How to Play basketball like Stephen Curry

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Accelerate your Basketball Skills Development

Play Basketball like Stephen CurryStephen Curry has created a new excitement and inspiration in the NBA. The common myth is that this is based on a natural talent that puts him in a place that most players can´t expect to reach. However, the truth is that you can learn how to play basketball like Stephen Curry, because what makes Stephen a genius is his practice.

Perhaps the greatest of the myths is that peak sports performance comes from the amount of hours that you practice. Whilst it is true that to become a brilliant player you have to put in the hours, not all practice is equal. The difference comes from the way you practice so that every minute of your practice gives you a maximum return on the court.

Stephen´s practice routine is well documented. So in this article I want to focus on how to accelerate your skills development and their impact on your game and stats.

In order accelerate your learning you need your brain and nervous system to store every move instantly and at a deep level. This means that every repetition creates a profound and automatic muscle mind memory that converts into a quantum leap in your performance.

Let me give you an example. One of the most common themes that basketball players bring to their Performance Coaching sessions with me is their free throw percentages. On average they begin with a percentage of 65%. After a process of just 8 hours this has increased to 85% with many of my clients achieving a free throw average of over 90% in just a few weeks.

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Bring Basketball Performance Coaching into your Practice

basketball-accelerated-learningYou accelerate your learning by what happens inside of yourself whilst you are practicing. There are specific techniques that link directly into the neuroplasticity of your brain creating fast, deep and permanent learning that will convert you into a genius. This your already know. If you think about your school teachers, you can quickly realize that with the boring and repetitive teachers you learned almost nothing. However, with the teachers who inspired you, made you laugh and have fun you learned really quickly. You probably have a fact that you remember with crystal clarity just because of the way it was taught.

This phenomenon has been highly studied by neuroscientists over the last 20 years. In order to accelerate your learning you need to include 3 new levels in your practice:

  1. An emotional connection.
  2. It needs to make sense.
  3. Use your senses.

 

  1. An Emotional Connection

We learn best when we are relaxed, having fun and feeling great feelings. Too often we think that having fun is irresponsible and that discipline is serious.

The reality is the opposite. We can be disciplined and have fun. In fact, the more fun you have the easier it is to be disciplined because you will be really inspired to want to do your practice.

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“Focus on your passion, the more you enjoy it, the better you play” Gareth Bale

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One of the central themes that I work on with my basketball Performance Coaching clients is that we create a personalized practice program which includes all the necessary technical elements and which at the same time is inspiring, exciting and fun.

All the greatest players, Stephen Curry included, experience powerful positive emotions during their practice. So if you want to play basketball like Stephen Curry or any other of your greatest heroes this needs to be a key element in your practice.

The stronger the positive emotions that you feel during your practice, the faster and deeper you will learn. Imagine for a moment feeling powerfully inspired and brilliant during your practice.

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  1. It Needs to Make Sense

What you practice needs to be linked to your actual performance on the court and to your vision of your potential and ambitions. Frequently basketball players come to me with a practice full of drills which are in no way linked to either of these. They also come with high levels of frustration, because they put in hours of practice which doesn´t show up in the game and in their results.

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  1. Use your Senses

The more you can use your 3 key senses of sight, sound and feeling at the same time in your practice, the faster you will develop your skills.

It is very common for players to be centered in their thinking whist they are practicing or to be dominated by just one of their senses, what they see, or what they feel for example. This slows down your speed of learning and skills development.

accelerated basketball skills developmentThe ideal learning state takes time, practice and discipline to develop. In this state your mind is quiet, relaxed and you are simply in every detail of the moment. You feel every sensation in your body with the curiosity of a child. You are without any analysis or judgment. At the same time you allow your eyes and ears to simply absorb everything they see and hear. You trust the deep part of your brain (where the learning really happens) to make all the connections and learning that it needs to make to master the skill.

This state is that simple and at the same time requires in itself great skill to develop. This is why I include it as an integral part of my Basketball Performance Coaching Program.

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Deeper Blocks

If your practice is not giving you adequate results on court and in your statistics there may be a deeper cause where your nervous system is blocking your learning because of past experiences. The good news is that we can reset your nervous system to release these blocks and free your capacity to learn and develop your skills to a new level of brilliance.

In conclusion, you can learn using old and slow methods or using accelerated learning processes. This means that each hour of training has a quicker, bigger and deeper result on court. In another article I will explain the science behind this method, because it is based on the latest brain research into neuroplasticity. Where we can create new brain cells and multiple new connections at an accelerated rate and at any age. This results in the neurons rearranging, setting the information, skills and abilities deep into the nervous system where they resurge as “instinct” during the game. This means that you can really learn to play basketball like Stephen Curry or even better said; play like you with an equal or even higher skill level than Stephen.

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More information on my Basketball Performance Coaching Program

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