7 Drills You Should Know Before Learning Basketball

These are the 7 most effective drills you should know before learning basketball. You will find that these drills improve your ball handling, dribbling and shooting skills. You will also learn a thing or two about offensive and defensive principles during the drills.

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7 Effective Drills for Basketball Beginners

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Lane Slides

This is among the easiest drills but also among the hardest to perfect. Even among experienced NBA players, it’s near-impossible to make the perfect defensive slide! But learning lane slides is a must because it:

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    Forces your body to stay low and wide;
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    Keeps your feet apart;
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    Makes your feet pivot properly
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    Keeps your feet quick (i.e., effective footwork)

These three things are a must in effective defensive maneuvers. When you practice going from side-to- side, front-to-back, and back-to-front, you can be a better defender.

Lane Slides

Lane slides are designed to train the feet in speed, both in terms of moving and changing pace. The aim: To see the number of lines you can touch in 30 seconds.

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Muscle Memory Shooting

This drill develop better hand-eye coordination and muscle memory. The latter means using physical and mental practice in creating an automatic shooting motion. The real and virtual shots build muscle memory.

In turn, your shooting motions become like natural reflexes. Your muscles just do the work from memory and your shooting percentages increase.This is the Paul Westhead muscle memory shooting drill:

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    ​Make 5 shots (physical practice)
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    Visualize 5 effective shots (mental practice)
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    Make 5 more shots (physical practice)
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    Visualize 5 effective shots (mental practice)
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    Make 5 more shots (physical practice)
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    Close your eyes and make 5 more shots (physical and mental exercise)
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    Open your eyes and make 5 more shots (physical exercise)
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    At first, stay as close to the basket as possible and adopt a slow pace.

    You have to focus first on the proper shooting techniques. You can go faster and move further over the court as your shooting skills become better. Over time, your brain and muscles will have a memory of the shots.

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    Two Ball Passing

    This is a great drill because it tests your concentration. It also improves your passing and receiving skills. The foundation here is the basic chest and bounce pass.

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      Two players (Player A and B) face each other about five feet apart.
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      Player A makes bounce passes to Player B.
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      Player B simultaneously catches, makes chest passes, and repeats the motions.
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    Each player must apply their full focus on the passes lest the ball bounces off them. Your coach can also mix and match the speed and types of passes for variety.

    For example, Player A gives a low-post to the left side while Player B gives a low-post on the right side. You will learn the proper ways of passing the ball from different directions and angles.

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    Full Speed Dribbling

    This drill is must for aspiring basketball guards who want to improve on their full-speed dribble-to-pull moves. The only things needed in the drill are a trash can as the opposing team’s defender and the basketball. A few tips for this drill:

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      Run at full speed while dribbling the ball. You will be forced to match the pace of your running and dribbling.
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      Switch up the combos. You can make in-and-out, crossovers, and spins to challenge your mind and body. You will also be able to use the move during real games, too.
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    Two-Ball Dribbling

    Aspiring players who want to improve their ambidextrous ball handling skills should perform it. You should learn it since ambidexterity is a valuable skill on the court.

    Two-ball dribbling forces your mind to concentrate and your body to be aware of its space.You will find many two-ball dribbling drills. The typical drills start usually have the following structure:

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      Stationary simultaneous dribbling
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      Variations of stationary dribbling
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    Over time, you can dribble at varying speeds with one or two balls. Your control over the ball will also improve with it.

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    Wall Passes

    This drill emphasized the art of passing, a crucial skill among players. Keep in mind that the manner of ball delivery can mean the difference between winning and losing.

    You can easily give your team an easy shot or give the opposing team ball possession. Crisp passing can be developed with this wall pass drill:

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      Place an “X” made of tape on a flat wall; it’s your target for the drill. The “X should be about your mid-chest height.
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      Take your position about 5 feet away from the wall.
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      Adopt the proper pass position.
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      Make a firm chest pass to the target. Fire hard enough so the ball bounces back to you in the air and you can catch it.
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      Take small steps closer to the wall after each pass.
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    You should perform three full sets each for the chest and bounce passes.

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    Around The World

    This drill improves steals and thefts of the ball. Just look at Michael Jordan who is among the NBA’s best players in terms of steals and thefts!

    You can corral a loose ball, make plays, and maintain possession even under pressure.The around the world drill should be performed in three stages from low to high.

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      Place your feet slightly narrower than shoulder-width apart.
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      Bend your knees slightly.
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      Rotate the ball in a circle around your knees. Do this slowly at first and then build up speed.
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      Perform 10 full rotations clockwise before changing directions.
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      Rotate the ball in a circle around your waist. Do 10 rotations clockwise and 10 rotations counterclockwise.
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      Rotate the ball in a circle around your head. Do 10 rotations clockwise and 10 rotations counterclockwise.
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      Repeat the procedure for another four times.

    Final Verdict

    Every aspiring basketball player should learn his drills before playing the game itself. You have to learn these drills in dribbling and passing first. You can develop your shooting skills when your dribbling and shooting skills are up to par.

    These drills are best learned with a coach watching your moves. You will have objective feedback about your mistakes and get valuable tips. You can practice on your own as your skills become more advanced.

    Walter Kalb
     

    Walter Kalb is the Editor of TheSportsUp.com. He is a sports enthusiast and love to share what he know about sports. In personal life he is a father of two cute kids and loving husband of a beautiful wife. He love foods and nothing is more important than reading book in his spare time.

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