Basketball is a game played low to the ground and in straight lines. Coach Lyndsey Fennelly, a former standout point guard at Iowa State University and was later drafted by the WNBA’s Indiana Fever, uses this simple, but effective drill to get those points across and to create a great habit among her players through repetition.
The drill begins with the player picking up the basketball from the ground. This forces the athlete to be low to the ground and in triple-threat position when getting the ball. Coach Fennelly believes the first step is critical when putting the basketball on the floor. She wants her players to cover as much ground as possible in the first dribble. The drive should be a straight-line drive which means the player needs to use a push step, rather than a crossover step, to get to the basket.
By being efficient with the dribble and covering the most ground with the initial dribble, you can make up for not being the best athlete. If you attack and drive your shoulder into the defender, you can get by the defender as he or she closes out onto you.
1) Pick Up the Ball Low to the Ground
2) Use a Push Step to Get Towards the Basket in a Straight Line
3) Drive the Shoulder at the Defender