How To Shoot The Basketball Better In Real Games!!


Every player wants to develop the skills that help them shoot the ball better in the game. This post is all about the tips and tricks that will help you master shooting the ball better than you already do. 

How Shoot the Ball Better

A major problem with all players is that they don’t practice the way they play and they don’t train the way they should.

They go too slow and don’t simulate the real game situations when they are practicing. 

For instance, many players do stand still shots in practice.

That is great but guess what, when you come in a real game you come in left-right situations, right-left situations, you come in transitions, and so many other situations.

If you don’t practice shots in all these situations you won’t be able to take or make those shots in the real games.

Majority of Your Shots

If you are a player, the first thing you need to determine is that:

Where do the majority of my shots come from?

If you get a lot of good shots out of transitions you need to practice all those transition shots.

If you are shooting a bunch of elbow pull-ups, you need to be practicing that a lot.

You need to become aware of the successful shots you are taking in a game and then practice them. 

For the purpose of this post we are going to focus on “off the catch” shots. 

Off the Catch Shots

There are only so many ways you can shoot off the catch. If you watch NBA players you realize that. There are a few ways you need to practice and simulate again and again to master them. 

1. Pass to Yourself and Shoot

There will be times in the game where you have some time to shoot. You don’t have to rush in those circumstances. You can do your footwork, step into the shot and hit it.  

If you can’t make this shot then it will be difficult for you to make any type of shots in real games. You get two to three shots of this sort in the game. It happens. The defense gets tired and you get a chance to shoot straight.

If you get three of them you at least need to hit two. 

2. Roll to Yourself and Shoot

You can roll the ball to yourself in either direction. Start easy, practice, master and then try making it a little harder where you have to rush a bit. 

3. Hop and Shoot

Hops, especially the one-two are good for beginners because it is mush easy to get balance and make moves out of this. When you develop yourself into higher basketball ranks you need to get a quicker release. For starters, practice the hop going both directions, from right and from left.  

4. Transition and Shoot 

You can get a lot of your shots from transitions. When the defense is building you get a chance to shoot up. Remember, in transitions you don’t have to rush your shots. Practice open shots. Practice different footwork, right-left, left-right and hops i.e. if you are comfortable shooting off both the directions. 

To Practice:

Implement the shots in both directions in each wing to master your shooting in real games. 

  1. Pass and Step into the shot
  2. Roll and Shoot (both directions)
  3. Hop and Shoot
  4. Left and Right off the hop
  5. Transitions and Shoot
  6. Simulate various movements

Top 4 crossover moves – NASTY Ankle Breakers!!


A great basketball player has great moves. This post is going to elaborate on 4 crossover moves that you can use add in your moves to make your game more effective and dangerous when the ball is in your hands.   

What is a Crossover Move in Basketball?

The crossover a type of dribble maneuver that a basketball player uses to switch the ball from one hand to another in order to change his direction. 

To be an elite player you should be able to change speed and direction whenever you want. That makes it seemingly difficult for the defender to guard you. He doesn’t know what you are doing so he is left with no other option but to react to you. Therefore, the more moves you have in your arsenal the better. 

Types of Crossover Moves

The four moves, if you master them, are going to make it much more difficult to guard you because you are moving in either direction keeping your defense on their heels.

These are:

  1. Basic crossover 
  2. Between the legs crossover 
  3. Behind the back crossover
  4. Spin around crossover

First master their stationary versions and then their moving versions.

We know players who can cross somebody but then can’t score the basketball.

The reason why lies in the lack of practice.

You need to master these moves, execute them and then finally score the basketball.

That is what makes you even more lethal. 

A lot of young players make this mistake.

They see NBA players’ moves but don’t realize the amount of work they are putting behind those moves. 

Stephen Curry is not good at doing his between the legs or behind the back moves just like that. He practices that every single day.  

So, remember to PRACTICE! 

#1 Basic Crossover 

The basic crossover is the simplest one of the crossovers.

Most of the players know this one.

It’s simply dribbling the ball from one hand to the other.

You make it look like you are attacking in the right direction but then in a change of speed and direction you move to the left direction.

This bewilders your defense for a second and they then react to your move. 

Watch Coach Rock show the basic crossover moves here:

#2 Between the Legs Crossover

You can also practice the basic crossover between your legs and get into the movement.

