Hi y’all. Last blog I talked about keys to accurate setting, using what I call the “W” hand positioning. You can find that post here. Today I want to share with you two drills to improve touch; Catch and Toss and Floor Sets. Lets dive right in.
TWO DRILLS TO IMPROVE TOUCH
Drills to Improve “Touch” 1: Catch and Toss
A great way to refine your touch is to do a series of “catch and toss” reps with a coach or teammate. Here’s how it works:
• Hold your hands up with flat wrists and big hands and have your partner toss you the ball.
• Catch the ball and look at your hands. If they look good – nice shape, correct technique – push through the ball with flat palms to target and send it back to your partner.
• Repeat this as many times as it takes to get a good feel. And keep doing this drill until the catch and toss technique becomes second nature. To put yourself in the right mindset, continually think about “ball-shaped hands.”
• Be sure to do this drill with back sets as well as front sets. This will help you get confident setting in either direction. This drill can progress to a catch and release, which would be similar to a regular set.
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Drills to Improve “Touch” 2: Floor Sets
“Floor Sets” are great for working on your “feel.”
Here’s how they’re done:
• Grab a ball and either sit with your legs spread apart or on your knees, whichever is more comfortable for you.
• Push your hands into the ball and push the ball into the ground. Once you have a firm grip on the ball, move it up to your forehead, then release and catch to yourself or a partner. Do as many reps as it takes to establish a nice rhythm.
• A good progression for this drill is to move to a wall and set to yourself. Use the same steps as the previous drill: Push your hands into the ball, push the ball into the floor, move it to your forehead, release against the wall, catch.
• A final progression is moving to the court and setting different targets using the same pre-set routine. The more you get used to feeling the shape of the ball, the easier setting will become in drills, scrimmages or matches.