Basketball Training Equipment: The Top 25 List

Basketball Training Equipment: The Top 25 List


Basketball Training Equipment: Best Recommendations

Having the right tools makes all the difference. As an athlete, or as a team, you want to make sure that you are not only working hard but that you are working smart and maximizing your gym time. Being able to do that has a lot to do with the equipment that you have at hand. If you want to be able to prepare at an elite level, you need to set yourself up to do so.

With most programs being on a pretty tight budget and a lot of companies out there claiming to have a “miracle product” for sale, we decided to put together our list of the best basketball products on the market. These are the basketball training tools that we use when filming different basketball drills for Basketball HQ and in-person with Tampa Basketball Training.

Hopefully, you can look through this list of the best basketball training equipment and find something that will help you. I am sure that we missed a couple of good training tools, so if you have one that you really like and feel it should be on the list, comment below.



Basketball Training Equipment: The Top 25 List



Wilson Evolution basketball


1. Wilson Evolution Basketball

Recommended For: Basketball Players

Training Tool Price: $54.95

About Basketball Training Tool: Every player needs a good basketball that they can bring with them to work on their game. One of our favorite basketballs is the Wilson Evolution Basketball. This basketball has an excellent grip and is one of the favorites among players. It is also very durable and will provide quality use for years. If you are looking for a new basketball, this is one of the best basketballs out there.





2. Dribbling Goggles

Recommended For: Basketball Players

Training Tool Price: $9.97

About Basketball Training Tool: A lot of younger players struggle to keep their eyes up while dribbling a basketball. With dribbling goggles, though, it blocks the player’s eyes from being able to glance down at the basketball. Start learning to dribble with your eyes up with this great ball-handling tool.




Ball Hog Gloves


3. Ball Hog Gloves

Recommended For: Basketball Players

Training Tool Price: $30

About Basketball Training Tool: The idea behind ball hog gloves is to make it harder to control the basketball with the gloves on. That way, when you get into a game situation and are not wearing the gloves anymore, you have more control over the ball. Develop your ball control and touch by using the ball hog gloves.



Weighted Basketball Trainer


4. Weighted Basketball Trainer

Recommended For: Basketball Coaches and Players

Training Tool Price: $169.95 (for a 2-pack)

About Basketball Training Tool: There are all kinds of weighted basketball that come in different sizes and weights. This particular weighted basketball trainer weighs 3 pounds and is official size. It is going to help a player work on extending their shooting range and also their hand strength when dribbling.



D Man


5. The D Man

Recommended For: Basketball Coaches and Trainers

Training Tool Price: $69.99

About Basketball Training Tool: If you look at the shooting percentages between shooting a contested shot compared to an uncontested shot, you will first make sure that your team is contesting more shots on defense, but secondly, you will see the value of the D Man and learning to shoot over a contested hand. You can use the D Man to work on finishes, shooting, or as a defender to make dribble moves past.




SKLZ Agility Ladder

6. Agility Ladder

Recommended For: Basketball Coaches and Trainers

Training Tool Price: $19.99

About Basketball Training Tool: Footwork in basketball is key, regardless of position. A great way to improve a player’s footwork is the agility ladder. There are multiple different types of footwork combinations that you can do with an agility ladder to challenge and improve a player’s footwork. So whether you are a beginner or a pro, agility ladders add a lot of value.





Weighted Speed Vest


7. Weighted Speed Vest

Recommended For: Basketball Coaches and Players

Training Tool Price: $37

About Basketball Training Tool: The weighted speed vest is going to help develop a player’s explosiveness and speed. The idea behind using a weighted vest is that the player will train with the weights on to make their body push harder. That way, when they remove the vest, they trick their body to output the same amount of energy, but this time the athlete is lighter, making them more explosive.








8. Air Relax Leg Recovery System

Recommended For: Players

Training Tool Price: $545

About Basketball Training Tool: The quicker a player is able to recover, the sooner they will be able to get back to working on their game. And, rather than feeling sore for their next workout, they will feel refreshed and ready to go. The Air Relax Leg Recovery System is going to allow players to maximize their recovery time. It uses air to squeeze your leg and remove lactic acid and muscle stiffness and soreness.





Speed Rope Jump Rope



9. Jump Rope

Recommended For: Basketball Coaches and Players

Training Tool Price: $29.99

About Basketball Training Tool: A great way to improve footwork and quickness is a jump rope. It is also a great way to warm up before a practice or workout. Whether you are a big man or a guard, jumping rope is a great tool.





