Improve Your Dribbling With “Sticky” Hands

Have you ever gone to practice and your ball-handling doesn’t feel as good as it usually does? You know the feeling… when something just doesn’t feel right? Maybe it’s early in the morning, or perhaps you’re fatigued, tired, and sore. Or maybe it’s just that you didn’t have the time to get in some stretching or perform your normal warm-up routine before a game. Or, maybe you’re just not mentally prepared to play?

Whatever the reason may be, I’ve got a little trick for you.

This is one of those tricks that usually only point guards know about — and only a handful of them have heard about it. But it’s one of those things that once you do it, you’ll love it. And you’ll probably  add it to your pre-game ritual. You know why? Because it works! Not just some of the time… but every single time! And it’s free! Won’t even cost you a dime.

So, here’s the trick…..

Before you walk onto the court and before you even pick up a ball, stop by the bathroom and go directly to the sink. Turn on the faucet and let it get as hot as you can possibly take it.  Once it’s at a hot temperature, stick your hands and wrists under the running flow of water for 12 seconds. Then, immediately turn on the cold water and let it run over your hands and wrists for 8 seconds.

Repeat this two more times (a total of three cycles).

Now, strut back into the gym, grab your ball, and start dribbling. You’ll be amazed about how good it feels in your hands. It’s like the ball just sticks to ‘em.

What about Slippery Floors?

I’ve seen a lot of players use the Slipp-Nott (http://www.kbacoach.com/slippnott.html) sticky mat to get better traction on slippery gym floors. Slipp-Nott is the best traction system I’ve seen because it does a great job on removing dust and dirt from the soles of your basketball shoes with one quick step. You don’t have to wipe the sole of your shoes with a wet hand anymore. Just walk on a Slipp-Nott at every time out or before you enter the game.

 

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This entry was posted on January 28th, 2013 at 8:21 pm

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