Basketball Drills-the little known secret in ball handling
Well my dear esteemed reader, what you need to know is playing pick-up games does not improve your ball handling ability but instead doing ball handling drills like the ones were going to talk about will help and you should trust me on this one because the following tips are some of the best coaching tips for basketball.
For instance, if you want to learn a concept, you don’t do a test, but instead, you’d go to the library and read or read from home if you have the book or borrow one just to improve your ability.
Some of the most effective drills include;
Tip the ball back and forth using your fingers without the ball touching your palm, do it at different height levels starting with your head level then down to your chest then knees and back up as you switch hands at different intervals.
Dribble the ball in circles around one leg then switch to the other leg as you change the hand as well. Do the circles at a dribble height of about 5inches and do it clockwise and then anti-clockwise all in intervals.
Figure 8 dribbles
This is effective and builds confidence since you as a player you learn to use both hands which would be useful even in a game.
A power dribble comes as high as your chest level and doing these in practice helps improve your protection and ball grip. So roughly do 75 power dribbles then switch to the low dribbles of the same number then it won’t be long before you see the positive impact.
Do all the above in practice to improve your ball handling drill, however, to do this you need to keep the following in mind;
- Always keep your head up without looking at the ball reason being that you need to use your eyes to see where you need to put your pass or even to identify your defenders’ weak point which is essential in a game so that you can do it in practice either.
- Knees bent and back in straight position. This is the primary posture of a basketball player be it when playing defense or dribbling or even passing. Being low means your ball is safe to be as low as possible to protect your ball.
- Make use of the free hand. You can use it as a shield to fend off the opponent trying to enter your cylinder to steal your ball.
- Use your fingertips. Good ball handlers use the tips of their fingers, not their palms to have quick dribbles.
- Work with speed. Dribble very fast in practice that you may even lose control of the ball so that you can cope with game speed.
Therefore having mentioned all that, you can side with me that ball handling is not about moving the ball up court and crossing over your defender because all players be it the guards or forwards or Centers’ they all need all handling to help them know how to make baskets off the dribble making, making an assist or shot off the dribble.