All you do is switch the ball from one hand to the other passing the ball between your legs in the switch. 

#3 Behind the Back Crossover

Dribble that ball from one hand to the other behind your back.

The direction change is not linear but in an arc. 

To Practice, first get the motion down in stationary but keep in mind that a lot of the time when you are changing direction behind the back it’s more of a wraparound.  

Watch Coach Rock show you how to practice the behind the back crossover move here:

#4 Spin Move Crossover

In a spin move you make a backward spin while dribbling the ball in order to change the direction and dodge your defender. 

This is probably the easiest and the safest one.

You’ll love this move especially when you are dealing with a full court pressure.

When someone is guarding you can make the spin move and feel protected with the ball in your hands. 

The key is not to switch your hands too early.

This paves in way for someone to rip the ball behind you. 

You should notice how far away the ball is in the spin and then make the switch when you are sure it’s safe to. 

Practice slowly and then pick up speed. 

To Practice

Put four cones in your half court from outside the D towards the hoop.

You can use shoes, bottles anything that serves as a point of reference in place of the cones. 

Place the cones on the mark where you want to make the moves. Then practice the progressions. 

  1. The Iverson Crossover – vary speeds and directions
  2. Tony Parker Crossover – more moves the better
  3. Between the Legs – change direction between the legs.
  4. Wrap Around Back Crossover 

What how Coach Rock does all these top 4 crossover moves in the video above.

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How To Dunk A Basketball For The First Time!

Today let's talk about how you can jump higher and how to dunk a basketball for the first time.

We'll be revealing two unique techniques—one for one-foot jumpers and one for two-foot jumpers—that will help you jump higher so you can start dunking a basketball.

How To Jump Higher With The Blocking Technique

There are two ways to take off with two feet.

You are either a left-right jumper or are a right-left jumper.

If you are a left-right jumper, you plant your left foot first and then your right foot second.

A lot of right-handed players come with the right foot first and then the left foot take-off.  

The whole point of this blocking technique is when you turn your second foot slightly in it sort of blocks or stops your horizontal momentum so you can take all that momentum vertical. 

The blocking technique is primarily for the two-foot takeoff.

Don’t worry if you are a one-foot jumper.

I am going to get into something about one-foot later. 

Before delving into both of these types of blocking techniques keep in mind you don’t want to collapse with your knee.

You should not be caving in with your knees, they should stay firm in a strong solid quarter squat position.

Otherwise, that could lead to injury. 

If you watch some of the best jumpers like Jordan Kilganon, who is probably the best dunker in the world, he is a left-right dunker who dunks with his right hand.

(Here's a video of Jordan jumping over me standing on a chair a few years ago. Pretty ridiculous I know.)

Did you notice Jordan using the “Blocking Technique?”

Check it out here:

If your strong hand is the same as your final foot, then you might want to try this blocking technique. 

Left-Right Vertical Jumper

A left-right jumper’s back foot is the left one. 

His front foot is the right one.

The foot he blocks with and slightly turns is the right foot. 

He then jumps and dunks with his right (if strong) hand.

If I am a left-right jumper and I am dunking with my right hand my right foot stops the forward momentum and I use that as vertical momentum.

That is exactly why you see a lot of two feet dunkers turn their feet when they jump.  

Right-Left Jumper

A right-left jumper’s back foot is the right one.

His front foot is the left one. 

The foot he blocks with by slightly turning it in is the left one.

He then jumps and dunks with his left (if strong) hand. 

For a right-left jumper, their back foot is the right one and they block with the left foot.

Remember when you block you have to turn your foot a little in.

The right-left jumper stops the momentum moving horizontally and takes it all vertically to dunk. 

On the contrary, if your strong hand is the same as your back foot then you should turn-in with your back foot early and then quickly dunk with your strong hand in full speed. 

One-Foot Jump – Sword Technique

There are a few things you can do to improve your one-foot jump.

I call this the Sword technique.

It’s like you see people pulling out swords in a battle.

If you watch somebody dunk like Zion Williamson or LeBron James, it’s the same technique; pulling a sword from the opposite direction. 

So, with your one-foot practice pulling the ball up like you would pull a sword out of the scabbard.

Check out Zion do it on the very first dunk in that video.

Remember, it’s always pulled from the opposite side.

