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Basketball Dribbling : Basketball Dribbling: Practice With Tennis Balls

August 30, 2019

Hi, this is Sean Hobson, and what we’re talking
about right now is the proper mechanics to becoming a good dribbler. One of the interesting
tools that you can use to become a good dribbler is actually not a basketball, but a tennis
ball. The reason for it is, because the tennis ball obviously bounces well, and it’s so much
smaller than the basketball. You can use tennis balls a lot in basketball practice because
if you can become good at dribbling a tennis ball, you’re going to be really good at dribbling
a basketball. You can see the difference in the size of the two, and if you imagine you
become good at controlling a tennis ball, think of how much bigger that basketball is,
and that basketball is going to be no problem for you as a dribbler. So what you’re going
to do when dribbling the tennis ball, is you’re going to again, get down in your stance just
like you would with the basketball. You’re going to keep the ball low, and you’re going
to dribble it just like you would a basketball. You’re going to try to keep it on the pads
of your fingers, not on the palm, and you want to try when the ball comes up not to
catch it and throw it back down. You want to keep it on your fingertips. We’re going
to have Hunter here show you how to dribble it. And it’s hard–it’s hard not to keep control
of a tennis ball, but as you work on it time and time again, you’ll get much better at
it. All right, here we go. Good. You want to keep your head up while you’re dribbling
the tennis ball. All right, you’re done. Good job. The better you become at dribbling the
basketball, then he can take it to the next step and he can work on crossovers with the
tennis ball, he can try going between the legs with the tennis ball, and then you pick
up that big basketball and it’s going to be so much easier to do all these drills. So
a tennis ball can come in handy, even in a basketball drill.


  • Reply Christian McClain September 22, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    See this is what i hate. fat white guys trying to teach handles

  • Reply Chris S November 10, 2009 at 2:29 am

    come on hunter pay attention haha this kid looks like he hates bball good tip though ive never tryed this tip

  • Reply Patience Harris February 27, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    This drill really works

  • Reply zerodrago December 21, 2010 at 7:13 am

    wait do u catch it everytime it come up and then let go quick?

  • Reply Satchmochris May 22, 2011 at 1:23 am

    "alright you're done." hahahahahaha

  • Reply neballar August 29, 2011 at 9:29 pm

    Skip to my lou worked this before his street days took off

  • Reply HogHab December 20, 2011 at 1:59 am

    @ToneJermain no, it's a good drill. if you control a thing smaller than your hand you can controll a thig bigger than your head. imagine the greatest crossovers whit the tennis ball. if you do them whit the basketball they become even more better.

  • Reply Mr Bubbles March 14, 2012 at 6:08 am

    The kid looks like he is having the time of his life…

  • Reply Matt March 18, 2012 at 3:41 am

    yeah cuz dribbling a 4 inch tennis ball through your legs is a lot harder than a basketball.

  • Reply deezy dre August 4, 2012 at 9:08 pm

    dude this is good, i trained like this and i have gotten way better, cant nobody stop me, if you dont believe me come to Central High in Baton Rouge Louisiana, listen to what he says, this stuff is good

  • Reply Mr Mayor January 5, 2013 at 11:46 pm

    I can tell alot of people who post on here knows nothing about creating different ways of handling a basketball.. Tennis ball is sweet!

  • Reply Wilson Das Reeves April 15, 2013 at 2:06 am

    Steve Nash would Practice with Tennis Balls and he's a great Dribbler

  • Reply VerticalJumpPrime May 18, 2013 at 8:02 am

    if you can dribble a tennis ball you can dribble a basketball

  • Reply Greg Hannah February 20, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Great job youre good at basketball

  • Reply MikeUnthertz January 9, 2016 at 6:17 pm

    This is all very true. I attended John Wooden's LA camps in the early 80s, and he used tennis ball training. Any advanced dribbling technique with a basketball seemed simple because I could already do it with a tennis ball.

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