Learn How To Dunk Using These 3 Simple Techniques
If you want to learn how to dunk a basketball, you've come to the right place. You see, it’s not just about jumping super high. It’s about creating explosive force through strength and speed. This is what is going to create the explosion in your legs to catapult you above the rim. Unless you were born with hops or you’re naturally tall, you’ll want to learn how to jump higher. We know that dunking is absolutely no question the most enjoyable attractions in basketball. Training your legs to become stronger and more explosive will allow you to increase your vertical jump while bringing you closer to dunking with ease.
Before you do anything, it's important that you start with a warm-up. Some jumping jacks or running in place will work just fine. If you are not able to jump high enough yet, make sure you practice on a shorter rim to get a feel for it. When you're attempting a dunk, concentration is vital. Don't just think about jumping high, you need to visualize yourself being able to dunk a basketball. Run the entire process in your head first before you make it happen in real life. This technique is called "visualization." All elite athletes have the ability to visualize themselves already successfully accomplishing their goals, now you can too.
The most important aspect of your jump is the “approach.” It’s about 90% of your jump so if you get this wrong then you’re done before you even get started.
Unfortunately, the approach more often than not gets overlooked. How many times have you actually ever practiced your approach? Most likely, never. If you are serious about learning exactly how to dunk a basketball then you need to master the approach. We're going to go over the proper approach that will instantly improve your jumping ability. First, were going to go over the 3 biggest mistakes players make when going up for a dunk.
#1- The Stutter Step
Stutter stepping is when you take way too many steps in the beginning. Instead of it helping your jump it actually causes deceleration and it will ultimately cause you to instinctively stutter step every time you go up for a dunk.
You want as much speed as possible on your take off. This is called the MCV (Maximum Controlled Velocity). You want to take the horizontal speed vertical. You don't want to start off too fast because if you don't time your jump perfectly, by the time you take off you'll end up slowing down and having no power in your jump.
#3- Too Much Forward Lean
When you're attacking the basket you want to make sure your chest is up and not pointing at the ground. Too much forward lean and you end jumping horizontally versus vertically. You want to jump straight up not sideways. If you're having trouble doing this just look up at the rim. This technique will this allow you to control your momentum. Remember, learning how to dunk in basketball isn't something you can learn overnight, you need to constantly practice these techniques.
The One Foot & Two Foot Jump Approach
The same techniques you use on your one-foot approach will be used on your two step approach as well. The biggest difference is with the two step jump you will take a few steps less. The first thing you want to make sure is that you are running on the balls of your feet. The proper term is called Dorsiflexion. You want to avoid having your foot at an angle. This is called Plantar-Flexion. As you can see from the image below that with Plantar-Flexion your foot is at a downward angle which limits your explosive power. The Dorsiflexion technique allows you to have more power and speed on your take off to the rim. Just think about punching somebody, would you want to punch someone with your fingers or with your fists? Your fist obviously. Plantar-Flexion is like punching with your fingers and Dorsiflexion is like punching with your fists.
You're final step you want to make is the "Penultimate Step." This is where all your power is going. You want those last two steps to be fast and explosive.
These are very important fundamental principles that you must follow. Once these mistakes are corrected, you should see a big increase in your vertical jump and be on your way to throwing down epic dunks. This isn't an overnight magic trick so don't get discouraged if you're not able to see results right away. Practice, persistence, and patience will lead you to dunking in no time. If you can get this right then your one step closer to understanding the art of dunking. Another tip is to practice holding the ball while you're jumping. Controlling the ball is a vital factor that many folks tend to neglect. Your height or your jumping ability does not matter if you're not able to grasp this technique.
Make sure you have a quality pair of basketball sneakers. They are made to absorb the pressure of the soles of your feet when you're jumping. Don't make the mistake of buying cheap shoes because you will feel the consequences over the long haul and will have a high probability of injury.
My favorite pair of basketball shoes are Allen Iverson's "The Answer," by Reebok. These are the same shoes used by AI when he crossed up Michael Jordan.
A properly executed dunk in basketball is a breath-taking experience, especially when it's done on an opponent. It causes the crowd to roar and cheer. It's a beautiful display of power, strength, speed, and impact. It is a show of talent that can leave mouths dropped and eyeballs popped.