A left-handed dunker comes from the right and a right-handed dunker comes from the left.

On the contrary, in two-feet you kind of dip the ball and get that momentum.

Pull as hard as possible and try to maintain that momentum when you dunk.

Pulling out hard helps you get a little more explosion when you dunk.

So, these are the two keys be sure to add them to your one-foot and two-foot.

Dunking Progression

It can really destroy your confidence if you are trying to dunk a ball and you’re not able to dunk.

It makes you feel bad because you have worked so hard for it.

Part of dunking better comes from your confidence. 

The best way to do that is to start with a tennis ball.

Start dunking with a tennis ball then move to, maybe, a volleyball, then to a girls’ ball and finally to a boys’ basketball.

Slowly build yourself up and progress up. 

First, try lower and get the feeling of dunking.

Stop Trying to Grab the Rim

 A big mistake a lot of players make when trying to dunk in the beginning is they spend all their time jumping up and grabbing the rim.

They build that habit and when they go try to dunk they hold the rim even before dunking.

Naturally, the ball doesn’t go in. 

When you start dunking, first jump and just try to put the ball in.

Don’t even try to touch the rim, just put it in.

Maybe just tap the rim with the tip of your finger.

This is the key because it will show you how to actually dunk.

Later on, you can start worrying about grabbing the rim.  

Throw the Ball High

When you jump, try to throw the ball as high as possible.

This is if you are trying to dunk before you can actually do it off the dribble.

But if you are trying to throw it on your first alley, throw the ball up a little higher and then just go get the ball.

Don’t focus on the hoop, focus on reaching the ball at its peak and then throw it down.

These are some simple tips that can help you throw down your first dunk. It’s going to take a lot of technique, practice, and work but if you stay persistent then you will see massive results in your vertical jump. 

It’s not going to happen overnight but you can instantly add inches to your vertical overnight.

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How To: 6 Tips to Dribble A Basketball Better in 2019

Looking for the best tips to dribble a basketball better in 2019?

We have you covered.

Today we will be sharing with you six tips that will instantly improve your ability to dribble a basketball and it's going to be a game changer for you. 

Tips to Dribble a Basketball Better

Tip #1 – Pound the Ball and Dribble Hard

The harder you dribble, the longer the ball is in your hand, and the shorter the ball is out of your hand, the harder it becomes for the defender to steal the ball.

If you don’t pound on the ball then it will be easy for the defender to pick your pocket.

Therefore, practice pounding the basketball in all your ball handling drills. Over pound it.

Try to throw the ball through the ground so that when you are in the game you don’t have to pound the ball as hard.

It will actually start to become second nature for you.

This will give more you more control with the basketball. 

Another thing worth mentioning thing is that this practice will help you have a faster handle because the harder you can whip the ball left to right between your legs the faster your handle is going to be.

This, in turn, will guard you better. 

So, pound the basketball and dribble hard during all of your drills. 

Tip #2 – Use Finger Pads

Use the finger pads of your hand.

Don’t dribble with your fingertips.

You also don’t want to dribble with the smack of your palm.

Dribble with your finger pads as this gives you the most control.

I want you to pretend you are shooting the ball.

Would you shoot the ball with your fingertips?

Or would you shoot with the ball flat on your palm?

Neither, you always shoot with the ball on your pads resting in your hand. 

There is a reason why we shoot and dribble like that because of the destruction of our hand.

This makes it very easy to control the basketball.

When you dribble you want to have that little follow-through flick of the wrist like when you are shooting a basketball. 

“Dribbling and shooting are actually more similar than a lot of people think. “ 

So, going back to the last tip and combining it with this one, pound the ball harder, dribble with your finger pads and follow through every dribble like it’s a shot.

This will help you control the ball better and make it go down and come back up into your hand.

Otherwise, you don’t have any control on your ball and are not 100% sure that ball will come back to the spot or not. 

Use your finger pads on all your dribbling drills so they become a part of how you play in the real game. 

Tip #3 Keep your head up

Keep your head up because you want to see the defense and don’t want to miss a teammate getting open or an opening that you can attack.

For this, practice keeping your head up as much as you can.

Please note that in a game you are going to look down sometimes.

I look down when I'm doing my move and sometimes to find the ball.

If you watch Stephen Curry and Kyrie Irving, you will find them looking down when doing their moves.

