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How to Jump Higher to Dunk

The slam dunk. It’s a fan favorite at basketball games. It is a grand display of athleticism that is usually demoralizing to opponents.

Below is quick top ten list of the best dunkers in basketball history according to the-top-tens public voting. These guys are the best of the best.

  1. Vince Carter
  2. Michael Jordan
  3. Julius Erving
  4. Lebron James
  5. Dominique Wilkins
  6. Kobe Bryant
  7. Tracy McGrady
  8. Spud Webb
  9. Shawn Kemp
  10. Jason Richardson

There are numerous ways to dunk the ball with today’s players getting more creative every year. Following are the steps you should take when executing the perfect slam dunk.

  • Dribble towards the basket at the proper speed while avoiding defenders
  • When you are about ten feet away, pick up the ball
  • Palm the ball with your dominant hand (or hold the ball with both hands if you cannot palm the ball)
  • Take two steps – on your second step you will explosively jump high up towards the rim to dunk
  • Throw in some mid-air acrobatics
  • Slam the ball home, but don’t hang on the rim

The sounds easy enough, right? The hardest part about the whole thing is the “jump high” part. Not everyone is born with awesome jumping skills.

Let’s have some inspiration. For those of you not old enough to remember the 1986 slam dunk contest, please see the embedded video. If the competition’s winner, Spud Webb, who is only 5’7″ tall, could learn how to jump higher to dunk, anyone can.

Spud Webb at 5’7″ is arguably a more impressive dunker than Michael Jordan at 6’6″, mostly due to his super human vertical jump. So how does one go about learning how to jump higher to dunk? May I suggest thoroughly reading the pages on this website as a great start.

Learning to jump higher to dunk starts with having a solid plan for attaining your goals. It should be realistic and include diet, exercise, and recovery time. There is one such program I have come across that has worked well for me and I’m sure you would be impressed as well.

The Jump Manual is a complete program whose only goal is to teach you how to jump higher to dunk. It was formulated by a guy who has trained NBA and Olympic athletes, as well as professional dunkers.