Basketball Bay Jump Higher? Dunking? Better in Shooting? Better in Blocking? It's All Possible through Hard Work! Tue, 11 Apr 2017 19:59:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 109641613 10 Best Basketball Ball 2017 Wed, 05 Apr 2017 12:55:40 +0000

Not knowing which ball you should buy is terrifying right?

Which one good for indoor, or outdoor.. Which one Great for shooting, or dribbling.. Also which one better for doing drills.. Or maybe, you even need cheap and good basketball?

Worry not, in this occasion we will cover the best basketball ball for your needs in 2017!


Ball NameOfficial SizeMaterialIndoor/OutdoorPrice
Wilson Evolution5, 6, 7Microfiber Composite LeatherIndoor Check
Baden Elite - Highly Recommended Indoor Basketball6, 7Advanced MicrofiberIndoor Check
Spalding TF-Trainer - Recommended for Improving Skill6, 7CompositeIndoor/Outdoor Check
Chastep Mini Basketball - Recommended for Kids6 InchesFoamIndoor Check
DribbleUp Smart Training - Recommended for Tracking Improvement6, 7Premium MicrofiberIndoor Check
Spalding NBA Zi/07Composite Leather CoverIndoor/Outdoor Check
Spalding Neverflat - Highly Recommended for Outdoor6, 7RubberIndoor/Outdoor Check
Wilson Killer Crossover - Cheap and Great Outdoor Basketball5, 6, 7Optima RubberIndoor/Outdoor Check
Spalding NBA Varsity - Recommended for Best and Cheap Outdoor Basketball6, 7RubberOutdoor Check
Spalding NBA Street Phantom - Great Grip Outdoor Basketball7RubberOutdoor Check


Wilson Evolution Indoor Basketball Game  – Great Indoor Basketball

Wilson Evolution Indoor Basketball
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Wilson Evolution give the maximum grip and ball control, and this is because their technology and material used. With microfiber composite leather cover, it’s assure you to get the best performance.

Just for you information, mircrofiber composite leather cover is the highest quality microfiber composite performance leather.

Not just that, this ball also using pebbled composite leather rather than traditional rubber to enhance gripability.

There are 2 balls that often compared to this ball which is Spalding T-1000 and Baden Elite.. To be honest, Baden Elite is better than them, and still… This is a great ball too.

This ball are NCAA and NHFS approved! Can’t be a wrong choice.



  • Microfiber composite leather cover that makes it greats for ball handling, and make sure to get the best performance
  • Best for indoor
  • NCAA and NFHS Approval


  • Currently, there are some issue about ball durability and air leak, If you find it that way, just ask for ball replacement right away.. Overall, this ball is still the best.


Baden Elite Indoor Game Basketball – Best Indoor Basketball ( Highly Recommended )

Baden Elite Indoor Game Basketball
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When you’re searching basketball for indoor game, you can’t be wrong with Baden Elite. We know there’s much great branded ball as spalding and wilson, but you can expect the greatest from this baden elite ball.

It has great grip, soft and feels tacky because the ball is using microfiber cover so you will find it really comfortable for dribble. Can you imagine that? Soft, tacky, but still has natural bounce which gives us ball handling level goes up feelings. And what’s more is the ball also perfectly symmetric so that it’s PERFECT for dribble. You won’t get irregular bounce with it.

This ball is NHFS approved! So, this is some kind of official ball and can be trusted for it’s quality.

At first, you’ll find it feels too tacky.. But, when you’re using it about a couple of hours, it starts to peel off ( not in a bad way ) and it will give you the best ball handling feeling. It’s also great for shooting because you can feel the ball smoothly released from your fingertip.



  • Microfiber Cover that makes it soft, tacky
  • Great for dribble and shooting for indoor
  • NFHS Approval


  • Can’t find one… I think it’s perfect for indoor basketball!


Spalding TF-Trainer Weighted Trainer Ball ( 3Lbs ) – Best Weighted Basketball for Training ( Recommended for Improve Skills )

Spalding TF-Trainer Weighted Basketball
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Wow? Isn’t weighted basketball bad for training? Isn’t it giving us the wrong feelings when dribbling, passing, shooting, etc?

Yeah, I think so too until I see this ball!

What makes us get the wrong feelings if we training using weighted ball? It’s because the ball doesn’t have correct bounce that can ruin everything we’ve done. But, spalding has make a great move by making this weighted ball bounce correctly just like regulation basketball!

This ball also using composite cover so it will give us excellent grip and feeling while handling the ball.

With this Spalding TF-Trainer Weighted Ball, you can develop power moves.. Not only that, it’s also improves your arm, wrist and finger strength for dribbling, passing and shooting.

Don’t get it wrong.. It can improve your shooting distance, but it can’t improve your shooting accuracy. So, don’t expect it at all. And also I recommend you not forcing shoot from long distance because it can impact to your elbow. Train it for short distance, and if you’re stronger, you can increase the distance.

