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It's always an age old question on what new thing should you try to add to a player's game. For some it's always about adding the newest flashy "Move" that they saw on NBA TV or Instagram that day. For me its always trying to add little things that can make a big difference in a player's game.
Lets be honest, most of the players that a coach will work with are in the Role Player variety. Usually they have a skill that can get them in a game like making shots, or rolling to the basket on screen roll. Their role is defined an hopefully they know their lane to stay in. It is up to us to find the one little wrinkle that they can add to make their skill that much more effective.
For example, If I was working with a 6'5 SG that is a catch and shoot player with very limited creativity off of the dribble I would want to play to his strengths. If they can consistently make shots forcing defenders to close out to him hard I know that they don't have to be a great ball handler but would have to be effective on straight line drives. Finishing with both hands would be something that I would like to add to their game immediately. Because of their ability to make shots defenders are going to lunge out to them as well as leave their feet on ball fakes. There are so many ways that a shooter can get a defender to leave their feet because of their ability to make shots. Once they get their defender off balance being able to drive in the paint and make a play for a finish is skill that they will need.
Weak Hand Development is something that player development coaches and players alike don't spend enough time on. Because they set aside less than 2% of their shots in workouts for their weak hands, players are reluctant to use it in games as well as skill development sessions. What I found is that it takes about a month straight of drilling players on their weak hand to gain enough confidence in using it in game. What I also found was in about three months they would master the ability to finish with their weak hand.
What it takes is concentrated effort and focus on shooting a high number of reps in a short period of time. Three years ago I developed a program that enables the player to shoot 112 shots in a seven minute period. In my opinion the brain trains itself to make adjustments and by shooting for 7 straight minutes in a variety of different shots only with their left hand it develops a player's motor skills and touch to use their weak hand.
Players play off of their confidence level. Giving them something that they can put in their bag and be comfortable and confident about is worth its weight in gold to them. I feel as though giving them the ability to use both hands really puts them at an advantage when they enter a game. Most defenders want to play them to their strong hand, giving them the ability to drive and finish with their week hand would boost their confidence and their relevancy to their team.
Come up with a program on your own, or PURCHASE one from us!! Make sure you make it challenging to them and be consistent with having them work on it almost on a daily basis. Explain to them that having a weak hand is so important to taking their game up a level.
If you are a coach searching for ideas on what to do to set yourself apart in your approach to player development start spending 5-10 minutes a day on weak hand development. Lets be honest , no one wants to spend a lot of time on it and it is super easy to develop. It just takes effort, time, and focus. To order our Booklet on Weak Hand Development please click on the image below. Thank you for taking the time to visit my site today.