Elevation Training Mask


10. Elevation Training Mask

Recommended For: Basketball Players

Training Tool Price: $39.97

About Basketball Training Tool: This mask is a multi-sport training tool, but it is perfect for developing a player’s conditioning and endurance. The goal of the mask is to simulate a high altitude situation that is going to force the athlete to improve their breathing. That way, when the mask is removed, the player will be able to breathe easier and hopefully run harder and longer.






11. The Big Cone

Recommended For: Basketball Coaches and Trainers

Training Tool Price: $29.99

About Basketball Training Tool: No more having to pull out trash cans or set up chairs; the Big Cone will allow you to easily set up and takedown “stationary defenders” for working on ball handling, finishing, and more. The Big Cone also can double as a storage unit if needed.






Resistance Band


12. Resistance Bands

Recommended For: Basketball Coaches and Trainers

Training Tool Price: $39.90

About Basketball Training Tool: Resistance bands are great for working on making explosive movements that translate over to a game. You can work on being able to blow by an opponent, sliding to cut off an offensive player, and so many more movements that are used within a game.







13. Agility Hurdles

Recommended For: Basketball Coaches and Trainers

Training Tool Price: $44.99

About Basketball Training Tool: Agility hurdles are great because they force a player to get their feet up off the ground and move quickly. They can either be used for footwork drills or vertical training; both essential in today’s game of basketball.



14. PowerHandz

Recommended For: Basketball Players

Training Tool Price: $69.99

About Basketball Training Tool: Similar to the Ball Hog gloves listed above, the goal of the PowerHandz Gloves is to force the ball handler to get out of their comfort zone and work to develop their handles. These gloves are weighted and come with an anti-friction surface. The weighted gloves aspect will help with developing quicker hands, and the smooth surface on the gloves will help to develop better ball control.






15. Disc Cones

Recommended For: Basketball Coaches and Trainers

Training Tool Price: $9.99

About Basketball Training Tool: Whether it is working on ball handling, defense, footwork, etc., disc cones are great to have. They are a must for any trainer or coach, but they also make a great training tool for players as well. The benefit of disc cones over regular cones is that they are easier to transport, store, and for the price, you can get a lot more cones.




16. Multipurpose Resistance Bands

Recommended For: Basketball Coaches and Trainers

Training Tool Price: Varies

About Basketball Training Tool: Similar to the speed and explosiveness training resistance bands, these multipurpose bands can be used for speed, vertical, etc., but they can also be used to work on flexibility, strength, and more. I would recommend getting one of these bands based solely on stretching and improving flexibility, but with all the other things you can do with them as well, they are a no-brainer.





Tennis Balls


17. Tennis Balls

Recommended For: Basketball Coaches and Trainers

Training Tool Price: $15.88

About Basketball Training Tool: Hand-eye coordination is a big part of basketball, and a great way to improve a player’s coordination is to include tennis balls into different drills. You can use them in ball handling drills, catching drills, quickness/speed drills, etc.





18. Pro Shot Finger Spacer

Recommended For: Basketball Players

Training Tool Price: $9.99

About Basketball Training Tool: This training tool is designed to force players to keep proper finger spacing when shooting and dribbling. It works really well with shooting, though. A lot of times, younger players struggle with proper finger positioning on their shooting hand, and this tool will help with that.





19. Kick Out Ball Return

Recommended For: Basketball Players

Training Tool Price: $38.99

About Basketball Training Tool: This is another great product brought by SKLZ, and it is going to allow a player to shoot and then have the ball returned to them on the make. If you are not able to consistently have a rebounder when you shoot, this product will help to save you a lot of time and energy running down the ball after you shoot, which will allow for more time and energy spent on actual shooting.







20. Blocking Pad

Recommended For: Basketball Coaches and Trainers

Training Tool Price: $49.99

About Basketball Training Tool: Great players are able to be physical and handle contact. Whether it is being able to shield off an aggressive defender, boxing out, finishing at the basket, or whatever it might be, players need to learn to play through contact. The blocking pad is a great way to do this while being safe.






21. Solo Assist

Recommended For: Basketball Coaches and Trainers

Training Tool Price: $129.99

About Basketball Training Tool: Unfortunately, you do not always have a passer at your disposal as a player when you are training, and as a coach with 12 plus players in the gym, sometimes your only responsibility can’t be just passing. The Solo Assist allows for a passer and lets you practice different shots, moves, etc., that require a passer.






22. Dribble Stick

Recommended For: Basketball Coaches and Players

Training Tool Price: $99.99

About Basketball Training Tool: Ball handling has a lot to do with ball control and being able to put the ball where you want it to go. The Dribble Stick helps to promote ball control by forcing the player to dribble over or under different height levels. With this basketball training tool, you can practice quick hand to hand combinations, ball control, and much more.




