How To Run Left Hand Basketball Drills

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Step 1

Dribbling with your left hand can be difficult if you are always used to handling the ball with your right hand. There are several drills you can do that will quickly and easily improve your left hand's coordination and ability.

Step 2

Take a basketball and find a piece of hard ground (it doesn't even have to be a basketball court!). Get a stopwatch and do left-handed drills for 30 seconds at a time.

Step 3

First, see how many waist-high left handed dribbles you can do in 30 seconds, then see how many knee-high dribbles you can do in the same amount of time. Lastly see how many shoulder-high dribbles you can do in 30 seconds. Record your results and try to improve on them the next time you do the drill. You can perform the same sequence with an in-and-out dribble or a half-crossover dribble.

Step 4

Second, set up a line of cones and weave in and out of the cones using only your left hand. Be sure to keep you right hand stuck behind your back so that you forces yourself to use your left hand.

Step 5

Third, grab a few partners and play a game of dribble tag within a confined space using only your left hand to dribble. Competing against live competition will force you to use your left-hand in a game like scenario and will push you out of your comfort zone.

Step 6

Lastly, Ganon Baker has produced a quality DVD that gives serious players many different dribbling drills to practice their ball-handling. Many of the drills can be adapted to have the athlete only use their left hand.

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Dribbling with your left hand (especially if you are right handed) can be difficult without practice and specific drills to improve your "off hand".

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