Improve Your Dribbling in the Paint With These Ball Handling Drills

Three drills that push the basketball athlete beyond his comfort zone, taking his ball handling skills to the next level.

Every basketball player at every skill level is looking for an edge. When you merge sports performance training with basketball-specific drills, you distinguish yourself from other players.

Elite players know that progression involves long hours, intense workout regimens and every unorthodox method out there.

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In the past, basketball dribbling drills were practiced separately from sports performance training. However, we have found ways to increase ball handling skill through those drills while also increasing explosive movements needed to accelerate past a defender. This skill is especially valuable when you're in the paint or one-on-one against a defender.

These drills push the basketball athlete beyond the comfort zone, taking their ball handling skills to the next level.

Defensive Slide Sled Pulls

  • Attach the sled rope around your waist.
  • Focus your vision forward while maintaining a continuous power dribble.
  • Take short side steps from baseline to baseline.
  • Power through the side steps, simulating a basketball-specific movement.
  • Perform the drill on both sides.
  • Key focus: keep your head up, take quick side steps and take your mind off the ball.

Sets: x2 at the end of your training session, or a number specific to your training needs.

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Single-Arm Sled Pull with Dribble

  • Stand laterally to the sled, grab the attachment and remove any slack in the rope.
  • Have a basketball in your opposite hand.
  • Focus your vision forward and perform a power dribble. while maintaining a continuous offensive power position.

Sets: x2 at the end of your training session, or a number specific to your training needs.

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Power Dribble Between the Legs with Sled Pull

  • Attach the sled rope to your waist.
  • Focus your eyes forward.
  • Power dribble between your legs and power forward to get to the opposite baseline as fast as possible. This drill will make your full-court transitions quicker.

Sets: x2 at the end of your training session, or a number specific to your training needs.


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