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6 Critical Drills For Elite Guards
- By Joe Haefner
(Or Aspiring Ones)
Here are 6 drills that will improve your shooting, finishing, footwork, defense, dribble moves, perimeter moves, and more.
These are drills that you can do by yourself or with a partner.
1v1 Attack - Fast Break
This is a great drill to work on attacking on the defense and finishing in transition. As you can tell in this drill, you work on ball handling, acceleration, speed, agility, finishing, conditioning, and much more. IT is also a great way to build an aggressive mentality.
1v0 Dribble Move Attack - How To Beat Your Defender With Any Dribble Move
Here is a great drill that teaches you how to use your feet so you can beat your defender no matter what dribble move that you use.
Man In The Hole
If you are serious about becoming a lockdown 1-on-1 defender, this drill does it all for you. You develop great defensive quickness and speed to keep the offensive player in front of you. Additionally, it develops mental toughness and conditioning by pushing you to your limits.
Finishing Over Helpside Defense
This drill helps you develop the ability to finish over a rotating helpside defense. You can also move the cones all over the court to simulate different game situations and the time that the defense arrives.
If you want your players to learn how to extend to the hoop and beat the defense, you might put the defense’s cone further out.
If you want to work on finishing that will help you finish over a help defense that is already set, you might put the cones closer to the basket for the defense.
Once you have a technical foundation on how to make lay ups, this drill is great to use as it more closely simulates finishing over the defense in game situations.
Perimeter Moves - Multi-Spot 1 on 1 Drill
This drill helps you improve your ability to get open, footwork to quickly face the basket, and decision-making to shoot or attack. You will improve your perimeter shooting, perimeter moves, and your lay up skills. Additionally, it develops mental toughness and conditioning by pushing you to your limits.
The Foster Drill - Defense and Offense Drill
This is a great offensive and defensive drill. It helps the defense work on close outs and the ability to stop a ball handler attacking at full speed.
The offense must improve their ability to quickly and efficiently drive by the defender and score.
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