Working on Your Weak Hand
Don’t you just love to practice drills that come easy to you? Think about it. You probably have a dribble move that is really good. So, when you practice, do you practice that move a lot? If you are like most athletes, we tend to practice the our polished skills, not our weak ones because it is easier and we’re successful at it! It’s not fun to practice the drills that don’t make us look good or a hard to do, or do give us success immediately. Our tendency is to give up and just work on the skills that come easy to us.
This is why it’s so difficult to develop the weak hand. We succeed with our strong hand, so why practice with our weak or non-dominant hand? In order to become a complete player who can dribble with both hands and move in any direction, you need to develop your weak hand. I am right hand dominant, but I prefer to dribble with my left hand. The reason is I’ve practiced dribbling with my left hand so much that now I prefer dribbling with my left hand. I’ve said it before – practice is the secret. Here are things you can do to develop that weak or non-dominant hand:
When you are practicing alone, dribble the majority of time with your weak hand. When practicing moves to the basket that you would normally do with your strong hand, use your weak hand instead.
Practice dribbling with both hands equally. If you dribble 100 times with the right hand, then dribble 100 times with your left hand. If you drive to the basket with your right hand 10 times, then drive to the basket 10 times with your left hand on the left side of the basket.
Don’t be afraid to use that weak hand in pick-up games. So what if you make a mistake. This is the place where you should make mistakes and at the same time, begin to gain confidence using that weak hand.