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Five basketball dribble moves to outsmart the defense

by | Sep 28, 2020

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The ability to use dribble moves to beat your defender is priceless in basketball.

Through this, you’ll be able to create for yourself AND your teammates.

With consistent dribbling training, using these five moves, you’ll be blowing by defenders with ease.

Crossover dribble move

To perform a crossover, dribble the ball from one hand to the other in front of your body.

HOW TO USE:

A good crossover is quick, whilst using your eyes/shifting your body to deceive your defender.

In-and-out dribble move

This is done by faking as if you’re going to crossover the ball, and then whilst keeping the ball in the same hand, dribbling the ball back to the outside.

HOW TO USE:

After previously beating your defender with a crossover, an in-and-out can be so effective.

Make sure to use your eyes and shoulder to sell the fake.

Through-the-legs dribble move

To perform this dribbling move, dribble the ball from one hand to the other, but this time through your legs.

HOW TO USE:

Through-the-legs dribble moves are a great way to quickly change direction, whilst protecting the ball at the same time.

Simple… but very effective.

Hesitation dribble move

A hesitation dribble move is done by bouncing the ball and letting it hang in your hand for a bit.

This must be done WITHOUT letting your hand go under the ball to keep control.

(if your hand goes under the ball it is an illegal ‘carrying violation’)

HOW TO USE:

A great hesitation will completely slow down the pace of your dribble.

Try to raise your body slightly and use it to read your defender.

On the next dribble, there’s a great opportunity to explode forwards/change direction to catch the defender off guard.

Behind-the-back dribble move

To do this, dribble the ball from one hand to the other behind your back.

HOW TO USE:

This is a great way to switch hands when you anticipate a defender reaching for the ball.

When attacking downhill, it can be a devastating change of direction, all while protecting the ball from the defender with your body.

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