Please remember that if you’re getting strained elbow, it will makes your hard training useless. Don’t aiming for too fast improvement.


  • Improves your ball handling, passing, and shooting range
  • Bounces like regulation basketball
  • Feels like normal basketball in control, just more heavier


  • None at all. Except, you can’t use this for playing a match ( obviously ).


Chastep Mini Basketball – Best Basketball for Kids ( Recommended )

Chastep Mini Basketball
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Let us think for a second.. What kind of basketball we want for our kids?

I think as a parents, you all will said the same which is “the ball that doesn’t hurt my kids”.. As we know, almost all basketball ball is rough and can do damage to children.

That’s why you would love Chastep Mini Basketball. Chastep making a basketball with kids in mind..

And what makes chastep mini basketball is great for kids?

Well… One of the best feature of this ball is the material, this ball specially use eco-friendly material.. It’s using foam ( polyurethane to be exact ) so it will not hurt your kids, has anti microbial feature. This material also non poisonous PVC.

Chastep Mini Basketball Passed SGS Test and European Standard EN-71 Test specifies safety requirement for kids toys

Also, it doesn’t make a lot of noise and will not breaking things when it hit because the ball is using foam. What’s more is no need to worry about air leak problem since it’s not an air filled basketball.


  • Non toxic
  • Very soft, good for kids and for things around them
  • Passed safety requirements for kids toys ( SGS Test and European Standard EN-71 Test )


  • The ball color fades too fast..


DribbleUpSmartTraining Basketball – Great for tracking improvement and measure your dribble skills

Dribble up Smart Training Basketball
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Would you like to know your dribble speed? Crossover speed? Or maybe your endurance?

Then this ball is perfect for you.. This ball is connected to the android/ios apps to measure and tracking your ball handling skills & speed.

Another feature that’s good for you is Personal Virtual Coach! It will help you do dribble drills, making your dribble more effective and improve your overall dribbling skills. When I said “It will help” that means you’ll be given drills that will improve your skills depend on your measurement statistic.

Dribble Up Smart Training Basketball is using premium microfiber that is extremely durable and can works in all weather conditions

Dribble Up Smart Training Basketball isn’t important for someone who doesn’t care about their improvement, just doing basketball for hobby. No offense at all, I’m just stating the truth.. But, you can also get fun by watching your growth when you do dribble drills.

And then, why I said it’s not important for who just doing basketball for hobby?

It’s because almost all hobby player is just love to play, but didn’t like to train basketball. So, if you love to train, Dribble Up Smart Training Basketball is great for you.


  • Extreme durable ball
  • Can do measure, track your ball handling improvement, take a role as your private coach and giving drills option for improving your ball handling skills
  • Has apps for IOS and androids


  • The ball color fades too fast..


Spalding NBA Zi/0 Indoor/Outdoor Basketball – Good basketball for indoor and outdoor

Spalding NBA Zi/0 Indoor/Outdoor basketball
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About this ball, I can say that this ball is good enough for indoor and outdoor usage depends on the outdoor type. If you said it’s a concrete field, then this ball is up to it and will have a long life. The best about Spalding NBA Zi/0 is the ball feeling. It’s like using the real NBA ball.

However, this ball has a little complex issue when it comes about slippery. Every ball has it’s own logo, and the logo on this ball is making the ball slippery. Let say, if you’re gonna shooting the ball and your finger exactly on the logo, you’ll find it a little slick that will makes your accuracy drop a little. Other than that, it’s great!

Now, we’re talking about the material used for this ball.. Honestly, I think rubber material is the best for outdoor basketball usage, and this one is using composite leather which won’t last long. The cover will peeled off fast than you can imagine and it’s make sense since the material is for indoor usage.. Not that I said this ball is bad, they already aware of it and make the ball can be used great even on outdoor. But still, don’t get your hope to much about ball looks after long run.

Spalding NBA Zi/0 greatly meets the NBA’s stringent ball specifications for feels and bounce!


  • Durable, good for indoor and outdoor
  • Up to NBA’s specifications for basketball
  • Get the feeling of NBA’s ball


  • The logo makes it a little slippery
  • Material used is not completely support for outdoor usage


Spalding NBA Neverflat Indoor/Outdoor Basketball – The Best Outdoor Basketball ( Highly Recommended )

Spalding Neverflat Indoor/Outdoor Basketball
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Spalding NBA Neverflat has so many great feature and highly support for outdoor.

One of the greatest feature is the Advance Membrane and NitroFlate air technology that prevents and eliminates air’s ability to escape from the ball. When you hear Never Flat, please don’t think that this ball is really can’t be flat forever. It makes the ball hold air 10 times longer than usual basketballs.

Sound’s too good to be true? Afraid not, this ball really gives what it’s advertised as I already used it too before. The problem is, the technology is quite advance and not all the ball have the same quality. So, if you get a bad ball, don’t be afraid to ask for ball replacement.

The material is using rubber and high performance composite leather for grip feeling.

