Netball is similar to basketball, but with no backboard. Since every scoring shot has to essentially be a "swish", blocking the high trajectory arc of the shot is key to this technique. Defend a shot in netball.

How To: Snag Prime Seats at an NBA Game

There is no fan experience in professional sports quite like watching an NBA game live. Partly, this can be attributed to the combination of fluid teamwork and jaw-dropping athleticism the players exude in the form of size, speed, jumping ability, grace, and strength. What truly differentiates the NBA from the spectators' perspective, though, is the figurative nakedness of the players. While the NFL buries its athletes beneath pads and masks, the NBA presents its talent in shorts and a tank top.

How To: Establish the set shot in basketball

In this tutorial, we learn how to establish the set shot in basketball with Chase Curtis. The set point is the location of the basketball just before you shoot it. The execute the set point, make an "l" shape with your arm, your elbow should be aligned with your shoulder. Your wrist should be cocked and you should be able to see underneath the arm from a front view. The other hand should be lightly touching the side of the ball, giving it a small amount of stabilization. Follow these tips to ...

How To: Get the perfect shooting arc in basketball

In this video, we learn how to get the perfect shooting arc in basketball. When you are shooting, the arc is how you will get the ball into the hoop. You should first know the size of the basketball and basket in relation to how far away you are from the basket. Make sure the ball is going to reach the apex on its arc so it can reach the basket easiest. You will need to pay attention to the height of the basket so you know how angled your feet need to be when you are shooting. After you have ...

How To: Perform a perfect release when shooting a basketball

Learn how to perform a perfect release when shooting a basketball from Tom Curtis. First you have to focus on the wrist and finger follow through after you shoot the basketball. It should be a relaxed finger finish with the thumb pointing toward the floor. The ball should be released from the index and middle finger of the shooting hand leaving a sensation after the release. Make sure your fingers finish goes directly toward the basket.

How To: Make decisions from the high post in basketball

Learn how to practice quick decision making (pass or shoot) when on the high post and establish good basketball game rhythm. Videos two through four cover when and how to execute each option: jump shot, seal the post (pass the ball down to the player at the low post), and swing the ball (after setting the pick and sealing the post).

How To: Shoot a floater

Jason Williams and Ren Stern demonstrate the floater, a shot you can use in the game of basketball. It is useful because your defender will not be able to block it since it has a fast release.

How To: Properly aim your shot at the basket

In this video, we learn how to properly aim your shot at the basket. When playing, you need to make sure you don't hit the back rim or the ball will shoot back at you. If you don't reach the basket, it's probably not going to go in. When shooting, focus on the open space in the basket, then lay the ball into the net. This will give you a soft target with a greater margin of error. If you can put the ball anywhere in the net, it's probably going to make it all the way through!

How To: Understand shooting surfaces in basketball

In this tutorial, we learn how to understand shooting surfaces in basketball. Make sure you have the ball located on the finger pads or shooting surfaces. On the finger pads, keep the ball engaged with them and not the palm of the hand. This is also the shooting surface, where you have better control of the basketball. You can elevate the basketball from your thumb by spreading out your fingers so there is a finger's length between the palm of the hand and the ball. Test this out with one of ...

How To: Position your feet when shooting a ball

In this video, Tom tells us how to position your feet when shooting a ball. Momentum when you are shooting has to be controlled. You will have to plan how you are going to use your feet and what your lead and stop foot will be. You want to make sure the foot that is closest to the basket is facing it and not facing another way. You also want to create stability when you are shooting baskets. Establish your stop foot with the one closest to the basket. Once you get your feet down in the right ...

How To: Coach Young Basketball Players to Shoot Free Throws

One of the most important and overlooked aspect of basketball is free throws. There's no reason a free throw can't be made every time, and this video will teach coaches and young children playing ball the best practices for getting ready for making the free throw. Shooting a free throw means repetition, it means practicing, because no matter where the team plays, the free throw line and the rim are always going to be familiar, so shooting a free throw shouldn't be a problem.

HowTo: Ace a Free Throw

Larry Silverberg and Chau Tran of North Carolina State University tested more than 100,000 3-D simulations of free throws to come up with this HowTo for you. The two engineers have determined the perfect trajectory. Check out their strategy below, via Wired's How-To Wiki.

How To: Power dribble in basketball

Worried about messing up your power dribble in your next basketball game? This 5-minute MetaCafe how-to video features an expert coach telling you everything you need to know about commanding the key. It covers proper crossover and pivoting techniques, and shot options, including the hook. It emphasizes common mistakes that could lose you the point, like whether to look down at the ball, how to work your way towards the hoop, and whether or not the power dribble is the right move for a given ...

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