Learning how to grip a basketball is actually very beneficial to improving your game as a basketball player. Without effectively being able to grip a basketball, dunking is much more difficult. By following these techniques, you will develop the grip strength to be able to grip/palm a basketball much more effectively even if you have smaller hands.

Stretch out your hands. Place your hand down on a flat surface with your palm side down. Extend each one of your fingers as far as possible and hold in this position for 30 seconds to a minute. Rest in between and do this for at least 5 sets. This will get your fingers used to gripping the ball with your fingers extended as far as possible.

There are many different stretches that you can do that will help you master gripping a basketball. These include claw stretches, palm stretches, thumb stretches and even gripping plates to improve grip strength. Things like stress balls and clamps can also be used to improve grip strength. Gripping a basketball requires a considerable amount of finger-tip strength to be able to grip a basketball. Focus on exercises that strengthen grip and overall hand strength. When you have done this for several weeks, try gripping a regular sized basketball. If you find this too difficult, work on gripping a slightly smaller ball such as a women’s regulation sized ball instead. Don’t use a ball too small, it will be too big of a jump going from a youth ball to a regular men’s basketball.

Line your fingers up with the grooves of the ball. This is the most important thing when it comes to gripping a basketball. Place your thumb so it aligns with the straight groove around the middle area of the ball. Your other four fingers should be on the groove just above the center groove. Once this is established, grip the ball solely using the fingertips of your thumb, index, middle and ring fingers. Your palm doesn’t actually do any of the work when palming a basketball. It should really be called finger tipping a basketball. Once you have a strong grip with the basketball, extend your arm out and practice squeezing the ball as hard as your fingertips can hold. Remember not to over train but repetition of these steps is crucial in to learning how to grip a basketball effectively.