Spalding NBA Neverflat Basketball is the only one in the marketplace that guaranteed to stay inflated 10x longer than traditional balls!

As you know too, rubber is the best for outdoor usage. It makes the ball durable, and since it can perform good outdoor, it also perform good for indoor.


  • Neverflat : hold air 10 times longer than traditional balls
  • Pretty Durable, good for indoor and outdoor
  • Material used is calculated for ball handling feels and also for outdoor usage durability


  • Sometimes, you’ll get bad quality ball. Don’t forget to claim for ball replacement before 30 days. Make sure to test it so you won’t regret it.


Wilson Killer Crossover Basketball – Cheap and Great Outdoor Basketball

Wilson Killer Crossover Basketball
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What’s good about this ball is it’s really cheap! Sometimes, rubber ball not bouncing properly, but with this wilson killer crossover, it’s bouncing like it is a leather ball.

Being rubber ball, it has good grip, you won’t mind it being watered ( or getting rained ). For children, it also can be water ball play even though I really not recommend it since it’s a rough rubber.. This ball rubber cover can make your hand blister in the first week of being played. After that, it’ll become softer since the cover peeled away a little.

Please remember, this is a cheap ball and don’t expect much like it will perform as legal tournament ball even though you can use it for casual tournament.


  • Cheap
  • Pretty durable for outdoor
  • Bounce is like leather ball, and the grip is good


  • Rough rubber, can make your hand blister ( for the first week played ). Tolerable though since it’s pretty cheap
  • Not holding air good enough.. Maybe needs to be pump about once per 3 days.


Spalding Varsity Outdoor Rubber Basketball – Best and Cheap Outdoor Basketball ( Recommended )

Spalding Varsity Outdoor Rubber Basketball
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This is the best cheap outdoor basketball from spalding. Spalding really designed this ball specially for outdoor playing, not to mention still take official NBA size and weight into account.

Actually, even this ball is cheap, it has better quality than most of expensive balls. I’m not saying for all expensive balls, but most of them. Expensive ball usually has better design, cover material, and more durable.. Since this is an outdoor ball, even good ball is using rubber for durability.

The color choice of the ball is also interesting, it’s eye catching and attractive. That’s why this is the best and cheap basketball.

This ball also has almost all cheap ball problem which is air leak. Almost the same like wilson crossover ball, you’ll need to pump it once in 3 days. But, also do not forget this is because of the quality control. This problem is not always happening. If you get more bad than this, then just ask for replacement.


  • Cheap
  • Specially made for outdoor play with size and weight of NBA Ball
  • Attractive Color


  • Common air leak problem


Spalding NBA Street Phantom Official Outdoor Basketball – Good soft grip, great for ball handling yet pretty durable for outdoor playing

Spalding NBA Street Phantom Outdoor Basketball
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Once again this brand comes up for great outdoor basketball. And what’s so great about this ball?

This ball is using premium rubber cover with durable soft grip technology which is giving you comfortable handling and durable for outdoor playing. This ball is also specialized design for outdoor play, and it will not feeling good for indoor playing.

Durable soft grip technology gives feeling like tire. Just imagine that, and you know you’ll feeling good when handling the ball in outdoor field.

What I like more about this ball is the ball design. It has pretty unique color and so catchy. People won’t mistake your ball as their ball ( If we assume there’s no one using exactly the same ball type and color ).


  • Quite Cheap, price is great for it’s quality
  • Specially made for outdoor play with size and weight of NBA Ball
  • Unique and catchy basketball color


  • Won’t good for indoor playing


Now you know what basketball you should choose is depends on what you needs, where you’ll be using it and how much budget do you have. And, I have a little tips for you when it comes to buying basketball:

  1. Don’t forget to buy basketball air pump with it. Sometimes people already assume that the ball comes inflated. The fact, not all the ball is already inflated, so prepare for it if you don’t have basketball air pump.
  2. If you’re buying basketball as a gift, plan and order it about a month before because you’ll never know what kind of basketball you’ll get, it may come with a flaw and you need ask for replacement.
  3. Remember that you can ask for replacement before 45 days, but it’s safer if you do it before 30 days. So, test your ball everyday about a week so you can know the flaw.


That’s all guys, hope it’ll help you. Have question, or anything, just ask in the comment section. I will help you if possible. Have a nice day!

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4 Tips for Taking Care of Your Basketball Shoes Tue, 21 Mar 2017 11:26:51 +0000

We can’t hide from the fact that our basketball shoes would become dirty at some point.

There’s nothing we can do to prevent dust, mud and anything that makes our basketball shoes dirty.

BUT, we can always do something to make it cleaner, or maybe clean like a new shoes.


There’s 4 tips for you to take care your shoes

  1. DO NOT WASH IT using cleaning machine. This way you’ll making the shoe has shrink possibility and highly chance to damaging shoe material ( which you don’t want to ).
  2. Do not sink it in the water. It’s kind having the same effect from point number one.
  3. Knowing how to make your shoes clean time to time.
  4. Have a couple pair of basketball shoes, for indoor and outdoor use.


