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How to Get Better Hands for Catching a Basketball

    Stand about 12 feet from the wall with a basketball.

    Throw a hard chest pass at the wall.

    Watch the ball as it is coming back to you and catch it. After catching, secure it by pulling it into your chest with elbows extended.

    Continue to throw passes at the wall until you successfully catch five in a row without fumbling in any way.

    At that same 12-foot distance, throw the pass at the wall so it bounces back to you. This will require you to throw the ball lower on the wall.

    Watch the ball as it is coming back to you and catch it. After catching, secure it by pulling it into your chest with elbows extended.

    Continue to catch the bounce passes until your successfully catch five in a row without fumbling in any way.

    Mix up catching chest passes and bounce passes. Purposely throw passes that will come back to you high, low and at different angles. This will allow you to develop quick hands that can catch any pass thrown in your direction.

    Once you have consistently caught passes from the 12-foot position, move up to a 9-foot distance and repeat.

    As your skill level progresses, continue to move closer to the wall to continually challenge yourself.

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Tips

  • Be sure to be in an athletic postion (knees bent, back straight, head up) when catching the passes.

Things Needed

  • Basketball
  • Solid wall (away from any breakable items)

About the Author

Kerry Winans has been a passionate basketball player and coach for many years. As the founder of Core10 Basketball, Kerry has created a foundation for building basketball fundamentals for players at every level. He truly enjoys helping players and teams to reach their full potential. As a student of the game, he is continuing to learn new and innovative methods of basketball instruction.

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