Working on Your Weak Hand
Don’t we just love to practice drills that we are great at? I mean, think about it. You probably have a dribble move that you’re pretty good at. When you practice, do you practice that move a lot? If you are like most athletes, we like to practice the things we’re good at. It’s easier, but most importantly, we’re successful at it! It’s not fun to practice the drills that we’re not very good at because we’re not as successful at it, therefore we go back to our old standard move that we succeed at.
This is why it’s so difficult to develop the weak hand. We succeed with our strong hand, so why practice with our weak hand? In order to become a complete player that can dribble with both hands in both directions, you need to develop your weak hand. I am right handed. But I prefer to dribble with my left hand. 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 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 can make mistakes. This is the place where you gain confidence using that weak hand.