Padded Blocking Guards


23. Padded Blocking Guards

Recommended For: Basketball Coaches and Trainers

Training Tool Price: $54.99

About Basketball Training Tool: Elevate your game to new heights with the Play Platoon Padded Blocking Guards, designed to optimize your training by mimicking the presence of larger opponents and tackling dummies. These heavy-duty blocking pads are constructed from durable padded foam and composite leather, featuring a padded handle for enhanced control and comfort during drills. They’re engineered to be both sweat-proof and tear-proof, ensuring they withstand the rigors of intense training sessions.







24. Control Basketball Set

Recommended For: Basketball Players and Trainers

Training Tool Price: $44.99

About Basketball Training Tool: Getting out of your comfort zone is a must when it comes to improving as a ball handler. The Control Basketball Set is going to provide three basketballs that are of different sizes and weights. One ball focuses on quickness, another on touch, and the third on building hand and finger strength.



25. Resistance Sprints Parachute

Recommended For: Basketball Players and Trainers

Training Tool Price: $10.99

About Basketball Training Tool: This is not a basketball-specific training tool, but it is great for helping improve speed. A resistance band is great for working on sprints as well, but the resistance parachute will allow you to run for a longer distance and will push you to go your max speed.

The goal is to trick your muscles into working harder than they need to when the parachute is on. That way, when you remove the parachute and execute the same sprints, your body will continue to put out that extra energy, but this time you will not have the parachute holding you back.



Basketball Training Equipment Conclusion

As a basketball player or coach, how you spend your time in the gym is valuable. The whole goal of this article is to help provide you with training tools that are going to allow you to maximize your time and effort in the gym. Having the right tools can make all the difference.

If you are looking for some more basketball-related products, check out our list of the Best Basketball Books and our list of the Top 25 Basketball Gifts.

Also, please remember to share your comments on any great basketball training equipment that we may have missed. We are always looking to update this list with any new great training tools that we are able to discover.





25 Responses

  1. Shooting Strap is also a great piece of basketball training equipment for correcting off hand involvement in shooting as well as teaching younger players how to shoot a weak hand lay-up

  2. Game Elevations – Driveway Drills individual training manuals have helped my players find individual training drills, along with a resource to structure their workouts. They have 6 books plus a master training manual for about $3.99 for a digital e-book. You can find online at Have used the Shooting Coach also (the books have drills for that ball). Can find online at

  3. Dick Baumgartner’s Sure Shot Basketball is the absolute best for teaching proper hand placement on the ball for shooting!

  4. Hallo Basketball HQ,

    my Name is Coach Knox, and I have been Teaching Basketball here in Germany for over 20 Years.

    I would like to know how much Money would the Blocking Pad cost me.

    I need 2 Pads, also with total expenses, including Transportation fees?

    I live here close to Stuttgart, Thank you for any assistance, and wishing your Team a good Day.

    Greetings Coach J. Knox.

  5. Agreed about the shooting strap ( and the hand print ball to show proper grip to younger players.

  6. James, thanks for the comment. All of the equipment is listed on Amazon. Just click on the link and it will take you to where you can purchase it. Hope that helps!

  7. Great article about training equipment for basketball players.I think the Shooting Coach shooting basketball is a great way to develop you shooting fundamentals.

  8. Can’t believe the sweep stick was not on this list. The ball security and first step training it teaches are a must at all levels.

  9. I really like the dribble stick for my daughter. She’s learning how to dribble and it’s been awesome seeing her grow!

  10. There is a new Basketball Training Tool that is making some huge noise, called “Ball By Yourself Basketball” a basketball that allow players from 6 yrs to adults to train by themselves, working on dribbling, passing, shooting and footwork without EVER chasing loose balls again. (into the streets for younger kids) Players with injuries can use this tool as a rehab tool to assist with basic drills while having. restrictions This tool also helps with timing, rhythm as well as self-esteem and confidence with new beginners, through repetition.

    Several older adults using this tool for rehab purposes, those with arthritis are also praising it for an opportunity to attain great exercise while working on their muscle restriction movement. This tool which is currently Patent Pending and the functioning prototypes are now selling on it’s website.

  11. Please allow me to suggest The PerfectShot, a product that places the arms in the proper position, keeps the elbows in, all without touching the shooter. Fully adjustable to all sizes of player, trains right and left handed shooters, helps the bigs with inside shots, even trains the proper arm positioning for dribbling. Look at the web below for a teaching video!

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  13. A weighted vest makes a big difference in your basketball specific workouts, well for me i felt it did. Same as the weighted ball, help tighten up my handles.

    Great article, didnt even think of other equipment, thankfully i found the article i will be looking to implement into my youth team off season practice!

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