Amaze Your Friends by Spinning a Basketball on Your Finger – Guide and Tips
When you think about it, watching a basketball player perform tricks with a basketball is entertaining.
The world famous Harlem Globetrotters are an iconic team, and they always have new surprises up their sleeve! One thing I’ve seen them do in live performances that always impresses me is when one of them will spin the entire time while bouncing off two or three players at once, looking like nothing else but the air itself, as if gravity didn’t exist (or maybe even send them floating). Its impressive how long they keep the ball constantly spinning and even make it look easy.
Spinning the ball requires good balance and hand-eye coordination — and anyone can learn to do this trick with practice.
In fact, it’s not as difficult or impossible as most people think!
- 1 Learn to Spin a Basketball
- 2 The Best Way to Spin a Basketball
- 4 Wrapping Up…
Learn to Spin a Basketball
You may even want to try spinning any object in your hands when walking around the house. Be careful not to break anything expensive, lol!
Here are a few things to consider before starting this trick.
- Find an old basketball that is worn and maybe even slick. The less grip (or friction), the easier it will be for you to spin on your finger.
- Select which finger to spin the ball on — it doesn’t have to be your index or middle finger. You can use any of them—even other parts (like an elbow) when you get good.
- Trim Fingernails – A quick trim can make your nails more manageable and less risky. If they’re too long, it may be difficult if you bend back the fingernail, which could be painful if the ball pushes the fingernail back.
- Space is important for learning because the basketball could bounce around, and anything inside your house could get damaged.
- Patience and persistence are skills that must be worked at in order to succeed. Spinning the ball is not an easy task, but with time you’ll find yourself getting better — partly to your muscle memory taking over after some practice sessions.
The Best Way to Spin a Basketball
The best way to learn how to spin a basketball on your finger is by practicing. The following are tips and steps that will help, but keep in mind that there isn’t just one way of doing something. This means you can always get more advice from someone who knows what they’re doing or try out new techniques during practice sessions for even better results. The video below can also help. Here’s the steps to take…
Step 1: Preparation
Check that you have everything on the list above along with enough room for the trial and error learning.
Step 2: Master the art of spinning the basketball in the air
If you haven’t tried it before, let me tell you that spinning the basketball on your finger is not as easy as it seems. Sure you’ve seen others spin the basketball and they might even make it look easy. With practice, you can do it too. Toss the ball upwards with it spinning to get a feel for how this starts.
You can use two methods: one-handed or two-handed, depending on whether there’s more than just yourself and sometimes rotating faster makes things easier for beginners that have less muscle strength in their arms!
Method 1: The Two-handed spin
This is the way I like to do it. It gives you more control and power, but at a price – your initial spin will take longer than normal!
- Hold the ball on its side, with the grips (black lines) vertical, at about chest level. One hand should be extended around the bottom of the ball, while the other should be flat on the side.
- Twist your hands in an upward motion, spinning the ball and launching it into the air. Don’t toss it too far into the air.
- Just focus on acquiring a good feel for how to spin the ball and maintaining a consistent, steady spin in the air at this point. The stripes should be going steadily in a circle rather than wavering in all directions.
- Work on increasing your speed after you have a solid steady spin.
Method 2: The One-handed spin
The one-handed spin is a little cooler and can sometimes be easier to get onto your finger.
Use your dominant hand for this. Move the ball from the palm of your hand and let it rest on your fingertips. Rotate your wrist and snap the ball quickly. You’ll want to spin the basketball while tossing into the air. Raise your index finger (or other finger) at a slight angle and catch the center of the basketball onto your index finger. Keep the basketball balanced on your finger so that it will spin longer.
When the basketball slows down, you can use your other hand to tap the sides of the basketball to continue the spin (touch the basketball lightly so that it doesn’t fall off your finger).
There’s also an added challenge of spinning the ball fast, but once you learn how it gets much faster!
Step 3: Spinning the Basketball on Your Finger Once it Gets Going
It’s time to go for it once you’ve got a strong, consistent spin. Toss the ball into the air using one of the methods shown above; be cautious not to get too much height on it, or it may bounce off your finger (and possibly injure it).
As you throw the ball into the air, extend your dominant hand’s index finger and move it upward with the ball until it makes contact with the ball. You can softly contact the ball by lifting your finger slowly upward, giving it a smooth landing so it does not bounce off. Your finger should make contact with the ball in the bottom center.
Once your finger makes contact with the spinning ball, you may need to move your hand back and forth slightly until the spinning ball is balanced on your finger. The spinning ball’s motion will assist in keeping it balanced at that time.
Step 4: Maintaining the Flow
The ball will eventually slow down and lose its momentum, and it will fall off if it slows down too much. To keep the ball spinning, lightly slap or graze the side of the ball with your free hand. A light touch is needed as otherwise the ball will fall off your finger if done too forcefully.
This video shows three easy steps to get started.
Practice makes perfect. You’ll get the hang of it quickly.
This is true for many things, including coordination skills; if you struggle at first, don’t give up; keep trying with constant practicing. We know you can do this.