That’s it, this is my little tips and hope it’s help you guys! Enjoy!

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No Ball Needed Basketball Dribble Drill! Fri, 10 Mar 2017 14:44:16 +0000

I’m writing this topic because I want you to discover that’s there is nothing can limit you from doing dribble training.. Even if you’re only having 2×2 room space, or even you DON’T HAVE any space at all!

This is good news for you because you know now ( after reading this to be exact ) that you can improve your dribbling skill everyday without any excuse.


First, The reason I’m writing to you specifically is because I think that you want:

  1. Improve dribble skill even with your limited room space or nothing at all
  2. Improve dribble technique when you don’t even have luxury to going out
  3. Want to improve dribble skill when you don’t want your neighbors getting disturbed ( How kind of you )
  4. Being able become a starter on the team even if your near home area didn’t have any basketball courts
  5. Become the best dribbler on the team and can become the main point guard

This is what you get after you finished reading these:

  1. Know why you don’t even need space to practice
  2. Getting max training of your limited space to train
  3. Never worry anymore and freely improve your skill in most your available times
  4. Getting ready to become a starter in the team 😉

What I would clear for you:

  1. Is it possible to do dribble training even in 2×2 room space? YES! You can train even it’s there’s no space at all!
  2. How to improve my dribble technique when there’s no nearby basketball court from my home? Easy ( Not that easy though ). I’ll tell you the way after this.
  3. I’ll never make it to the team because of I can’t even training! Really? The one that limiting you is your self. If you’re thinking that way, nothing can help you. So, change your mind right now and I’ll show you the way. ( There’s no guarantee that you’ll be success because you’re changing your mind. But, I’ll guarantee you’ll be a failure if you keep that mindset. And honestly, if you’re thinking like that, don’t even play basketball because it will be wasting your time. No offense, I’m telling this for your own good )

Note that there’s nothing will be done if you’re not taking action. Do it, and you’ll get the result.

First, let me be honest with you.. I’m not even professional basketball player, but I didn’t have much time and didn’t even have talent. But, right now I can achieve some degree of playing level that makes me play happily.

What I’ll share with you is my own method of training ( since not even one of my talented friends doing these ) and it’s really working well. Are you ready?



First, when it comes to ANYTHING, basic always the most important. You can always find basic training in youtube and it’s not needing a big place at all, 2×2 room is more than enough.

This is one of the example:


Second.. This is really important and sounds not believable, but believe me, I already done it and it works. I feel curious if that’s even the right method to train, so I had search this kind of training on the internet back then and found it’s one of training in the NBA ( I’m sorry I forgot which team and coach that has done that ).

No more secret, it is MIND SIMULATION TRAINING. With this kind of training, you won’t even need a ball!

If you want to quit this page, wait a second. I’ll tell you why it is really work!

Now imagine you are playing basketball and imagine it very realistic. You’ll found out that what you can’t do in real life, you also can’t do it in your mind.

Why is that?

Pretty simple, do you remember all kinds of basketball training you’ve been done? It have a purpose which is building MUSCLE MEMORY. You ever heard of it right?

So, you always welcome to your own mind and train your dribble in mind.. Feel it with your body, and in time you will be able imagine that you can do it! And when it comes to that, your muscle also remember that.


This is not only working for dribble drill, it also works for shooting drill and of course for real match simulation ( it will not be as easy as dribble and shooting drill though ).


That’s it, hope it will help you! Have a nice day!

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The 4 Best Basketball Shorts for Men 2016 – 2017 Tue, 03 Jan 2017 13:16:41 +0000

For us to get the best basketball shorts is to know the some background about it first. But, If you don’t want to know anything about it, you can just click here to see the product we choose as the best shorts for basketball.


Some Background Behind Shorts for Sports

Basketball comes third among the games that need comfort while playing, behind football and volleyball. As a result, those who play the game are forced to make a selection of the right attire for the game a priority. Unfortunately, with several great options in the market today, it might be hard to locate those wearable shorts, that are perfect for your needs, and at the same time, that fits your budgets. What to understand here is that not every single mass-market tracker will give you the idea to the right short. Therefore, turning to a basketball short designed specifically for this big game can be money well spent.

Best Basketball ShortsGeneral perception is, you will need to understand the basics and differences that can lead to the right shorts. Some of these differences are shorts that have pockets, breathable lining and those that have a longer, close to 11-inch inseam. Therefore, it’s good to know that such attributes and manufacturer’s reputation and general design are what give notable difference to these shorts.

Hunting unsurpassed basketball shorts means considering those shorts that look good and fit well, and the ones that have ease of movement. To keep your boat floating when it comes to selecting best basketball shorts, you might need to consider the following preeminent basketball shorts reviews.

The following are some of the options that you can opt for, given that they can lead you to the right basketball shorts for your good.


