All great shooters practice with plenty of repetition. You can practice your shot laying bed or on the floor.
- Lie flat on your back
- Slightly bend your legs
- Set your hands in a shooting position and shoot the ball directly upward to the ceiling
- Follow through, catch the ball, and repeat
You don’t have the dribble the ball to improve your ball handling skills. Strengthen your hand-eye coordination.
- Stand with your feet about shoulder-width
- Swing the ball around your torso from front to back
- Work in 60 second intervals and switch direction
- Work circling the ball around other areas of the body: head, knees, and ankles
Building up strength in your fingers will help with your ball handling, passing, and catching.
- You can do this while standing, sitting, or lying down.
- Hold ball in front of you with your finger tips, tap ball back and forth between your hands as quickly as possible
- More advanced players can move arms around in different locations while moving ball back and forth.
- Set goals of how long you can tap ball back and forth without making a turnover
Ball slaps are another drill that you can perform to increase finger strength.
- Hold basketball in one hand then pound it in your opposite hand.
- The receiving hand should squeeze the ball upon impact
- Repeat process for 60 second intervals
HoopGrind Director of Player Development | Pro Skills Trainer | Athletic Director | Former D1 Hooper