This article aims to teach you how to hold a basketball. We’ll cover the Guide hand, Shooting hand, and Palming. We’ll also touch on Breathing and other important skills. Hopefully, this information will help you improve your shooting technique and have more fun playing the game! Here are some tips:

Palming a basketball

You might have wondered if palming a basketball is a skill you can learn as a beginner. Well, the first step is gaining the necessary hand strength. This is because palming a basketball requires strong grip and finger strength. But even a small-handed player can develop the skill with patience and practice. Using the tips above will help you improve your palming skills and get the desired results. Read on to find out how to palm a basketball!

The size of your hand plays a key role in palming a basketball. For a person to palm a basketball properly, they need hands at least 7.5 inches long and eight inches wide. Obviously, a small hand can palm a basketball as well, but a large hand is better for the purpose of shooting. Moreover, different types of basketballs have varying degrees of grip. A new rubber basketball has the highest grip level. A genuine leather basketball is much slippery.

Once you have mastered this skill, you can practice palming a basketball with a small rubber ball to get the hang of it. This exercise will also help you strengthen the muscles and ligaments in your hands. When you have completed 10 repetitions, switch to a small rubber ball and repeat the exercise a few more times. Eventually, you’ll be able to palm a basketball with ease. So, if you’ve always wanted to shoot a basketball, now’s the time to master palming a basketball.

Guide hand

You may have heard the term “guide hand” and are not sure what it means. The hand on the side of the ball that supports the ball is called the guide hand. It is a vital part of the shooting motion and should be kept loosely on the ball. Your fingers should point upward. You should not grip the ball or power it to the basket with your guide hand. The guide hand is the most important part of the basketball movement, and is often neglected.

The proper way to use the Guide hand when holding a basketball is crucial to a shooter’s success. The guide hand is typically in the way the ball is held by the shooter when the shooter is not holding the ball in the correct position. This is because the shooting hand will be held out from underneath the ball, causing the elbow to go outside the wrist. In addition, if your guide hand is on the side of the ball, it will push the ball away from your target.

Another important tip for a good guide hand is to keep your hand relaxed. While holding the ball, it should remain in contact with the ball until you release it. Ideally, the guide hand should be a thumb pointing back towards your head, as this signifies the hand stayed quiet when guiding the shot. After the shot is completed, the non-shooting hand should stay off the ball. Instead, use your fingertips to hold the ball.

Shooting hand

Having the correct shooting hand position is essential for a perfect shot. The hand should be spread out comfortably under the basketball and the wrist should be slightly bent backward. This position creates a “shooting platform” where the ball will rest when it is ready for a shot. If the hand is too loose or too tight, the ball will not be able to fall on the shooting hand, resulting in a low, errant shot.

Another aspect of proper shooting form is alignment. The shooting arm should be behind the ball with the elbow and wrist tilted back. Ensure that the hand is straight and the fingers are perpendicular to the seams of the ball. The non-shooting hand should be at the side of the ball. This will allow the ball to leave the hand easily. This technique will help a shooter get a perfect shot.

A good shooting technique involves aligning the hands and the feet. The shooting hand should be pointing towards the basket. The non-shooting hand should be on the side of the ball. The balance hand should not add extra force to the shot. The hand should come off the ball first. After setting up the hand, the basketball should be pushed upward with a slight angle. The elbow should be positioned comfortably under the ball.


In order to be an effective basketball player, you should learn how to control your breathing while holding a ball. Breathing naturally is a natural part of your body, but you can practice and control it to be more effective. There are many different aspects of the game of basketball, and having trouble breathing while playing can make your game much more difficult. To make your breathing more effective, practice deep breathing while holding a basketball and try to breathe deeply during the game.

One of the most effective ways to breathe while holding a basketball is to take deep breaths before releasing the ball. The exhale should be deep and smooth. You should also be sure to exhale slowly and completely. You should also try to breathe through your nose before releasing the ball. Repeat the exhalation three times. You can also repeat this technique whenever you feel short of breath. You should repeat the process at least three times a day to keep your breath constant and even.

