How to Know What to Buy
Back in the day, players like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Dr. J, and others didn’t have any special training or tools to use. They simply played the game constantly and had a never ending desire to improve. However, today there are so many basketball and basketball training products that we’ve lost count. The truth is, that many of these training products are a waste of money and you’d be better off doing drills with a basketball and a home hoop.
Just because most of these products stink doesn’t mean they are all worthless. In this post we are going to present to you three basketball training products that you should feel confident about dropping a few dollar bills on. Every single one of these products significantly improves or helps to improve a specific basketball skill.
We have already done an in depth review of the POWERHANDZ basketball training gloves on our parent site BestOutdoorBasketball.net. Be sure to check it out if you are interested in picking a pair up because I discuss a lot of the details related to the gloves and how they helped me be a more proficient ball handler.
The basic idea of the POWERHANDZ gloves is to minimize the amount of grip you can get on the ball making dribbling more difficult. There are also small weights on the outside of the glove that make the muscles that are used during dribbling work a bit harder.
Having personally used and tested this product I can say that
without a doubt these gloves work! After using POWERHANDZ a few times you’ll notice that you can dribble the basketball harder and control it with greater ease.
2. Elevation Training Mask
While our second pick is not specifically a basketball training, it is certainly one to consider if you are conditioning for the upcoming season. The Elevation Training Mask works by limiting the amount of oxygen you breath in making it feel similar to being in a high elevation environment. By training with lower oxygen levels, your body adjusts and stamina is improved, so when you have access to the typical oxygen environment you will be able to non-stop while your opponents are bent over gasping for air.
In my opinion, strength and stamina are just as important as skill when it comes to basketball. Using this mask will help you get the most out of your skill set.
3. Home Basketball Shot Trainer
Obviously shooting is one of the single most important skills for basketball. There have been many basketball players who have made it to the NBA on their shooting alone (here’s looking at you Steve Kerr). Every team needs a shooter, why not be yours.
To become a great shooter not only do you need to develop proper mechanics, but you have to repeat those mechanics over and over by shooting every day you can. The Airborne Athletics Ic3 Home Basketball Shot Trainer is the best shooting trainer for a recreational home basketball hoop that we have found.
This home basketball training has a large net that captures both made and missed shots and then feeds the ball through a shoot
and then on a track that rolls the ball back to where you shot the ball from. This allows you to get a greater volume of shots without having to be constantly chasing down rebounds, which can be a real pain in the ass when shooting by yourself.