Improve Your Stick Skills With Lacrosse Superstar Joe Walters

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Joe Walters, 27, didn't become the first pick in the 2006 Major League Lacrosse Draft by accident. He achieved the distinction by devoting as much time as possible to a little drill called Wall Ball.

"Wall Ball is something [you] can do every day," says Walters. "When I was growing up, every day I would go to my school, bring my stick and spend 10 or 15 minutes [performing the drill]."

According to Walters, the ultimate goal of the drill is to improve your skill level. "Stick work in lacrosse is the most important part of the game," explains the 2008 Steinfeld Cup MVP. Mastering control of the ball and stick with both hands is absolutely essential to making it to the next level. If you're a one-sided player, you're a sitting duck to defensemen. The ability to cradle, switch hands and deliver fast, accurate passes with either hand will make you an unstoppable offensive threat—and force defensive opponents to show you some respect.

Watch the video below for Joe Walters' Wall Ball drill, and incorporate it into your lacrosse skills training.

One Side

  • Stand 10 yards away from wall
  • Deliver realistic, hard pass to wall
  • Catch and perform one cradle back before delivering another pass

Reps: 50 each side


  • Deliver a realistic, hard pass to wall on one side
  • Catch and switch hands to opposite side
  • Deliver another pass and switch hands again

Reps: 50-100 each side


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