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Dribbling
Tony Watson series


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Tony Watson
Pro Training Basketball (YouTube)

Halfcourt and fullcourt dribbling drills, with YouTube links. Many are included in the Pro Training workout series (pdf with links).
 
 
Start with stationary one-ball and two-ball ballhandling, see YouTube videos - Daily 5-minute dribbling routine, Daily 4-minute two-ball routine, Steph Curry dribbling routine.
 
Also see Fundamentals - Dribbling series.

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a) Fullcourt ballhandling

For youth players, or a warm-up for advanced players.

Start in the corner, dribble with the inside hand, make a crossover at the elbow, halfcourt sideline, far elbow, finish with a layup. Repeat coming back, continue.

Variations

- between the legs
- behind the back
- floater, pull-up.
 
(Other variations - reverse dribble, spin dribble, add inside-out)

See YouTube video - Fullcourt ballhandling drill.

Also see Dribbling - Fullcourt zig-zag, Speed course.up

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b) Tight handle

Start at halfcourt, ball in outside hand, with 4 staggered cones towards the basket, and 3 more cones at the 3-point line.

Do a move at each cone with one dribble in between, then a game move at the 3-point line that incorporates the same move (it could be a double move) and finish with a layup, floater or pull-up.

Progressions

- crossover
- between the legs
- behind the back
- whatever you want.

See YouTube video - Quicker and tighter handle like the pros.up

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c) Lane drill

Perfect to add a move to your game. 4 cones between the charge circle and the 3-point line. Start on the baseline, make a move at the first three cones (with one dribble in between) then dribble to halfcourt.

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From halfcourt make the same move at the top of the key, finish with a layup, floater or pull-up.

See YouTube video - Add a move to your game.

Also see Dribbling - Calipari warm-up.up

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d) 2-ball lane slides

Start on the baseline (facing the court), pound dribble two balls, sprint up to the elbow, slide to the other elbow, backpedal, slide back to the start.

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Slide left, sprint up to the elbow, slide right, backpedal to the start.

Repeat two more times for 3 reps.

Progression - alternating dribbles (pistons).

See YouTube video - Great 2-ball drill.
 
Also see Dribbling - Ganon Baker four-square, Defending - Lane slides.up

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e) Elite 2-ball drill

Start on the baseline, pound both balls twice, let the right-hand ball bounce up, before it bounces twice, do a combo move with the other ball (double then triple move), repeat and continue to halfcourt (at a walking pace).

Progressions

- double crossover
- between, cross
- between, behind
- cross, cross, between
- between, between, cross
- triple between
- cross, between, behind.

Option - 3 pound dribbles between each combo move.

See YouTube video - Elite 2-ball drill.up

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f) Intense 2-ball drill

Start in the corner, speed dribble with two balls (pound dribble) to halfcourt, do one dribble to crossover (both balls) between 5 cones, dribble to the halfcourt sideline, speed dribble to a chair on the wing, place the inside ball on the chair, do a one-dribble pull-up going baseline.






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Pick up the other ball from the chair, do a one-dribble pull-up towards the middle.

Repeat starting from the other baseline corner.

Progressions

- between the legs and crossover
- behind the back and crossover.

(Variation - start with one-ball dribbling)

See YouTube video - Intense 2-ball drill.

Also see Dribbling - Halfcourt moves, Duke two-ball, Matt Doherty, Shooting - Chair drills, Eastman elbow pickups.up

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g) Diamond drill

4 cones at the top of the key in the shape of a diamond. Start from halfcourt, attack the top cone with a single or double move, make a single move at the next cone, then a move at the last cone (single-double-triple) that incorporates the move you are working on.

Progressions

- crossover
- between the legs
- behind the back
- whatever moves you want, finish with a make.

See YouTube video - Diamond drill.

Also see Dribbling - 4 cones, Altizer moves-counters, Shooting - Altizer 3-step explosion.up

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h) Drag pullbacks

Start in triple threat at the top of the key, attack an elbow, do a crossover pullback (drag pullback), retreat dribble back to the top of the key, do a double crossover, attack the other elbow and do the same pullback.


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Do a double crossover, attack the first elbow, make the pullback move and shoot.

Progressions

- between the legs and back under at the top, between the legs drag pullback
- double behind the back, behind the back drag pullback
- pullback, hesitation, (crossover), get to the basket.

See YouTube video - Improve your ballhandling.

Also see Shooting - 5star in the box, Pro Training solo (create space), Dribbling - Altizer moves-counters, Change of pace.up

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i) Chris Paul fullcourt

Set up 5 tight cones in the middle of the court plus a chair [or cone] at the top of each key. Start from one end, do one dribble, crossover between each cone, then a move at the chair that incorporates a crossover, finish.

Repeat going back from the other end, go up and back at least 3 times for a total of 6 finishes.

Progressions

- between the legs
- behind the back.

See YouTube video - Chris Paul fullcourt dribbling drill.up

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j) Countdown drill

5 cones or chairs, do 5 crossovers at the first chair, 4 at the second chair, then 3-2-1 crossovers, finish with a layup.

Progressions

- use a different move at each chair, e.g., 5 times between the legs, 4 times behind the back
- use 5 different moves at the first chair, 4 different moves at the second chair, etc.
- floaters or pull-ups.

See YouTube video - Countdown drill.up

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k) Commando drill

3 cones on each side, make a full-speed inside-out move at each cone, finish at the rim, repeat on the other side.

Progressions

- stutter-step hesitation
- change hands (switch sides)
- mix up the finishes.

See YouTube video - Commando drill

Also see Dribbling - Gooroo fullcourt, Shooting - 5star fullcourt.up

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