Men’s Crossover Champion Shorts ( $10 – $25 )

Mens Crossover Champion ShortsSome people have complained about the price of this design. They argue that it’s not understandable on how such perfect attire can be obtained for only about $15. Yes, it might sound as cheap, but the fact is, these shorts are pretty baller. The shorts are designed from 100% Stripe Trilobial Polyester. Another advantage is, they are machine washable.

This means that if you are a professional basketball player, with a busy schedule, the machine can save you some washing time. The shorts are even more functional for off the court sessions as they have side pockets.

Players usually find themselves in a situation where they will need to carry their wallets after a court session. With such a short, you do not need to worry about carrying your extras off the court. This design is sealed with 11-inch inseam, which gives the short a right length. While also preventing you from feeling like you just wrapped your towel around your legs. Their weight is also a plus since they are light to give you an ease of movement.


Jordan Brands ( $18 – $150 )

Always Jordan brands are recommendable as designs that are among the best basketball shorts. This should not sound like an advertisement. It is a true fact based on the latest trending news. Jordan brands have extremely high quality, and they can last for pretty a long time. An offer of about $50 will just be right for such a great design.

Don’t feel being set back when told to provide such an amount for the product. These shorts are always pricey, perhaps because of their durability and quality. The advantage is, these shorts have several layers, which make them not only long lasting but also very durable.


Men’s Layup Nike Shorts ( $19 – $60 )

Though the name sounds like the shorts are specifically for men, even women can slide in, and still command their respect. They too are affordable. Due to their quality, the shorts are priced at about $50. They are similar to Jordan because of the company, Jordan, also owns Nike. They have 11-inch inseam, good quality, machine washable and have pockets too.

If you live alone and you will need to carry your keys to the court, you will at least have somewhere to carry your keys in.


Point 3, DRYV Baller ( $30 – $50 )

The shorts are epically referred to as Holy smokes point three. Even though these brands are not common, as compared to Nike and Jordan’s, the Adidas’s and Under Armour, they have entered the realm of being considered as the best basketball shorts. They have been designed with a patented channel on their sides. It gives you an easier option as a player to wipe your hands dry while on the court. We all know sweaty hands can give you awkward ball handling technique, which can result in your game being dragged down the tubes.

For the sake of maintaining your game, their $50 price should not be a hindrance from acquiring them.

The above options can be used as best as basketball shorts. Stay tuned for more options, meanwhile, review the ones above and secure one for yourself.

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No. 1 Best Basketball Goggles Glasses in 2016 – 2017! Mon, 31 Oct 2016 08:40:00 +0000

There are many problems when playing basketball, and we’ll talking more specifically this time and it’s about eyesight.

Eyesight problem doesn’t only applied to people that need prescription glasses, but also anyone that have sensitive eyes to dust.


Playing Basketball Using Normal Glasses Problem

t36gopsOf course, we can use normal glasses for protection, but you all know the worst thing of using normal glasses when playing basketball, which is:

  1. Dangerous because normal glasses didn’t have straps and get off easily, and get broken more too.
  2. Sweat drops to the eye and we must wipe the sweat. For that, we must take off the glasses first too.
  3. It doesn’t comfortable for sports such as basketball, and it’s natural because it is not made for sports.
  4. This is a reason for some people only, and that’s is not fashionable design for basketball.

I came through to research more about basketball goggles, and found a couple of goggles that’s very fit for basketball.

I’m telling you the truth, I want to give you more review about other goggles for basketball.. But, I found out that for the price and features, this goggles didn’t have any competitor. No one can be compared to it, and if I’m wrong then I’m really sorry if I missed it. You can always drop a comment below if you know there’s better than this.

Anyway for now, I’m pretty sure that’s this is the best for this year..


Ponosoon Sports Goggles Glasses for Basketball 1827 ( $19.99 )

As we know before the problems of normal glasses, this goggle solved it all with a considerably cheap price! We’ll going to see how this goggles solved eyesight problems.


basketball-goggles-side-previewWhat’s the Features of This Basketball Goggles?

  1. The goggles didn’t get foggy! It uses anti-fog technology.
  2. it’s using foam above the eye, so it will not let sweat drops to your eyes.
  3. It’s using polycarbonate and dual lens for protection.
  4. Using soft silicon nose pad that will make you comfortable and not tired when using it.
  5. Adjustable straps to makes more comfortable depend on your needs.
  6. Changeable and adjustable design.
  7. Windproof, dustproof lens.

Isn’t it great? It has all the features we need to play basketball with it. No need to worry anymore and just enjoy playing basketball.


And What if You Need Prescription Lens?

It’s easy.. You can just go to the nearest prescription store and just show them the goggles. They can help change it to prescription lens.


Dimension of Ponosoon Basketball Goggles



For The Lens, it is 58mm x 41mm.

The Bridge is 20mm.

The Width of the Frame is 50mm.

The Inter-Frame size is 138mm.

Lastly, The Thickness of the Protective Layer is 8mm.



Where Can You Get Ponosoon Basketball Goggle Glasses

I always suggest to buy from Amazon. And why is that? That’s because Amazon is the biggest online store ever besides ebay, and have great credibility when it comes to services. I love about it from them and always suggest to buy from there.


