This ball is amazing. My son is 11 and has played for years but has only recently started really getting turned on to the game. I currently coach a variety of leagues myself and grew up playing with guys like Jason Williams and Randy Moss. I only wish I could have had a tool like this ball when I was his age. I would have worn this thing out!
The ball itself does not have the feel of a smart ball which is awesome! There is no clunky or weighted feel like other smart balls I have used. I actually just coached at an AAU tourney this past weekend and the gym lost their game ball. I grabbed my DribbleUp ball from my bag and threw it to the ref. They used it instead of the game ball. Everyone was asking what kind of ball it was. They liked the feel. After learning it was a Smart Ball, it was quickly dubbed “The Device.” The kids, refs, and others started asking for “The Device.” Sounded like something the Avengers would be seeking out. The kids on my team were still asking about "The Device" last night at practice.
The training is great. The drills are not revolutionary but having a video showing you what to do and measuring you on your ability to do it create a competitiveness that drives you to perform better. That's key. Having the phone sitting in front of you while you train also teaches the player to keep their eyes up as they watch the screen and perform the drill at the same time. I just ordered a HDMI cable for my iphone so I can put the video on a TV screen which will make it bigger. It only takes 10+ minutes a day doing these drills and you will see a big improvement over time. When you consider the cost of a personal trainer, the ball is pretty cheap. I have buddies that charge the same cost as this ball for one hour of personal training. There are some pretty advanced drills in the app and a lot of combo routines so this will keep even a skilled player busy for quite a while.
The other AAU coach I work with has commented every week on how my son’s ball handling skills have improved with every practice. He has developed those skills with the ball and has used games and practice to develop the confidence to put those skills to use.
I was so intrigued by this ball that I ended talking to the guy that runs this company and they are adding new features which will make this ball even better. I am really anxious to see where they go with this program. Knowing the company is going to continue to add to the functionality is exciting considering I am already impressed.
At the end of the day, it’s a great tool to train with which gives you structured ball handling sessions and measurable results. As a coach, I would highly recommend this ball for any player looking to mature their skills. I am a stats guy so I firmly believe… “You can’t manage what you don’t measure and what gets measured gets improved.”
First thing on Amazon that made me want to write a review!
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- ASIN: B01H7TVI7U
- Average Customer Review: 93 customer reviews
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