Learn How to Do a Butterfly Dribble

Posted on Jan 26, 2023 by Dribbleup Academy

In this article, we'll explain how to perform a Butterfly Dribble, why it's effective, and how the Dribbleup Smart Basketball combined with practice drills in the Dribbleup mobile app can assist in learning this move.

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The Butterfly Dribble is a fantastic, quick-twitch basketball move for young children to learn early on in their basketball training. It's a combination of a crossover and a between-the-legs dribble that allows players to keep the ball away from defenders and move up the court.

The main benefit of this intermediate move is the ability to change direction quickly during games. By switching the ball between your hands and legs, you can easily move in different directions and keep the defender off balance. Because the ball is hidden between the legs, it's a great way to protect the ball from pesky defenders trying to steal it.

Here's a quick guide on how to perform the Butterfly Dribble:

  1. Start by slowly walking forward and dribbling the ball in your dominant hand.

  2. As your opposite leg moves forward, crossover dribble the ball between your legs to your non-dominant hand.

  3. As you continue to move forward, immediately dribble the ball through your other leg back to your dominant hand.

  4. Repeat this while moving up the court, with each bounce of the ball alternating as a between-the-legs crossover.

NOTE: In an actual game situation, you might only do 1 or 2 repetitions of this, so you can keep the defender guessing and maintain control of the ball.

How the Dribbleup Smart Basketball can help

Learning the Butterfly Dribble can be challenging, but the Dribbleup Smart Basketball helps make it simple. Trainers in the Dribbleup app slowly walk through the basics in live and on-demand video sessions.

Once your kids are ready to practice, the app uses augmented reality and your phone's camera to track their dribbling and provide instant feedback on their performance. It also tracks stats such as speed and accuracy and saves this info in the app where it can be reviewed later on to determine areas of improvement.

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With over 6,000 reviews and a 4.7/5 star rating (as of 2/14/23), your child will love practicing at home with this training tool. So grab the Smart Basketball today and have them join a live or on-demand practice session to start learning the Butterfly Dribble. Membership separate (auto-renews monthly at the applicable fee) and gives you full access to all training content on the App for up to 6 members of your household.

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