Oh right, this glass comes with the glasses of course, glasses bag, glasses cloth, the straps, and pouch. There’s one more that I love from this Ponosson glasses, and that is…


LIFETIME BREAKAGE WARRANTY on Frame and Lens ! That’s great right?!


So, what are you worry about?

You can click this link to go to amazon ponosoon page.


Hope this will help you find basketball goggles that will fit you very well. Have a great day!

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How to Play Lockdown Defense in Basketball Wed, 12 Oct 2016 12:44:39 +0000

In basketball, we know that offense and defense both are important.

It doesn’t matter if we can score 100 points, but then the opponent scores 101 points. That’s why defense is crucial. To become a great defender, we must be mastering team defense and one on one defense.

Now, we’ll try to cover for one on one defense which is “Lockdown Defense”.

In NBA, we know some player that really have a great defense which is: Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, and also Scotty Pippen. Each one of them has their own defensive style, but we can get the same characteristic from them as a great defender.



Whether on offense or defense, balance is important. As a defender, if we lose our balance, it means that the offensive player already beat us. Let’s just assume that the offensive player is Stephen Curry or Kyrie Irving, their confusing movement, hesitation, change pace, change direction will try to drove out our balance.

Now, the question is how to stay balanced?

There are no guarantee that you can always stay balance when you try to stop the offensive player that have great dribble movement, agile and fast.

First, you must know what makes you unbalanced, which is your body movement when reacting to offensive player movement. When defending, keep your upper body didn’t move or lean to the offensive player direction because it makes harder when the offensive player change direction.

Second, always make your body shape smaller and lower than the offensive player. It will make the opponent having a hard time when dribbling because it’s easier to be stolen by the defender. Moreover, it also makes you more balance.


Active Hands

michael-jordan-stealDon’t let your opponent get easy shot and comfortable when driving.

Make some distraction by using our hand, try to steal it. Do not try to steal too hard too, because it makes a hole on your defense.

Our hands have a purpose which is making the opponent hard to make any moves or even shooting, and also reduce their chance at scoring.


Widespread the Feets

kobe-lockdown-defenseMany defensive players not open their feets wide enough. This kind of defense will get easily beat by an agile offensive player.

They just need to change direction fast and already beat the defensive player.
The reason for widespread the feets is, when the opponent change direction, we will still in front of them.

And that’s the kind of defense we want right? Always makes your opponent in front of you.



You know, it’s a must to have a great concentration when playing basketball. It’s crucial when defending, if you do not concentrate enough, then you’ll be surprised by every offensive player dribble moves.

Don’t get me wrong… I didn’t tell you to concentrate and try to read every offensive move because it will make you slower when reacting to dribble move.

Just simply focus and defense using your instinct. It’s okay to try to read offensive player moves. But, leave it to your instinct when it comes to reacting.


Winner’s Mentality

If you already think you can’t defense the opponent, you already lose the battle.

Even you know your opponent much stronger and faster than you in everything. You should be still defense with everything you have and winning in mind.


Well Trained Physique

It’s our responsibility to keep our body trained. After all, even if you have all great techniques in the world and you didn’t have a great physique, then it’s nothing at all.

Every technique uses some stamina involved. And if you’re advanced at reading opponent moves, don’t you still need a high amount of stamina to be able to keep up with the opponent’s speed?

What if the opponent has much greater stamina than you? You can guard him until your last breath, but not until the game is over.

In the end, you still lose because of stamina problem.


Well, it’s just stamina problem.. How about if the opponent much stronger than you? I mean in strength…

You can read all their moves, and then they found out that you are weak physically. The opponent can just ignore all your good defense technique and use the most barbaric method which is the competition of power.

In the contest of strength, it truly takes an enormous stamina. I’m sure you’ll get drained out if playing using strength. That’s why you have a responsibility always to train your body to become the best.


Learn Lockdown Defense from The Best in NBA

This is personal evaluation from me, and maybe it’s different from you guys.. For me, these people are the best in defense:

Michael Jordan

Kobe Bryant

Scotty Pippen

Let’s take a look at these videos. You’ll find out that they are really athletic, and are really active. It’s the proof that they trained their body pretty well. They’re giving pressure like there’s no tomorrow lol.

See their reaction time, and it’s unbelievable that only can be achieved by hard training, defense motivation, winning mindset, and experience.

So, what are you waiting for? Learn from the best and get all the best defender’s traits! Be the greatest defender and having lockdown defense!

Have a great day!

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Know this Will Increase You Shooting Percentage by 30%! Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:11:34 +0000

Many people just playing basketball without knowing some fundamental facts about it, or we can just say that they don’t even care about it.


All we must have is “Love Basketball” right?

Actually, that’s not wrong. The faults came when we only said that without even learning what basketball is.

Right now, we will learn something fundamental about basketball hoops and ball. And trust me, knowing this will increase your percentage by 30% or even more!


