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OKCThunderUP 02-20-2012 08:57 PM

Improving offhand ball skills
How do you do it? I'm heavily right hand biased. I can dribble decently with my left hand and crossover and such but I look like a fumbling idiot if I try to lay it up in any fashion with my left hand.

Obviously I need to work on doing the actual moves with my left hand but are there any drills you do/did as well to work on that?

Rake2204 02-20-2012 09:31 PM

Re: Improving offhand ball skills
Virtually anything involving repetition of basketball motions with your left hand is ultimately going to be beneficial to your development. If you're looking for more direction though, I think we could provide that as well.

For starters, and I mean this sincerely, you must forget about how stupid you think you look when you fumble the ball about when you try to finish with your left hand. That is a necessary evil. Many folks do not develop their left hand just because they don't like how stupid they feel when they ultimately make many mistakes while practicing. And to be sure, some people may scoff at your inability, but at some point, instead of feeling insecure about my individualized practice routine, I went the route of, "It's cool, they can laugh now. But they're not working on their game, and that's where I'm going to succeed."

Anyway, I'm betting folks have all sorts of tips and tricks for developing that lefty. Mine are very, very basic. The very first thing I do is I walk through the motions with my left hand. I'll often slowly complete a right hand layup, or prepare to shoot a right handed layup, and I'll concentrate on what body parts move where as well as the finer details such as where my right hand is placed on the ball. I'll take this knowledge and then try to mirror it, simply getting the feel, steps and motions down. Anytime I'm trying to develop a new lefty move, I'll use my right-handed version as a base and walk myself through it.

If you already have all the basics down but are just looking to increase productivity, I say work through left handed layup drills. Work on extending toward the rim. Or try to utilize the Mikan drill: With that drill, finishing while jumping off two feet can be just as effective as finishing off one.

Also, anything involving your left hand is bound to assist in the comfort with which you'll be able to finish. So, left handed dribbling drills, even left-handed form shooting (standing directly in front of the basket, using only the left hand to shoot the ball into the hoop) will help with your left game.

Pushxx 02-28-2012 12:35 PM

Re: Improving offhand ball skills
Repitition and time.

Muscle memory is like building muscle: after you get the practice, your body takes time to build that muscle memory.

So ignore how stupid you look and just keep practing finishing with the left in every way possible. Do it enough and your body will adjust. One day you'll start to do lefty moves and you'll be like "whoa this is way more natural all of the sudden."

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