Practice, practice, practice! The best way to perfect anything is to practice and repeat, especially in basketball. Basketball is a game that stems all the way from the fundamentals. Here are 3 drills that focus on the fundamentals of shooting, dribbling, and defense.
#1 Form Shooting
It is very important to shoot the ball with the correct form and motion. Use that same form consistently to help with muscle memory.
- Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and a layups length away from the basket.
- Hold the ball in your dominant hand and place your other arm behind your back.
- The ball should be held in front of you and then raised to your regular shooting position at your shoulder.
- Bend your knees and in one swift motion shoot the ball and snap your wrist at the end.
- Repeat this drill multiple times from different angles at layup distance.
#2 Tennis Ball Dribbling
It’s hard to not look at the ball when dribbling, but it’s important to keep your eyes up and on the court while you’re playing. The best dribblers use the feeling of the ball as a guide.
- You will need a basketball and a tennis ball for this drill.
- Stand with your knees bent and shoulder width apart.
- Standing in one place, dribble the basketball in your dominant hand and toss and catch the tennis ball in your other hand.
- Switch hands when you feel ready.
If you want to challenge yourself further, begin to walk the court while dribbling and tossing.
#3 Defensive Stance Rolls
Being quick on your feet while keeping a strong defensive stance is one of the major aspects of defense. To keep your offensive player away from the basket, use the muscle memory from this drill.
- Place a basketball on the ground.
- Squat into your defensive position with your knees bent, legs wider than shoulder width apart and your back straight.
- Straighten and hold out your non-dominant hand, as if you were trying to hug someone.
- With your dominant hand, begin to roll the ball on the court.
- When you reach the courts out of bounds line, switch directions and hands.
- Stay in the defensive position while completing zigzags across the floor.