Handling the ball is one of the most important parts of the basketball game. Yet it is also the part that is most neglected by the players. Many young or even experienced players make some mistakes that might be ruining their game.
Dribbling and taking care of the ball is critical to winning any game. There are some mistakes that are most common among basketball players. If you are the one who has made any of these mistakes then I have some tips for you at the end of this article. In my observation, below are some of the most common mistakes that beginner basketball players make.
- Dribbling too high
This is one of the most common problems among young basketball players. If you dribble too high, you have less control over the dribble. A good basketball player should focus on keeping the dribble as low as possible. A lower dribble is faster and more explosive. Most importantly, you will have better control over the dribble.
- Not keeping hand on top of the ball
This is the reason why officials make carrying calls. Keeping the hand on top of the ball is quite important if you want to play the game well. Placing the ball under your hand will definitely cause a carrying motion while placing it on top of the ball will enable you to have better control of the dribble.
- Dribbling far out in front or behind
If you have the ball far out in front then there is a high probability that it will be knocked away or stolen by your opponent. On the other hand, dribbling far out in behind will cause you to either slow down the speed or stop the dribble. So, what is the best approach for dribbling? The answer is to dribble at your side. Having the dribble at your side will enable you to protect your dribble better as well as give you a lot more control.
- Not mastering the basics
Here’s the thing that a lot of beginner basketball players do not understand. If you want to become an advanced level basketball player, you need to master the basics first. The fundamentals of the game should be practiced as much as possible especially in the beginning. Continuously improve your basics and let it become your second nature.
Once you master the basics, you can move on to do the fancy things. But trying out the fancy things before mastering the basics will not help you at all.
- Too much of stationary ball handling
Stationary ball handling is not a bad thing, but when you are learning basketball you need to practice both on the move drills and stationary drills. Stationary moves are good for developing hand eye co ordination but on the move, drills will help you dribble at a different speed which happens majority of time in the game.