It’s just going to happen sometimes.  

I don’t want you to think that if you look down you are in any sort of trouble.

Just try to focus on looking up as much as possible.

Focus on it in your training.

The more you have your head up the more you enable yourself to find your teammates and open spots, read the defense and pick your spots.

You’ll know when you can attack or when you can get a shot off.

So, don’t stare at the ground the whole time.

Practice looking up but remember, sometimes you are going to look down to find the ball.

This is because you won’t always know where the ball is and if you don’t look down you might lose the handle.   

Many times, when I’m in behind the back move I have to look down to find the basketball.

You’ll see that in a lot of NBA players as well. 

Tip #4 Go North to South (Not East to West)

Focus on going with your moves north to south, straight and back to retreat instead of going too much east to west.

When I say east to west I am not talking about a quick left to right crossover and then blow by your man because that’s still going north to south.

What I mean by east to west is starting from the left side of the court and dribbling to right instead of beating your man and attacking.

When you are dribbling try to focus on going north to south.

I see a lot of players who do a whole bunch of ball handling moves but they don’t go anywhere.

They just go side to side and don’t attack the rim. Neither do they go by the rim and attack the basket.

You should come straight to your defender, attack him and do not attack the sideline.

Tip #5 – Have Variety of Moves

Have some go-to moves that you feel comfortable with going to in your games.

Personally, I love freestyle dribbling – just going up and down in the court building my rhythm as a ball handler.

You can see an example of this in the video below (skip to 2:18 to watch that drill specifically):

Practice different moves that you feel comfortable with using in the game. 

When the defender is guarding you, you want to have these go-to moves.

In real games all you can do is react, the faster and better you react the better is your fare against the defense. 

In the game, you never know what’s going to happen and you might not use all of your moves but it’s important to have them.

Practicing them will let you sharpen the tools and include them in your muscle memory.

When in the game you should go simple but when you need these moves boom you have them. 

Kyrie Irving and Stephen Curry have a variety of go-to moves and also many counter moves which double the number of moves they have.

This makes them virtually unguardable. 

If you can develop some of your go-to moves, then have some counters for them and, even more, have some counters for your counters then you are going to be very hard to guard. 

Tip #6 – Change Speeds

This is probably one of the more advanced tips.

Don’t go on full 100% speed all the time.

My coach used to tell me, “Rocky I’ rather have a guy that can go zero to twenty to fifty and back to 20 instead of a player who can go from zero to hundred the whole time.”

You’ll notice NBA guys do this very well.

The best guards, Chris Paul, Steph, Kyrie do a great job in changing speeds and not going too hard wasting all their energy but really just keep their defenders off balance. 

A good way to practice this is like the freestyle I mentioned earlier, you can also find what I’m talking about in the video linked below.

Practice changing speeds throughout your dribbling, go up, go down, stop and reset, act like you are going hard but go slow, and try playing around with it.

There is a lot of different things you can do. 

Changing speeds is one of the most powerful weapons that a point guard can have whether you are in the full court or in a half.

It will make it impossible for defenders to guard you even if you are facing a very fast defender.

You know what you are going to do, he is just trying to react to what you do.

That’s how you will always have an upper hand especially if you change speeds and you take control.

You force them to do what you want and not let them make you do what they want. 

Dribbling Tips Video Guide

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Fix This “HIDDEN” Step To Jump Higher FAST!!

In today's video, we're to be showing you a “hidden” step that can really help you jump higher fast.

We are talking about adding 6 to 10 inches to your vertical jump instantly… if you do it right.

This video is primarily for two foot jumpers.

We've seen this add as much as 8 to 10 inches to somebody's vertical jump by helping them implement this step into their approach as they're getting ready to take off.

You see, what a lot of people don't focus on is the step before the penultimate (last two) steps.

That being the elongated third step as seen here:

The elongated third step helps you bring more speed into your penultimate step which helps you transfer your horizontal speed, vertical so that you jump higher.

Now before you really add that to your approach, it's best to take it piece by piece.

So first, we recommend that you stand stationary and practice this step to jump higher.

As you go on you want to lengthen the third step further and further.

Once you figure out how far you feel comfortable you can add your in running vertical jumpand try to still take your elongated third step from the same spot.

Here's something you should do…

Watch other great two foot vertical jumpers.

