There is nothing better than watching a guard juke-dribbling his way to an open shot, all the while breaking the opponent’s defense. The view is mesmerizing, the onlookers are in awe, and the coach is proud beyond words.
However, the player is the one putting on a show, and to say that he stressed would be an understatement. With all eyes on the player, it is not an easy show to put on. Not only is there a lot of pressure on the team, but he has to make sure that his dribbling is on point so that he makes the perfect shot.
Dribbling is one of the most essential skills that build the foundation of a winning team and is non-negotiable for all players. In this article, we are going to discuss a few tips that can help players make their way forward.
While playing, it is very important to remain calm, collected, and in control at all times. Similarly, with basketball, you need to be in control at all times and keep your eyes on the ball to know where it is going for an effective dribble.
We would recommend you to start with penetration and power dribbling, as it requires much less finesse and then moves onto open court dribbling if you wish!
Use your fingertips
Practice control using your finger pads, more than the palm or the tips, and enlist your imagination to picture how each dribble should look like. Using fingertips is one of the key points if you want to get better or even if you are starting just now.
It will help you practice control and will also put you in a similar position as you would be when you are shooting it, which in turn, will give you better control over the ball. To summarize, you want to gently push the ball with the pads rather than smashing it in on the floor with palms or jamming your fingertips in it.
Lastly, with every dribble, you should essentially try to snap your wrist, this will ensure that the ball is hit right on spot and comes back to you easily.
Get low and stay there
Might sound like the most obvious tip in the world, but in actuality, it is not that easy. As an offensive player, you should ideally beat your opponent, with your shoulder at his hips, this means that you need to bend low to get a better dribble.
You need to enlist strength training in your routine to achieve flexibility, stability, and mobility to stay low. The longer you stay in that position with the ball, the harder it would be to steal the ball from you.
Dribble with one hand
If you are a newbie it is most definitely a good idea to use both hands for maximum support while dribbling. However, if you are a well-practiced person, it is in your best interest to use one hand. Keep the ball lower than you hip at all times and use either left or right hand.
This ensures that you are exerting maximum speed and working at your full proficiency.
Work on your footwork
Dribbling is all about mastering footwork, switching between speeds, and changing directions. Use moves, such as scissors moves, crab dribbles, and keep the defender on the heels. Be on the move and keep on changing your speed to keep everyone guessing what your next move is.
Now that the lockdown is not as strict as it initially was, you have the perfect opportunity to get out there and improve your skills. Take this time to get better, so that you are in the perfect position to play for next season.
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