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.

Call To Action

You can add 5-10 inches just by fixing your technique. If you need any help with that, I have a free guide which you can download here. It is my free Instant Vertical Guide program that will help you add those inches to your jump. 

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