You'll be able to see where they're taking off from.

So again, watch the video and practice learning your elongated third step from a stationary position and slowly add more steps.

Fix Your Vertical Jump Approach To Jump Higher

The next thing you want to do is really work on your approach.

Because the more speed you can bring into that third to last step, the even more power you are going to have when you explode up.

With your approach you want to start slower and get faster.

When we're just focused on vertical jump, first let's not even worry about the game setting because it's going to take a lot of practice before we start dunking in games.

First we have to learn how to jump.

It's like you gotta crawl before you can walk.

So first let's just work on the approach…

Then from there you can work on the takeoff.

The middle between the approach and the takeoff is this “hidden” elongated third step.

It's kind of like pieces to a puzzle.

In today's video, we've explained some of the piece to the puzzle of jumping higher…

Now all you have to do is put the pieces of the puzzle together.


If you're looking to jump higher then here are some things you can do:

  1. Watch other players that jump higher and study every aspect of the way they jump.
  2. Improve your approach to your vertical jump.
  3. Improve the speed of your penultimate step for takeoff.
  4. Master the elongated third step to help bring you approach and take off together.

If you follow these steps and what we talk about in the video then you'll see instant vertical jump inches added to your athleticism.


2 SIMPLE Basketball Shooting Drills To Shoot A Basketball Better!!


Today we'll be showing you 2 basketball shooting drills that can really help you shoot a basketball better, faster, in real games.

We are in a time of basketball where shooting the basketball well is super important.

If you can't shoot the basketball well then you probably won't be on the court.

Big guys can shoot, all positions, all players pretty much can shoot.

The guys that can't shoot, are super, super athletic, super quick and have other intangibles.

Guys like Rondo, Westbrook, John Wall, they're not the best shooters…

But they're extremely gifted athletic-wise and speed-wise.

Unless you have skills and ability like that, you're not going be able to play in any game unless you can hit shots from the outside.

Today we're gonna be going over some drills that can really help you improve your jump shot in real game situations.

Any of us can come out and stand and shoot a hundred shots and we'll feel good about ourselves…

But then we get in the game and it's completely different.

We have to train how we're going to play in games.

Or at least try to speed it up a little and take shots that we would in games to the best of our ability…

Because you can't really simulate the game all the way.

It's just something different about being in the game…

But the best thing that you can do is put yourself in the same positions.

We love to add some type of conditioning and add some game specific things in it as well.

Simple Shooting Drill To Improve Shooting and Spike Conditioning

For the first drill we have five spots.

We have the corners, the wings, the top.

When you're shooting from the corner the majority of the time it's gonna be a stationary three.

That's because there isn't that much room to move around here.

That's how we start the basketball shooting drill.

Take the shot, get the rebound, and simulate the same thing in the next corner.

Next, you'll shoot from that same side wing.

When we get to the wings, think about about a lot of shots that come off the wing are from those picks.

So we're gonna practice spinning the ball to ourself, catching and shooting.

Start in the corners, move to wings and finish at the top of the key.

Add A Simple Counter Move To Become More Lethal

So the next thing we're gonna do is we're gonna run through each shot again…

But this time we're adding quick pump fake, attack, step back, get back behind the three.

You must know how to read the defender.

If you pump fake and your defender runs at you but doesn't jump then you'll probably have to step back.

If he jumps by you then all you have to do take that quick step and shot.

So again, you have to read your defender…

But I think it will come naturally.


So as you can tell…

Basketball is a simple game.

When it comes to scoring the ball, you don't need too many moves to actually be a great scorer.

So in these drills we're practicing basic shots and then we add simple pump fakes and quick counter moves to become more effective.

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Create Your Own Basketball Workout Easy!

Today I'm gonna be walking you through how to create your own basketball workout plan easy.

I wanted to kind of sit down and really help you set up your basketball workout plan.

So if you and I were to train personally, I wouldn't tell you your plan on the court while we're doing drills.

You're gonna get distracted.

Instead I would take you kind of off the court.

We would sit down and focus on creating a basketball workout plan that would get you results.

Find your strengths and weaknesses for when you create your basketball workout plan

The first step that you need to do is to get a piece of paper and pencil and write down your weaknesses.

