Basketball is an incredible game that teaches you lessons on and off the court. You are taught the game with a ball in your hand, sneakers squeaking on the gym floor, and deciphering a dry erase board.
However, not everything has to happen on the court.
Often players favor their dominant hand because it is stronger and more comfortable for them. Nevertheless, it is hugely valuable to be able to dribble, shoot, and pass with both hands no matter which position you play. If you’re looking to play in college, it is expected of you to be able to use both hands and can be the deciding factor for whether you are offered a spot on the team.
The players that are comfortable using both hands are the athletes that stand out. They can crossover and overtake their defender quickly with eyes on the court, they can swiftly curve any bounce pass through the defender’s arms, and they can make that breakaway layup no matter which way they’re being pushed. It truly is a game-changing advantage.
So, if you want to stand out as an athlete, keep reading!
During practice, it is emphasized to use both hands. In fact, there are drills specifically made to strengthen the weak hand. However, on top of that, there are steps you can take outside of practice that will help you become stronger and more comfortable with that non-dominant hand.
Essentially, you use your non-dominant hand to do everything that you would normally do with your dominant hand.
7 Easy Ways to Strengthen Your Non-Dominant Hand Everyday
The following are examples of daily activities to do with your non-dominant hand that can help turn you into that crossover star player:
– Eat and cut your food
– Open doors, drawers, and packages
– Comb your hair
– Brush your teeth
– Get dressed
– Use your phone
– Grab items only with this hand
Making this change will help you feel more comfortable using the non-dominant hand, which allows for a smooth transition onto the court.
We even have proof.
Since starting basketball in 4th grade, Shelby had always been a dominant right-hand player. She was never comfortable with her left hand. However, in 8th grade her coach made the entire team start doing daily tasks with their weak hands. This small task changed Shelby’s entire basketball career.
Here’s what Shelby had to say:
“At first, I thought the awkwardness would never go away because it was such a different feeling. But after the first couple of weeks, it became a routine. I started feeling confident with my left hand and my entire game changed.
Looking back and comparing my first and last practices, it was a world of difference. Going into high school being able to play strongly with both hands put me on the varsity team.”
It’s the little adjustments you put towards fixing your game that make the biggest difference. Now, go out there and make it happen!