WHAT IF I TOLD YOU that your traditional BALL HANDLING DRILLS were a WASTE OF TIME? A discussion about solo basketball workouts and the validity of traditional ball handling drills used as a foundation for time efficient skill acquisition. Do you get better handles from classic (yet non-systematic) ball handling drills? Or, is it because your have better handles that you can finally perform these traditional ball handling drills more effectively?? Do you even know how these ball handling drills transfer & apply to sport specific skills and situations???
How come there is hardly ever any talk of mastering these drills (instead of only executing them “3-5 min a day” as part of some sort of “ULTIMATE DAILY BALL HANDLING ROUTINE”)?
Join me as I analyze why doing endless amounts of repetition work with the superficial goal of developing skills (i.e., “getting handles”) is a WASTE OF TIME. EFFECTIVE, yes, EFFICIENT, not at all—we are trying to GET BETTER TOMORROW, and it starts with BE EFFICIENT TODAY! The time-consuming task of acquiring skill (e.g., handles) using the “One-Punch Man” method of training (100 pound dribbles, 100 crossovers, 100 step backs, 100 Kyrie/Harden moves, around some cones, EVERYDAY, etc.) is a WASTE OF TIME.
Your TRADITIONAL BALL HANDLING DRILLS are a WASTE OF TIME! There is NO STRUCTURED SYSTEM OF PROGRESSION-REGRESSION nor are there any SELF-FEEDBACK MECHANISM to assist in SELF-CORRECTION and GAUGING PROGRESS. How can you excel at anything else if you are still busy on your 79th pound dribble (EVERYDAY ALL DAY) that you will never replicate in a game because the hesitation move (or variation of it) on the 2nd dribble is what is generally used 80% in real game applications? No one ever dribbles 50 times in a row in place in an actual game, let alone 5. Think about it.
REPETITION is the mother of all habits. CONFIDENCE is build through repetition, but COMPETENCE is built through RHYTHM and COORDINATION.
MOTOR COMPETENCE, that is MOTOR SKILL, is the prerequisite for high quality ATHLETIC MOVEMENTS and PHYSICAL ACTIVITY. The more efficient motor competent persons will have a tendency to be more physically active and be motivated to develop & excel their athletic capacities.
“Mandeville” by Kevin MacLeod (
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