Next Level Practice

So, the weather may not be great for outdoor practice but that’s no excuse to stop training at home. All you need is a ball and some determination to improve your handling skills on your own. Try out these and see if they don’t help!

Tip Drill

Tip the ball back and forth from hand to hand using just your fingertips. Start over your head and gradually work down to your ankles and then back up and down. Repeat for about one minute. Keep your elbows straight and close to your body to work on your hands. This drill helps you improve your feel for the ball and gain finger strength. It even prepares you for tipping in missed shots.

Shoot From the Floor

Lie on your back and bring the ball up and take a shot with normal form. Catch the ball and repeat. Do this drill for about five minutes. This drill helps ensure you are getting proper backspin on your shot. It also enables you to strengthen your shooting muscles and enhance your range. Make sure your middle finger or index finger is the last thing to touch the ball on your shot. This is what creates backspin, and it’s easy to spot in this drill.

Around the World

Stand with your feet together and take the ball around your body right hand to left starting with your head. Then move to your waist, going around, then your legs and then your ankles. Work back up to your head and take the ball around going left to right. Repeat a couple of times each direction. This drill simulates the behind-the-back dribble and teaches you a feel for the ball. Remember to keep your head up and not look at the ball during this drill.

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