Being able to be explosive and athletic has a lot to do with technique and form. It comes from playing low and then pushing off and driving in the direction you want to go. Whether you are attacking out of the triple threat, making a move off of the dribble, or doing a defensive slide, it all comes from this athletic base position.
This specific basketball drill will work on being able to rip through on the catch or out of the triple threat, but it really translates into so many areas of the game. It is a great drill to warm up with and to work on the techniques of driving off your back leg. Being able to execute this type of rip through movement is a basketball fundamental that every player should be spending time working on.
Basketball Drill Overview
Drill Name: Rip Through Basketball Drill
Equipment Needed: 1 basketball or heavy ball.
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Goals of the Drill
- Practice the correct technique for ripping the ball through and work on being explosive.
- Stay low in an athletic position the whole time and really look to be explosive every time.
- Make sure that you aren’t practicing a travel.
- Keep your eyes up on the rip through and bring the ball from hip to hip, don’t expose it to the imaginary defender.
Basketball Drill Instructions
- The player will start with the basketball on their left hip and in an athletic position.
- They are going rip the ball through and extend their right foot out and forward.
- As they do, they are going to dribble the basketball one time with their right hand.
- Pick the basketball back up and then repeat the movement going to the left side this time.
- Continue alternating back and forth for the desired amount of repetitions or distance.
- Half-court and back is usually a good distance.