When you were a kid, did you ever have a coach or a relative tell you “if you can’t dribble, you can’t play basketball.” Although that sounds like a harsh thing to say, it is a true statement when you really boil it down.
Kids are taught at a young age to receive the ball and get into a triple threat position, meaning they’re square to either pass, shoot or dribble. If you aren’t a reliable dribbler and ball handler, it is near impossible to find success while out on the court.
Dribbling is essential because basketball, at its pores is a game of constant movement. Dribbling allows players to get out of trouble when defensive pressure is bearing down on them, and just as important, if not more importantly, a skilled dribbler will create scoring opportunities for his or herself, as well as other teammates.
Let’s take a look at what a skilled dribbler can do to an unassuming defender:
Only one word can describe that: incredible. To use basketball slang, he “broke” Chris Paul’s ankles. In fact, Chris Paul might want to consider investing in some of these.
Of course, Steph Curry has athletic abilities that the common person simply does not possess. However, dribbling is a skill that can be taught, and if you put in enough hard work, it is something you can develop and to use as a true asset while you’re on the basketball court.
So how can you go about improving your dribbling? Here are a few tips:
1) Repetition. The more you dribble, the better you’ll become. If you’re walking to the local park to play basketball, or you’re going for a morning jog, bring a ball with you and dribble during your route. Like most things in life, the more you practice it, the better you’ll become.
2) Utilize drills that are designed to improve your dribbling. Undoubtedly, Steph Curry learned a litany of dribbling drills while growing up that helped him develop the hand eye coordination, focus and movements needed to become a skilled dribbler. You can do it too, and if you’re unsure about what types of drills you should be doing to improve your dribbling, be sure to check out our dribbling training videos that will provide you with just the guidance you need.
3) Work on both hands. There are few things easier to defend on a basketball court than a guy or a gal that can only dribble with their dominant hand. Be sure to work on both!
As mentioned, the most surefire way to improve your dribbling is to constantly work at it, and play basketball as much as you can.
And who knows, one day you might “break some ankles” just like Steph Curry!