I’m not lying, you still need to practice! But.. With these pieces of knowledge, your training will be more efficient than before.


Fact about Shooting a Basketball

Many people have a hard time to shooting a basketball right. They find it really hard to put the ball into the rim.


official-height-basketball-hoop_59a0c16eb028fc5Now, let’s see the fun fact about basketball rim size and basketball ball size.

Basketball rim size
: 18 inches

Basketball ball size ( size 7 ) : 9+ inches


Do you see that? Almost 2 balls can go through the rim at the same time!


So, what’s the problem with your shoot that makes it hard to scoring?

The answer is quite plain and simple… Your basketball shooting arc!


Some of you wonder, how to know our shoot arc.. For this, we will use the rim as the reference.

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90 degree is when it’s exactly from the top of the rim.

0 degree is when it’s exactly from the side of the rim.


You can get about 9 inches different in size between the rim and the ball if your shooting arc is 90 degree which is impossible.

At least, you get the point from that… The higher your arc, the greater your chance of scoring.


Then, why not all the shooter training for high arc?

It’s because shooting depth perception. Not everyone can do high arc instantly. Most of all people, we can easily visualize scoring with lower arc which we can see with our eyes!


Difficulty of High Arc Shooting

The higher the arc, the more you need shooting depth perception, more force, more balance, more exact shooting motion.

If your shooting motion distracted just a little, let say it makes your shooting just 1 degree lower, it will affect a lot for the scoring percentage. And you see here, I just talking about shooting straight. What if you’re shooting direction also change a little?

You know what will happen :).


The Most Optimal Basketball Shooting Arc

The Funny thing is, many people shooting with 35-degree shooting arc, which is making it really really hard to scoring. They can do scoring because it’s become a habit.. But the matter of percentage fact, it’s harder to scoring.

stephen-curry-aimOne person I know that have high shooting arc is Stephen Curry.. Stephen Curry is the most incredible shooter I ever know in NBA ( Please let me know if I’m wrong ). Sometimes he has higher shooting arc than usual ( it’s about 55-degree ), and you can see he’s shooting percentage is so great compared to others! And tell you what… It’s not easy to have that too high shooting arc too. Stephen Curry is just an exception. That was just showing that he has a great talent and great effort to achieve that.

Most of us will get optimal shooting arc at 45-degree.

We can call it optimal because it’s relatively easy to achieve, and no need much force to scoring at 45-degree.


And how to train high arc shooting? Again and again, it’s simple. Practice! Let your muscle memory teach depth perception, and also train your visualization.


While training for high shooting arc, don’t forget 7 important basketball shooting fundamental!

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How to do Fade Away Shot in Basketball – The Right Way! Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:16:17 +0000

To learn to do fade away shot, we must know first the goal, advantage, and disadvantage of this shot.


Make a space between the shooter and defender

Make the shot much harder to block


Harder to rebound our own shoot. Since to do fade away, we must jump backward and hard to catch up with the defender to rebound.

Harder to score. Backward effects make the shoot much harder to aim and need more strength to it.

Steps to Do Fade Away Shot

  1. Start using post body position ( Protect the ball ), your back should be face to face with the ring.
  2. Create space with your defender by using your shoulder.
  3. Rotate your front body toward the ring. Keep your pivot right, and keep your balance while rotate. Protect the ball by going to shooting motion ( already raise your hand )
  4. Jump backward and shoot! Don’t forget that your power comes from your leg.


This is good video by Michael Jordan while explaining how to do fade away shot

Just as Michael Jordan said, this shoot is not fundamental..

But still, you must know basketball shooting fundamental first to get high shooting accuracy. This is kind of a prerequisite for doing an excellent fade away shot. And what I mean by “great fade away shot” is having high percentage of scoring using fade away shot.


How to Do Perfect Fade Away Shot

Actually, everything is already explained by Michael Jordan in the video. The secret to perfecting fade away is just doing it over, over and over again until it becomes your habit!

And habit will make your moves closer and closer to perfect.


Tips to Increase Fade Away Shot Scoring Percentage

I have only one tip for this, but this will significantly change your percentage! Aim first even you’re still not in the shooting motion.

stephen-curry-aimBelieve me, this is the simple thing that makes your shooting percentage higher. For proof, see Stephen Curry before he shoot.. He always aim at the rim first even if he still didn’t get to the shooting motion.
And why this simple thing can improve your accuracy?

The answer lies in the secret of “Muscle Memory” . When you have more time aiming at the rim, your muscle remember the range and strength needed to get the ball in. Of course, this is assuming if you already practice much.



That’s the most simple thing you can learn how to do fade away shot! Hope this helps you guys! Have a great day!


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How to Play Defense in Basketball – See The Most Important! Mon, 08 Aug 2016 13:42:33 +0000

Let us think from the offensive side..

What makes us ( offensive side ) get passed the defender?

  1. Lousy defense
  2. The defender falls to our fakes

And there’s getting us to the point: If we can make the defender off balance, we can get passed him.

