Palming a Basketball with Small Hands

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘How To Palm A Basketball EVEN WITH SMALL HANDS!’ by Get Handles Basketball

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Key Insights

  • The video is about how to palm a basketball, even with small hands.
  • Palming the basketball requires hand strengthening and some degree of stretching.
  • Squeezing both hands into the basketball, focusing on both fingertips and the base of the palm, strengthens the hands in the wide position needed for palming.
  • Moving the basketball around while squeezing it with all fingers helps strengthen the wrist and forearm, as well as improve grip in different positions.
  • The joint between the palm and fingers is the key area to strengthen for palming the basketball.
  • Pinching the hands together and holding for 10-20 seconds, focusing on different finger combinations, helps strengthen the necessary joints and fingers.
  • Different types of basketballs may require different approaches, such as dry/slightly sweaty hands for rubbery/leathery basketballs, or sweatier hands for fuzzy outdoor basketballs.
  • The video offers a free workout to improve grip, ball control, and overall athleticism as well as another video focusing on finger flexibility.
  • Viewers are encouraged to subscribe and turn on notifications for future videos.

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Trying to palm the basketball? Today, I’m going to show you how to do that, and you don’t even need big hands. That’s something that’s kind of a misconception. In fact, if you look at my hand, spread out pretty wide here, I’m barely covering two panels. And if you look at half the basketball, there’s 1, 2, 3, 4 panels, meaning 8 total, meaning I’m only covering about a quarter of the basketball, maybe a little more, and I’m still able to palm it.

Well, why is that? It’s because I’ve worked on the things in this video and another video I’ll link you to at the end. And at the end of the video, I’m going to give you advice for different types of basketballs because every kind of basketball has got a little bit different surface, right? So being able to palm it is going to change depending on that.

So what do we need to do? Well, the biggest thing is working on strengthening and to some degree stretching our hands. So the first thing I want you to do is take both hands, put them on the basketball as wide as you possibly can. So like I said, I can cover about two panels. I want to try to get past that two panels if I can. I want to focus on how far my fingers are stretched out on both hands, and I want to get them on the sides.

All I want you to do from there is take both hands and squeeze them into the basketball, trying to dig each one of your fingers. So this finger, I’m trying to dig it in. This one, I’m trying to dig it in. This one, all of them. I’m trying to dig them in and at the same time pushing them together like I’m trying to make the hands come together and the basketball just explode, okay? And all you’re going to do is hold that for like 10, 20 seconds. Take a quick break, maybe about 30 seconds, and then do that again. Again, squeezing them in as hard as you can, both the fingertips and the base of the palm, like everything. Fingers into the basketball and hands trying to bring them together. That’s going to strengthen your hands in this wide position that you need to be able to palm the basketball. That’s the first thing.

Next thing we want to do is keep our hands both on the basketball, but we’re going to focus on just one of them. So right now I’m going to focus on my right hand. My other hand, I’m going to keep on the basketball. I’m not really focused on squeezing that one in. It’s more the right hand. But what we want to do from there is continue to squeeze with all of my fingers in just like I was before, as hard as I can, and just move it around in a different position. So my wrist is bent. My wrist is a little bit to the inside, to the outside, and I’m still that whole time trying to squeeze it in. What that’s going to do is help strengthen some of the wrist area and the forearm, and then also get my hand in the habit of being able to grip the basketball in different positions, right? So if I can do that, that’s going to really help my ability to palm it in games in different ways, you know, be able to move it around a little bit more without losing it, things like that. And it’s just going to help strengthen my hands and my fingers and my forearm and wrist area. So just being able to palm it in general is easier.

The other thing, when you’re trying to palm the basketball, the really important area to get that strength is isn’t really in this joint here or even this joint here. It’s this joint here. So when we’re trying to palm it, getting that strength will allow us to squeeze the whole finger in better. So what you want to do is take your hands and pinch and just keep them long and pinch them together as hard as you can. Hold that for like 10, 20 seconds. Then the thumb with the middle finger, 10, 20 seconds. Thumb with the ring finger, 10, 20 seconds. Each finger about 10 to 20 seconds. You can do that once, possibly twice if you want to get some extra work in and do that on both hands because we want to be able to palm with both hands, right? And that’s going to help strengthen that area and the thumb, which if you look is like a really far spread from this finger, right? Getting that wide base, those fingers strong is going to be important. So then the pinky also would be very important because that’s one of your other widest bases, right? That and then I’d say either your middle or your pointer finger. There’s also another big side of the equation of palm in the basketball, the flexibility side, which we’ll touch on later.

So as far as how to palm different types of basketballs, like ones like this that have like, you know, kind of like a rubbery, but kind of almost like a leather type of a material, not like an old school authentic leather. Those typically I find if my hands are dry, maybe slightly sweaty that I can grip them better. Okay. If it’s one of the basketballs where like it’s an outdoor basketball and it’s like kind of fuzzy, like you’ve maybe seen synthetic leather indoor, outdoor basketballs. And as you use them outside, they get kind of fuzzy. Getting your hands pretty sweaty will probably help. So, you know, you want to keep those things in mind when you’re trying to palm the basketball, like how warmed up your hands are, how much of a sweat you got going with your body is going to actually make a pretty big difference. So if you’re really trying to just get that palm in, think about those sorts of things.

Now, if you really want to take this next level, I’ve got two things for you. Number one, I’ve got a free workout that’s going to help you improve not just your grip and your ball control, but actually your entire athleticism with all your body, your handles, and of course that grip side of things. It’s going to be pinned to the top comment and it’ll also be the top link in the description.

And if you want to really improve that flexibility side of things that I mentioned is so important in your fingers, getting them longer and getting them spread out even more, then this YouTube video is going to help you a ton. It’s going to show you how to palm the basketball by working on both the flexibility side of things and more stuff with grips. Subscribe and turn on all notifications to catch the newest videos, and I’ll see you in that workout pinned to the top comments with this video next. Make moves today.

This article is a summary of the YouTube video ‘How To Palm A Basketball EVEN WITH SMALL HANDS!’ by Get Handles Basketball