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Take Your Ball Handling Skills To The Next Level
by Danny McLarty, CSCS www.DannyMcLarty.com
You've been doing your "traditional" ball handling drills… crossover dribble, figure-8 pass, figure-8 dribble, reverse spin, single-leg dribble, etc. etc. You have a million options. And most of them are great drills. Continue to use your more traditional moves/drills to keep working on your handles. But once you feel completely comfortable with them, it's time to step it up and take your handles to the next level. This is where I start to add in "combination moves," and some more advanced "speed dribbling" drills.
The first drill is a combination move - "between the legs/drop-off behind the back" (as opposed to the "wrap-around" back the back dribble)…
This move (when there is a real live defender in front of you) works best when starting the ball in your left hand, and going between your legs to your right, and then bringing it from right to left (the drop-off behind the back part) into your "shooting pocket." And vice-versa if you shoot with your left hand. Some keys to making this a successful move in attempt to create space between you and the defender in order to get your shot off;
And what it looks like when watching from the front…
Next, a new speed dribbling drill for you, called "1-2s" …
As you heard in the explanation, start off at your own speed and work your up to, as fast as possible - while keeping complete control of the ball.
And finally, here is another "stationary drill," called "The Pretzel."
As I noted in the opening, keep working on the fundamentals. Once you build your "ball handling foundation," start to incorporate these three, very effective drills. Happy handling!
Danny McLarty, CSCS is a fitness coach at Flex Personal Training in Danville, California.
Danny earned a place in the Illinois Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007 for his high school and college career.
He accomplished this while standing at a height of 5'7".
He is also a basketball skills coach, helping players improve their ability to get open, with and without the ball.
You can read more about Danny at his website, www.DannyMcLarty.com .
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