It’s true in some case, you didn’t even need to get them off balance because of the speed difference. And as the defender, you can take caution if you already know that you lose in speed.


So, how to play defense to make sure the attacker didn’t pass us?


Do not Get off Balance!

The best defense is not to lose your balance, see Michael Jordan for example. He tries his best to always in front of the attacker.

How to keep your balance when defense?

  1. Spread your legs wide. Just like a table, if you put all their legs too close to the center of the table, it will easily fall when we push it.
  2. Lower your stance. Make sure that you’re having lower stance than the attacker, and this also makes the attacker more insecure.
  3. Keep your step fast and small. Make a note that great attacker will change direction fast. If we take the large step, we’re already losing them.


Use Your Hand to Make Pressure!

michael jordan defenseDon’t let the attacker dribble the way they want. Stretch 1 of your arm in the front to limit their movement.

This will limit their crossover, their shooting movement ( at last it will make their shooting accuracy drop ).

Also give them fake steal move that ruins their dribble form, but you must also take caution for attacker response.. If they’re good dribbler, they will try to get passed you when you try to steal them. Because of that, always be aware of their moves.


Read Their Moves & Set Direction for Them

Limit their direction to the ring by letting your defense bad on purpose to 1 course, so we already know where they will move. It’s also useful for trapping them.


Do not Shocked by Attackers Move. Think Out of The Box

michale jordan defenseLet say the attacker suddenly dash, and will defeat you..

Never be shocked, keep calm, go to their direction without losing balance. Get ready for player sudden direction change, read their next move.

Usually, you will get all these by experience, but it always good to know first and try to do the right way from the start.


Never think that you already got them by reading 1 or 2 moves ahead. Always keep your composure and try to think all the moves that can beat you in one move.. When you can think like that, it’s up to your response to catch up.

The negative effects of this is… Sometimes you’ll become confuse yourself, and I tell you now.. DON’T BE! After trying to read their moves, give it the rest to your instinct and response. You are already done your job by thinking all possible moves.

Do not slowing down your response by feeling not sure about what will the attackers do.


After reading this, if you’re still not able to defend the attacker.. Then, don’t be disappointed because that’s what we called skill gap.

You can catch up to them by training as hard as you can, learn how to do lockdown defense ( This is used by Michael Jordan ), and no need to feel stupid because getting passed many times. That’s great for your experience.

The more you’re failing on defense, the more you can be great on it too!


I Hope this is helping you achieve a new level of basketball defense. Have a great day!!

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The Best Nike Basketball Backpack 2016 – 2017! Sun, 31 Jul 2016 16:32:43 +0000

There are so many Nike basketball backpacks and then only a few that’s really GREAT such as Nike Team Max Air Large Backpack.. But, the one that I really want to discuss is much better than that!

Here we go! The best Nike basketball backpack is…


Nike Hoops Elite Max Air Team Backpack ( $63.00 – $142.49 )

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Question for you… What do you packed when you want to play basketball?

If you answer:

  1. Pair of shoes, pair of socks
  2. Basketball ball
  3. Water bottle
  4. Extra cloth for changing

Then, you don’t have to worry about any of it because I guarantee you it will fit. You can even add laptop in there!

So, if you’re a student, do not worry at all because it can contain your books too.


There’s some great feature on this bag that makes me excited:

  1. Water resistance!
  2. Lightweight and durable
  3. It has a nice design inside so it will make item distribution efficient
  4. Water bottle holder can keep it cool or hot ( depending on your water temp )! Nice feature right?
  5. Basketball backpacks with ball compartment ( You can put your basketball ball from below of the bag


Even this is a basketball backpack. It’s also suitable for university student that must carry many items and heavy one like a laptop.


This bag also has great color to choose, let’s just take a look a couple of this basketball backpack. To see more of it, you can just click on the image.

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Where to Buy Nike Hoops Elite Max Air Team Backpack?

I always suggest the most trusted site for buying things, and I really like Amazon because they have around for too long and can be said as the biggest e-commerce online. Their service is just fantastic so that you can buy with ease from this site.

Click here to see this backpack on amazon


Nike Hoops Elite Max Air Team Backpack Water Resistance Feature Explanation

Why is this backpack water resistance? That’s because this bag made of tarpaulin. And, what is tarpaulin?

A tarpaulin, or tarp, is a large sheet of strong, flexible, water-resistant or waterproof material, often cloth such as canvas or polyester coated with urethane, or made of plastics such as polyethylene. In some places such as Australia, and in military slang, a tarp may be known as a hootch.

Tarpaulins often have reinforced grommets at the corners and along the sides to form attachment points for rope, allowing them to be tied down or suspended.

Inexpensive modern tarpaulins are made from woven polyethylene; this material is so associated with tarpaulins that it has become colloquially known in some quarters as polytarp.

Reference : Wikipedia


Hope it helps you, because I’m sure this is one of the greatest basketball bags with reasonable price. Have a great day! Thanks for reading.

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