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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Tips Dribble Basketball Better

One of the most overlooked aspects of dribbling a basketball is keeping your head up. This is one of the differences between a great ball handler and a good ball handler. If you want to dribble a basketball better you have to keep your head up. When you have your head down looking at the ball, you may telegraph your moves which makes it easy for the defender to steal the basketball, and it makes it difficult for you to see the court when your head is down. At first it may seem challenging or even impossible to dribble with your head up but if you really want to handle the ball better, you have to dribble with your head up.

Another great tip to help you handle the basketball better is to dribble low and hard. There are two obvious reasons why this is important. If you dribble the basketball low, your defender will have a hard time stealing the ball and if they do try to steal the ball it can give you an opportunity to drive to the basket or use a crossover dribble move. If you dribble the ball hard and low, not only will it be tough for your opponents to steal the ball but they will also be somewhat intimidated to steal the ball because you’re dribbling the ball low and hard which would make it grueling to time a steal.

If you really want to handle the basketball better you will need to master stationary and speed and movement ball handling. Stationary dribbling would be like dribbling the ball standing still whether you’re doing a regular dribble, a crossover dribble, or a between-the-leg dribble. And speed and movement dribbling would be dribbling a basketball up and down the court as fast as you can. Some people only master one type of dribbling, and it’s usually stationary, but you need to master speed and movement dribbling as well.

Once you can handle the ball with your head up at all times, dribble hard and low and work on stationary and speed and movement ball handling you will start to notice an improvement in your basketball handle. Like I said before perfect practice makes perfect, so if you want to handle the basketball better you have to practice the right way. Implement these tips every time you dribble a basketball and you will improve your game.

Basic Learning Scuba Diving

Stage 1: Understanding the theory of diving

Once you enroll for diving, you are given literature and DVDs to understand diving. You can study on your own or there is the option of classroom study. Online courses are also available. Various institutes provide e-learning material to their students. The study material basically contains information about basic diving techniques, effects of diving on the body, diving safety, selection of diving equipment and its maintenance, etc. After the completion of the course, a test is held. Passing the test prepares you for the next stage.

Stage 2: Training in Confined Waters

After you understand the concepts of diving completely,you are ready to be trained in confined waters like a swimming pool or a calm beach. The first stage of underwater training is ideally done in shallow waters where you can stand under water. After training, you will gradually gain the confidence of staying under water. Then you can venture into deeper confined waters. Once you are comfortable under water, you are ready for the next stage.

Stage 3: Open Water Diving

All the preparation finally culminates into achieving the main objective of scuba diving in open waters. Open water diving is diving in big seas or oceans. Initially, open water diving is done by going down with diving instructors. After a few such sessions, the person is ready for independent scuba-diving.

Some training institutes offer the facility of ‘referral training’. Referral training is when you can complete the theory and the confined water training stages at your home location, and have the flexibility to complete the open water stage at any location of your choice.

Improve Smash in Badminton

Firstly, getting the right direction to the smash. This comes down to court awareness and the position of your body and leading arm. Get any of these wrong and you won’t hit the part of the court you were aiming for.

Secondly to get more power, you need the strength and power in the muscles that contract in order to play the shot, so the shoulders and forearm muscles need to be worked. To help keep balance and direction strong core muscles are also vital for stability.

Thirdly you need to hit the shuttlecock at the right point. To do this you should always be behind the shuttle, so that you make contact with it directly in front of you, ideally hit at the highest point forwards of your racket shoulder.

Your wrist should be ‘cocked’ or bent backwards before the shot and then snapped forwards at the point of impact to hit the shuttle with maximum power. This should resemble a whipping action.

Finally in order to get in to the right position, you need the fitness and speed to be able to move in front of the shuttlecock to be able to hit it properly.

To do this you’ll also need to ensure that your feet are in a ‘front to back’ formation with your weight forwards so that the thrust can be made from the back leg which will propel you forwards as you hit and follow through with the smash.

One final tip that you can use for developing power in your smash is to try watching the racket actually hit the shuttlecock, this way you might be able to see where things are going wrong.

These are some useful tips for how to improve your smash in Badminton, but ideally you should work with a coach or invest in some training DVD’s to see exactly how to play the shot properly.