There are many fundamental basketball skills players should master, such as dribbling, passing and scoring.
But it takes more than just practicing these skills with your dominant hand to be successful on the hardwood. No matter if you’re right- or left-handed, being able to perform these skills with either hand can help take your game to the next level.
“Having the ability to dribble, pass and finish with [your] weak/non-dominant hand is very important to become an effective player,” says college basketball coach Jared Ronai.
There are a variety of drills you can do to help develop your weak-hand skills.
This drill can help develop your dribbling with your weak hand.
- Start in an athletic position with your hips low, back straight and eyes up. Have your knees bent so you can get low to the ground.
- With a ball in each hand, start dribbling simultaneously with both balls.
- Focus on keeping your elbow behind the ball and pounding the ball into the ground as hard as possible.
- Dribble both balls at the same speed while keeping your head and eyes up. Look forward and not at the balls.
TWO-BALL POUND PROGRESSION
To continue your weak-hand dribbling progress, add this drill to your workout. This alternate two-ball dribble can help with ball control and coordination. Instead of dribbling both balls at the same time, you’ll alternate dribbles.
- Start in your athletic position with a ball in each hand.
- Dribble with the right hand, then the left hand, back and forth, as fast as you can.
- As the ball in your right hand hits the ground, you should be pounding the ball in your left hand toward the ground.
This drill will continue your dribbling progression as you cross the balls over from hand to hand.
- Start in an athletic position with a ball in each hand.
- Pound the balls simultaneously in front of you twice, before executing a crossover dribble on the third bounce.
- When making the crossover, keep one ball further away from your body to avoid bouncing them into one another as you switch.
- After your crossover dribble, make two simultaneous dribbles in front of you before performing another crossover dribble.
- Repeat this 5-10 times before taking a break.
TWO-BALL WEAK-HAND PASS
Working on this drill with a teammate can help you develop your weak-hand passing skills. This drill can help you practice dribbling, passing and catching with your weak hand.
- Start with two balls, while your teammate starts with one.
- Dribble both balls three times simultaneously, then perform a push pass to your teammate using your weak hand.
- Your teammate will dribble both balls three times before passing the ball back to you.
“Making plays with both hands helps a player take their game to another level,” Ronai says. “Work on these two-ball ball-handling drills to develop your weak hand.”
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