Get in the Zone - Take Your Basketball Game to the Next
Basketball is part physical, and part mental. To really
become the best player you can become takes not only physical
ability and basketball skill, but also mental ability and
The physical part of the game includes things like strength,
quickness, jumping ability, hand-eye coordination, and stamina.
The basketball skills part of the game includes things like
shooting, passing, dribbling, defensive, and rebounding skills.
The mental, or thinking part of basketball includes things
like confidence, court awareness, leadership, and focus or
the ability to finish plays. By working on the mental part
of your game, and improving these areas, you'll actually improve
the physical and skill parts of your game.
Great basketball players have high levels of confidence. They
take the court believing that they'll perform well, and be
able to outplay the competition. Even if they miss a shot,
make a bad pass, or have a situation that doesn't go their
way, they still believe in themselves, and trust that in the
long run, they'll end up on the winning side of things. This
unwavering confidence is what carries them to winning games,
and success in their careers.
This confidence in their game translates into confidence in
the other areas of the game as well:
- Shooting: they have confidence that their shot will fall,
even in pressure situations
- Ball handling: they know they can dribble effectively, even
under intense pressure
- Defense: they feel confident that they can shut the opposition
down at any time
- Rebounding: confident players trust they can dominate the
defensive glass, and be a force on the offensive side as well
Playing at your best requires tons of practice. Establish
your physical and basketball skills, then work on improving
the mental part of your game as well. As you become more confident
in your game, as you become better able to succeed in pressure
situations, you'll see yourself getting closer and closer
to reaching your potential as a player.
Patrick Chylinski is a former college and professional
basketball player who now does private coaching in the Los
Angeles area. Visit his basketball
training website for more tips and training information.
Also visit his basketball
in the zone website for ways to improve the mental part
of your game.
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