So any time you're creating a basketball workout plan…

I don't care if it's in the weight room or if it's on the basketball court…

The first step is to identify your weakness or weaknesses.

So maybe it's three-point shooting…

Maybe it's athleticism or conditioning…

Whatever it is, make a list of your weaknesses right now.

Now don't get discouraged, we all have weaknesses on the court so find your weaknesses, write them down.

On the other side of the paper to write down your strengths…

Maybe it's you're good at dribbling, or you're good at finishing around the rim, or you're a good free-throw shooter.

Write down your strengths on the other side…

So now you have your weaknesses and your strengths.

And keep this paper because after you go through your training…

Whether it's six weeks or eight weeks…

You wanna be able to look back at this paper where you started and can you say that these are still main weaknesses…

Or even if they're weaknesses, did you improve upon them?

And that's the first part.

You have to become aware of your entire game.

A lot of players start doing training and they don't know their weaknesses.

They don't know their strengths so they don't know when they're getting better.

The only way to know you're getting better is when you can identify those weaknesses…

And you can see and validate the training you were doing.

Did it work?

So find your weaknesses, that's the first thing.

Choose which weakness you're going to focus on

Next thing you do is choose which basketball skills you want to work on.

If you have 10 weaknesses then it may not be the best thing to try to knock them all out in a six week time period.

That's because in order to get better at something, we have to put an immense amount of focus on that one thing.

Let's say it's ball handling and three-point shooting.

You may have other weaknesses but let's focus on ball handling and three-point shooting.

Of course, you don't wanna just forget about your strengths.

I don't want you to say, “oh, forget my strengths.”I don't need to work on those either.

Like if one of your strengths is you're a good three-point shooter…

Then you still wanna work on your three-point shooting in your workouts too so when you start working on these…

When creating your basketball workout plan, you want to figure out what you need to spend extra time on…

But you don't wanna forget your strengths.

How to frame your basketball workouts

Alright, so I'm gonna tell you how I like to frame all of the workouts that I do with my players…

And of the way I design our programs, all the programs here at I Love Basketball TV.

So the first thing we like to do is a dynamic warmup.

You always need that.

I'm not gonna spend too much time on that.

That's just getting warm…

Whether it's jogging and then doing dynamic kind of stretching where you're doing leg kicks and all that…

But you want to get your blood flowing before you hop in a workout.

A big mistake a lot of players make is they just step on the court and start working out.

You might be able to do that when you're young…

But as you get older, your body is gonna become more and more difficult to be able to do that…

So if you take care of your body now then you're going to increase your longevity…

And also decrease your chances of getting injured at your age now.

If your muscles are warm…

If the blood is flowing then you get into a game, it really decreases the chance of injury.

Ball-Handling Training


Now the next thing I like to get into are the ball handling drills.

First we start stationary and then we kind of get into moving drills.

Now again…

You wanna know what your weaknesses are…

And this is gonna determine what you do during this ball handling section.

I like to do ball handling before shooting.

That's because I like to get the hands warm.

I like to get the blood flowing in the hands.

And get in that low position of that you need to be in when you do dribbling drills…

So that your body is getting even more warm and prepared for the shooting drills.

You shouldn't just be doing ball handling drills to do them…

You should be doing them so you improve upon a weakness or stay tight with your strengths.

Let's say your weakness is weak hand…

So when you're doing your ball handling drills, I would do two times the amount of reps with my weak hand than I would on my strong hand.

That's just because that's my weakness.

That's how I'm gonna work on it.

Now if I'm really good with my weak hand and I'm really good with my strong hand then I'm gonna just do the same amount of reps.

I'm not gonna spend too much time if I'm an elite ball handler…

I'm still gonna practice ball handling…

But let's say I'm gonna spend five minutes on it instead of 20 minutes so the amount.

Like I said in the beginning of this video, the amount of time you give to each skill, is gonna be based upon your weakness or strength in that skill.

Basketball Shooting Drills Come Next

So after we do the ball handling stationary, then do a little bit of moving, we're gonna get into shooting drills.

So shooting drills we like to first start kind of stationary but if you're by yourself you can't really do that much stationary…

Because you have to get your rebounds, which is good to get your body moving.

So that's kind of where we do a lot of the spot shooting.

I don't even really do a lot of mid-range spot shooting anymore because you just don't get that shot in the game.

