Yeah, yeah we all know giants have the distinct advantage of being fed the ball and they just stuff it like it was nothing.
But today we are not here to talk about players like 6’6” Michael Jordan or 6’8” LeBron James. You probably know some smaller players who can start doing massive dunks, despite being in some cases over a foot shorter or more than the tallest NBAer’s. Shorter players like Spud Webb who could drive to the net and forcefully throw down a dunk like the 7 footers, despite the extreme height disadvantage. But yeah, not everyone is an athletic mutant like Spud Webb. Again, we’re not here to talk about mutants.
A 5’7” 18-year-old kid who trained himself to dunk
And yes, he’s WHITE. If you think that you have already done whatever you could but still can’t dunk and feel like quitting, don’t. It’s the unsexy stuff you do in practicing dunks or anything in life that will get you to your goal. There is an actual lesson by a kid who did this, and he’s only 5’7”. He accomplished his goal of slamming the ball like a pro dunker.
This kid shows you, even though you can’t grab the rim when you start, if you take it one step at a time, you can literally get your results in a matter of weeks or months, not years.
What can be conducive to a 40” vertical jump?
A huge jump is what shorter guys need to be able to finally dunk. So now, what shorter guys have to do besides get a right jump training program and then train their asses off, is change their mindset. There’s a tip right there guys. If you think your height is a disadvantage, you’re already beaten. But don’t worry, we’re here to alleviate those doubts, period!
If you think you can’t do it, chances are you won’t. But if you change your mindset and make your decision right now and not tomorrow and certainly not next week, many things can change. You need to take action and take responsibility for your training, even though you’re a 5’5” guy. I’m here to tell you that you can.
So I’m going to give you a some tips you can use to start you on your way to becoming a dunking machine. And yes any Tom, Dick, Harry or that woman named Verna down the street can dunk like a pro.
A few tips to get you started
First of all, If you’re serious about your sports, consider getting a jump training program. You don’t want to waste your time and money on nonsense stuff like fancy dunk shoes. Starting with a right program is what can save you a lot of time and money.
Start by just running and jumping up to see if you can touch the rim of the basket. It’s easiest way to evaluate your jump, but the better way is to measure your vertical jump very accurately by a simple Sargent test or vertical jump test. Perform the test every week and to keep a record of your progress. (Read more about Sargent test here.)
Don’t use a ball at first. The main factor to do dunks is the height of your vertical jump. It may seem a little bit unsexy to leave the ball aside but keep your focus on jump training. After you see some improvements you start with using a smaller ball.
There’s no need to do half-hour to one-hour training every day just for your jump. Most people give up if they do. With a right training program, you can see much better result while spending less time on trial and error.
Sometimes you measure your vertical and feel like you don’t have any improvement or even worse, you feel you get lower! That’s normal. Many experience those moments of frustration. So just keep doing it and you will see the results.
It’s can always be helpful to have someone helping you, but if you don’t have, it’s not an excuse.
Even though making a resolution and getting a training program is necessary, it’s not enough. You need to put some sweat equity before you can start on dunking like the one’s in your dream’s late at night. Start thinking more positively with small steps of success, and you’ll be the dunking behemoth even at 5’6”.