How to Tip-in Basketball the Right Way?
Do you want to improve your rebounding skills? Then you should know how to tip your basketball! Tip drills are designed to develop your timing and jumping abilities for rebounds.
How Tipping Basketball Help the Game
Tip drills are basketball exercises wherein several players take turns in consecutively tipping the ball off the backboard. The ball shouldn’t touch the ground during the exercise.
After each rebound, the player at the front of the queue goes to the back. The next player repeats the drill and so on and so forth. The common goal of the drills: Make the mind and body work in sync when jumping for the ball.
The bottom line: Your tipping abilities can tip the score in your favor. You should practice tip drills along with your dribbling, passing and shooting skills.
How Can You Improve Your Tipping Skills?
The short answer can be: With plenty of practice on tipping drills! The ability to effectively tip the basketball is a skill that can be learned and developed. Your coach can provide the right drills for this purpose.
A few of these tip drills are discussed below. You can combine two or more of these drills in a single practice session.
1. One-hand Tips
This drill can involve scoring the number of tips. For example, you can tip the ball four times with the fifth tip getting a score.
Keep in mind that the outside hand is the hand farthest from the basket. You will find that consecutive tipping (i.e., five times) isn’t as easy as it seems.
2. Alternating One-hand Tips
This is a variation of the one-hand tip but with added difficulty.
For example, tip the ball five times with your right hand. Then tip the ball with your left hand another five times. On the tenth tip, score the ball by tipping it into the basket. Yet another version of the one-hand tip is each player alternating his hands after every tip.
This alternating hand version challenges your dexterity, coordination, and timing, too.
3. Slam Put Backs
This drill is suitable for post players who want to improve on their scoring off tip-ins. This can be done by using one or both hands while difficulty can be added via reps and sets.
Your timing will eventually be near-perfect, even perfect, with each slam. You can apply the skill during games, too.
4. Tip and Get It
This is best done for a set amount of reps, makes, or time.
5. Over and Back Tip
This demands quick reflexes since fast switches between sides are a must.
As an example, you will tip the ball off the blackboard with your right hand for five times. On the fifth tip, you will tip it over the rim so that it’s on the opposite side of the backboard.
You have to quickly switch sides and tip with your left hand five times. These one-ball tips are the foundation of your next step. As soon as you master the drills, you can move to the next challenge – two-ball alternating tips.
You will also find plenty of tip drills that simulate game situations. In a back-tip drill, for example, two defensive players try to tip a ball from a dribbler. The ball must be tipped to a third defender ahead.
After the tip, the defensive players switch to become offensive players. You have to perform these drills preferably under the guidance of your coaches. You will get valuable information about your form and technique in tipping.
The ability to tip a ball will come in handy in many game situations. Keep in mind that rebounds are also scoring opportunities. The better your tipping ability, the better your scoring chances can be.
Tipping a ball also demands muscle memory, thus, the drills. When performing these drills, be sure to add pressure and challenge. This will simulate game conditions so you can be better prepared for them.
Your tipping abilities under pressure will be better for it as well. When your tipping abilities are up to par, your field scoring percentage will improve.