You're not gonna get a mid-range spot shot…

So I might start with form shooting under the rim and then we'll move straight to the three-point line.

But instead of just jacking up threes, first I'll get into one dribble pull-ups.

Those are a little more common than a spot mid-range shot and then we'll spend more time on three-point shooting.

We see the game of basketball has evolved in shooting now.

The three-point shot is much more important than an 18-footer.

So we practice more three-point shots.

Now I'm not saying the mid-range is dead…

If you watch great players like Steph Curry, Kemba Walker, guys like that, guys that can really fill it up…

Even though they're great three-point shooters…

They're also great mid-range shooters.

We're working on that but the majority of the mid-range shots aren't coming from catch mid-range shot, it's off the dribble.

So that's how we do our drills.

And we'll have three-point shots.

Whether it's around the world type of drills or just make 10 in a spot, whatever we're doing.

And then we'll kind of start adding the movement.

You should be getting warm.

Once your body gets warm you can add movement to the shooting drills.

This is when you really start adding game situational shots.

We finish every workout with basketball scoring moves

Putting ourselves in those game situations and working on one move.

First master a basketball move and then work on that counter.

When you feel extremely comfortable with that move and the counter, then move to another move and the counter…

So that's kind of how you progress your drills.

Progress your workouts and then we always finish with defense and conditioning…

The reason we do this is because defense takes heart and focus.

Conditioning is the same thing, so it's best to do it at the end of your workout.

So you can do everything else fresh.

Finish up with free throws

When we get really tired, I'll finish it up with some free-throw shooting of course.

But also keep in mind I'm doing, sporadically throughout the training…

I'm doing free-throw shooting whether it's one-and-one or two shots and always when you do free-throw shooting.

Hold yourself accountable…

If you miss a free-throw then run down and back, run a suicide or do some push-ups so that way you actually get punished for that..

And that's the only way you're gonna learn to improve because if you don't, you're gonna miss a free-throw…


When creating a basketball workout plan it's key to know your strengths and weaknesses…

Then from there you can customize your workout with what you learned here today.

So I hope that helps you out.

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How To Shoot A Basketball Under Pressure!

In today's video, we’re going to be helping you with shooting under pressure.

Now the first tip to shooting under pressure is to start simulating this in practice.

You can do this even by yourself.

See, a big mistake players make is that when they're shooting in the gym, they catch, shoot slow.

We recognize this with some of the players that we train.

At first, we used to just do spot shooting.

And then evolved into doing game speed shooting as well.

We still train regular spot shooting because there will be times where you're catching the ball and you're shooting.

But we also have to account for the times when you're coming off of picks.

We have to account for the times where it's sped up, where you have to speed up into your shot. 

By practicing this, speeding things up on your own, and by adding in a little more movement into your drills, it can really help you with your shooting under pressure…

Because those are the types of shots you're going to be shooting when you’re in real games.

When you practice this way, it becomes easy in games.

I was reading an article on Stephen Curry and he was talking about how a lot of times in his training, he speeds his release up as fast as possible.

Now, you see him shoot in real games, and you say, “Wow, his release is lightning quick,” but for him, it’s slowed down because he practices at such a fast speed for his shot.

Now, I don't recommend you going out, rushing your shot.

It's not about catching here and just throwing it up.

It's more about getting more in sync with your footwork, getting ready to shoot before you catch the ball, and then just speeding all that up together.

So it's not necessarily catching and just shooting it.

It's getting ready to shoot and everything and then kind of getting into it quicker.

Practice Shooting Under Pressure

Now, the next thing we like to do is, if you have a partner that's passing you the ball, we like to do spot shooting, but then we'll go, and if we're at the top of the key, we'll touch half-court, catch, shoot.

If we're on the corners and there's a wall, we'll have the player touch the wall, turn around, shoot.

Just add some more game-like situations to the shooting and drills.

Now, the next thing we can do is, if you have a partner, they can put their hand in your face.

Now, they don't have to block your shot, but they just put their hand up.

All we're doing is practicing shooting with a hand in your face.

What this is going to do, it's going to make you shoot a little higher.

It's going to make you get a little better arc on your shot, but it's going to get you ready to seeing just a hand in your face.

Just like it is in real games.

In real games, you're not just standing with nobody there. There will always be defenders are least running at you with their hands up.