One study compared the effects of basketball activity on lung diffusion and lung volume. The children who were actively playing basketball had higher DmCO/VA and DmCO/Vc ratios than the control group. These differences may be a result of improved lung diffusion or reduced lung membrane thickness. Further studies will be necessary to determine the kinetics of this change. The results were interpreted in light of the study’s limitations and are expected to influence the design of future basketball training and exercise programs.

Positioning of the ball on the guide hand

A good starting point for releasing a jumper is to position the ball on the guide hand. It should be firm but relaxed. The guide hand should be kept in contact with the ball all the way until it is released. The guide hand should also remain vertical and not flick or push the ball. The ball should finish high and straight on the guide hand. This position should be maintained throughout the entire shot.

The non-shooting hand should be positioned loosely on the ball to avoid interfering with the shot. The guiding hand should rest in a vertical position on the side of the basketball. The fingers of the guide hand should point upward. The shooting hand should not be used to grip the basketball or push it to the basket. Its purpose is to balance the ball and prevent the shooter from grabbing it in an inward motion.

Most people do not focus enough on the positioning of their feet. The feet should be shoulder-width apart, but slightly wider. The foot should be slightly forward if it is on the side of the dominant hand. The faster the feet are positioned, the faster the shooter will be able to release the ball. Positioning the ball on the guide hand is very important in shooting, as it can result in a miss to the left or right. The guide hand should be used only to stabilize the ball during a shot, as gripping the ball with an off-hand is a big mistake that will result in a bad shot. To begin with, practice shooting from close range with only your index finger.

Violation of the rules of basketball

There are several violations in basketball, including basket interference and goaltending. A basket interference occurs when an offensive player touches the ball above the rim before it hits the backboard, preventing the other team from converting a basket. Goaltending, on the other hand, occurs when a defensive player touches the ball above the rim after it has already hit the backboard. Either violation results in a turnover for the offensive team, while the latter receives points for a missed shot.

When holding a ball, players should not kick it. This can occur when a defender is trying to move, or when a pass deflects off of the offensive player. If the basketball is kicked, it awards possession to the opposing team. The NBA has many more rules regarding ball possession, and they are all vital to the game. Here are some common violations and when they occur.

A double dribble is a violation of the rules of basketball when a player stops holding the ball before continuing dribbling. This happens in several scenarios, including receiving a pass, dribbling, and stopping to avoid a defensive player. In some cases, a player dribbles the ball, then stops to fake a pass to another teammate. A player should resume dribbling after the first offense, and avoid a double dribble.

Practice without a ball

When playing basketball, it’s helpful to practice without a ball so you can improve your technique without being distracted by distractions. Aside from the physical stress, practicing without a basketball can make you a better player by reducing your learning curve and focusing on improving your basketball athletics. Here are a few ways to improve your shooting technique without a ball:

Drills: You can use a sidewalk crack to perform drills that are similar to those you would do on a basketball court. Practice dribbling from your left hand to your right while hitting the same spot on the floor with each shot. Make sure to keep your eyes open during these drills to improve your feel for the ball. For even more advanced drills, use a wall that’s a foot or two higher than the height of your court.

Shooting drill: If you’re struggling to improve your shooting technique, you can practice against a wall. A tall concrete wall will provide many options. Begin with the chest pass and try to catch a rebound. Gradually move on to shooting higher, but be careful not to hit anything when practicing. The goal is to make it second nature. Then, practice a few times a day. As you get more confident, you can increase your difficulty level.

Itamar ben dor

My name is Itamar Ben-Dor, I'm 31 years old, and I spend most of my life in Jerusalem, Israel. I'm the owner of the "" I've been blogging about basketball For a very long time - both professional and college basketball. In my free time, I enjoy playing basketball (obviously!), watching movies, and spending time with my friends and family. Thanks for reading!