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How to Use Tennis Balls for Basketball Dribbling Drills

How to Use Tennis Balls for Basketball Dribbling Drills
Tennis balls aren't just for the tennis court. Photo Credit: Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images

Performing a basic dribble with a large, rubber basketball is fairly easy. Dribbling a smaller, less bouncy tennis ball is not. Learning to dribble a tennis ball, therefore, can refine your coordination and dribbling skills, leading to better ballhandling on the basketball court. Some tennis ball drills can also help you perfect the no-look dribble. By learning to keep your head up during a game you'll improve your court vision and become a better all-around player.

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Dribble and Juggle

Step 1

Bounce the basketball using your nonpreferred hand. Hold a tennis ball in your other hand.

Step 2

Run and dribble with the basketball hand. Throw the tennis ball in the air with the other while dribbling.

Step 3

Bounce the basketball low to the ground and keep your legs wide and stable. Throw the tennis ball higher as you gain confidence.

Step 4

Focus on catching the tennis ball -- don't look at the basketball. This helps you develop automatic dribbling abilities instead of having to fix your eyes on the basketball the whole time.

Step 5

Repeat the drill several times up and down the court.

Tennis Ball Dribbling

Step 1

Dribble the length of a basketball court using a tennis ball. Cross your dribbling hand over several times across the distance.

Step 2

Pick up another tennis ball. Hold one in each hand.

Step 3

Bounce each ball at the same time, dribbling both tennis balls along the court.

Step 4

Avoid catching the tennis ball while running. Dribble it as you would a basketball.

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