So, if you have a partner, implement this.

You shoot, they pass.

They put a hand in your face.

You shoot and get your rebound.

Once you get your rebound you pass to your partner.

You run at them with a hand in their face, and they shoot.

You can even have a game against each other.

First player to make 10 wins and the loser has to run.

Do different things like that to challenge yourself and add some accountability to your workouts.


As you can see, you can add pressure to your drills easily.

All you have to do is add more speed. With speed comes pressure. With pressure comes speed.

The problem with players in games that they make, is that they get too sped up, which is going to happen.

That's natural.

The real problem is that they don't train at that sped up pace.

Instead, they go through the drills lackadaisical.

They don't go hard.

They do a whole bunch of just stand still, super slow spot shooting, and it affects them in real games because they're not used to it.

And it really prevents them from being able to be consistent shooters in real games.

From having confidence.

It affects everything.

We don't want that to happen to you, so start going harder in your training.

Start going harder in your drills so this doesn't happen to you.

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10 BEST Basketball Drills For Beginner Basketball Players


In today’s video Coach Rocky from ILoveBasketballTV will go over 10 of the best basketball drills for beginners.

These are drills that will help you build the foundational skills needed to become an elite player.

Most players overlook the fundamental basketball drills as being “too easy” and want to jump straight to the advanced basketball drills.

It’s extremely important to master the basics before you try to work on the advanced.

Now if you're an advanced player or you think you're an advanced player, don't disregard this video because a lot of times advanced players can really use the fundamentals.

When you're training your skills, it's kinda like you're building a house, right?

You have to have the foundation, the foundational skills, down before we can become an advanced player, before you can become an elite player.

Think about a big house, you can have the biggest house ever, but if it's on a weak foundation, the house is gonna fall over.

But once you have that good foundation, then your potential is limitless.

So in this video today, we are gonna be focusing on ten drills.

These ten basketball drills are gonna help you with your finishing, your scoring, your dribbling, your defense.

Be sure to bookmark this page so you can refer back to it when you are training.

Remember, we're focusing on everything in this video.

And then stay tuned for next week, next Friday we're gonna be uploading ten basketball drills for advanced basketball players.

So that means you have the whole week to master these and then you can try the advanced basketball drills or if you're an advanced player, you can still do these this week and then come back next week for the advanced basketball drills.

Drill #1: Mikan Drill (3 sets of 10 each side)

Drill #2: Reverse Mikan (3 sets of 10 each side)

Drill #3: Zig Zag Ball-Handling (3 moves on both sides)

Drill #4: One Dribble Move Pull Ups (5x each side each move)

Drill #5: Form Shooting (10 makes each spot)

Drill #6: Spot Shooting (10 makes each spot)

Drill #7: Elbow to Elbow (10 makes each elbow)

Drill #8: Pump Fake Pull Ups (10 makes each elbow)

Drill #9: One Dribble Layups (10 makes each side)

Drill #10: Defensive Slides – (1 set slow, 1 set quick on both sides)

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If you have any questions about any of these basketball drills, please ask them in the comments.

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How To Improve Your Ball Handling At Home

In today's video we are going to show you how to easily improve your ball handling at home with a simple but effective routine.

When doing this stationary ball handling routine it is key to remember these 3 keys:

– Dribble the basketball hard
– It's okay to lose the ball
– Keep your head up

The great thing about this ball handling routine is that it can be done anywhere because minimal room is needed. Which means, even on days you can't get in a gym, you can still easily perform this workout in your basement, garage, or outside.

The moves that you are going to work on in this stationary series will prepare you for real game moves. But don't forget that in order to have elite handles in games you must also practice ball handling drills when you are moving.

I love stationary ball handling drills to do everyday and as warm ups however it shouldn't be the only way that you train your handles.

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For the drills in this video, you are to do every dribble in reps of 20.

If you want to work on your weak hand more (which I highly recommend) then feel free to double the reps on that weak hand.

Once this becomes second nature you will start to see massive improvements in your handles and your game.

Ball handling is all about comfort which is built through repetition. There is a reason why Stephen Curry has his stationary ball handling routine that he does before each and every game.

One – is that it works, and two – is that it makes him extremely comfortable when preparing for a game.

This routine here can easily be done before games, as well, to warm up your handles so that they are primed for in game success.

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