Whether you're a basketball player defending a point guard or an infielder reacting to a short hop, a set of quick hands can make the difference between a game-winning play and a visit to the bench.
If you are looking to increase your overall hand speed, here is a simple drill that can benefit any athlete.
Hand Speed Drill
Requires: A partner and 15 to 20 balls (about golf ball size; wiffle balls work best)
You may substitute the number of reps with a prescribed amount of time, usually between 10 and 15 seconds, or until you run out of whiffle balls.
- Begin in athletic stance with feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent
- Maintain distance of five to seven feet between you and your partner
- Partner underhand tosses balls toward various points on your body
- Hit all balls with same part of your hand each time; vary which hand you use
Coaching Points: Do not try to catch balls, just hit them with hand // Have partner aim for various points (legs, arms, knees) of your body
Remember, this is a rapid-fire drill so your partner should not waste time between feeds. Also, since this hand speed drill is for general training, use both of your hands.
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