spin a basketball

The spin on a basketball is what can make or break your game. Today, we will be talking about how to spin a basketball and some ways you can practice this skill. This blog post includes step-by-step instructions on how to spin the ball correctly. As well as tips for improving your technique.

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The Physics Behind The Spin

A basketball can spin on your finger because of the spin force. The spin force is caused by what’s called angular momentum, and it causes the basketball to spin on your finger.

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Use Your Dominant Hand

Spin with your dominant hand only while keeping another arm still. It will help to spin a basketball on its side or at least flat against palm. You can also use this spin technique by spinning it very fast without moving your body much. So the ball rolls around in a circle instead of trying to move elbow point. Which might not be possible for some people.

Throw, Don’t Push

Spin from throwing the ball instead of pushing it with fingers. But remember that rolling is easier than flicking when learning new techniques! Once you are used to this throw/spin motion then increase speed until spin comes out naturally.

If you tried this before but never got any result. Then there was probably a problem with starting position, spin grip, spin timing, or spin speed.

Another spin trick is to try spinning the ball on its side (or at least flat against palm). Instead of just your fingertips. This will spin it faster because you don’t have to move through as much air before rotating around our elbow point. But be sure not to let go.

Stay Efficient

If you are having trouble with any technique then make sure there isn’t another step involved where energy has to transfer from one body part to another like rolling vs flicking.

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If you find yourself doing an extra motion when trying a spin trick for instance (rolling hand under basketball and releasing over top) then that might mean positioning is wrong or perhaps rotation velocity needs improving!

Also, avoid holding onto the ball after each spin attempt (and while spin is happening) – this will make spin feel very unnatural and might not work at all!

Spin The Basketball On Its Side or Flat

Spin basketball on its side or flat against your palm for maximum spin potential.

If you are trying to increase the speed of spin then move your hand through less air before rotating around elbow point because there’s less distance covered by the ball so it rotates faster, but be sure to start with enough energy in throw/push motion so rotation happens after release.

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Quality Over Quantity

Finally, remember that quality over quantity when it comes time to take spinning a little seriously – being able to do one great spin trick well is better than being just barely capable of performing two different moves without messing up badly.

How to Spin a Basketball | Step-by-Step

  • Find a Basketball

First, find a basketball that’s the right size for your hand – if it feels too light then spin speed might be improved but the ball loses spin accuracy.

  • Stretch your fingers and arms

Stretch your fingers and arms before starting a spin practice, take a few seconds to get ready.

  • Find the grooves in the ball

Try to find the grooves in the ball, spin it by rotating your hand around its center.

Aim for spin vs speed! Don’t rush into spin practice just yet – you need to get used to this motion before increasing either rotation velocity or spin difficulty level.

  • Hold the ball up with your elbow a little above your hip

Throw the ball up with your elbow a little above your hip, spin it on its side, or flat against your palm.

  • Flick your hand and thumb to spin the ball

Flick your hand and thumb to spin the ball, try not to spin it with just one or two fingers.

  • Catch the ball on the tip of your dominant index finger

Once the basketball drops from spin, catch it on the tip of your dominant index finger.

  • Keep your finger directly in the center of the ball where the grooves meet

Your spin will be most powerful when the ball is spinning on its grooves and your finger stays in the center of that spin.

  • Bring your arm back down to a comfortable position

Bring your arm back down to a comfortable position, spin the ball slowly in one hand for practice.

  • Continue practicing until you can balance the ball perfectly

Don’t stop practicing! Continue spin practices on basketballs when you’re done reading this blog post.

How Long Does It Take To Learn How To Spin a Basketball?

It takes an average of about two months to spin a basketball correctly.

Don’t let this discourage you! Everyone starts not being able to spin the ball much but it will get better with time and practice, just keep practicing day-by-day until spinning becomes easier for you.

With consistent effort over time, even goals that seem impossible can be achieved – if your goal is to learn how to spin a basketball then stick with it!

You’ll eventually see results as long as you are dedicated enough throughout the entire process. Keep at it always!! Don’t give up because once the motion comes naturally spinnin’ on a basketball can be an unstoppable habit.

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Record For The Longest Basketball Spin

According to The Guinness World Records, the longest time to spin a basketball on one finger using one hand is 11 min 22.22 sec, achieved by Narayan Bhattarai (Nepal) in Kathmandu, Nepal on 8 May 2018.

Don’t spin a basketball for that long just yet! Try to spin it on your finger or flat against the palm of your hand for about 30 seconds at first and then build up from there.


We hope you enjoyed reading our blog post on spin a basketball. It’s possible to spin a basketball and practice every day for it! Try not to over-complicate the process or give up too easily – just keep practicing, improving bit by bit with each spin session you do.

Remember to have fun with this spin practice by keeping an open mind and finding new ways to improve spinning techniques every day you spend practicing – don’t be afraid to try something different if what you’ve been doing lately isn’t working out so well anymore!

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