A friend sent me an email with the following drill:
How to develop an explosive dribble
Only allow one dribble to get to the hoop after grabbing the ball off the chair to develop an explosive, fast first step.
Why use it
Too often players look indecisive with the ball in a game – give them a lot of first–step repetitions in practice so they are better prepared to attack in game situations.
Place a chair near the 3–point line at the top of the key. Place a ball on the chair facing the player. The player is in a basketball position with knees bent and hands ready to grab the ball.
How to play
Snatch the ball off the chair and attack the basket. The player is allowed one dribble. If the dribble isn’t explosive enough, then the player isn’t close enough to the basket to shoot the layup.
When the dribble is explosive, the player plants off the left foot and surges toward the hoop completing a power layup.
Players quickly learn they must explode with the only dribble they are allowed or be forced to shoot 10 feet from the basket. Institute a penalty for a missed shot, which makes getting to the basket and creating a higher percentage shot all more worthwhile.