Your hand position over the basketball will determine the direction of the basketball movement.
When you place your hand directly on top of the basketball and push down, the basketball will move straight up and down in one place.
When you place your hand behind the basketball and push down, the basketball will move forward.
When you place your hand in front of the basketball and push down, the basketball will move backward.
When you place your hand to the right side and push down, the basketball will move to the left.
Finally, when you place your hand to the left side and push down, the basketball will move to the right side.
When dribbling the basketball, you must adjust your hand position over the basketball for it
to keep up with your movement. Failure to do so will results in a turnover. For example, it you are moving forward, you must place your hand behind the basketball so that when you push down, the basketball will advance with you. If you put your hand directly on top of the basketball, when you push down the basketball will move straight up and down. Thus you will leave it behind as you advance forward resulting in a turnover.
Basketball Dribbling Fundamentals (Stationary)
If you want more information on the mechanics of dribbling fundamentals, you can order the first series of Triple T Basketball Fundamental Skills - Stationary Dribbling DVD or videotape. This DVD or Videotape outlines all the mechanics of stationary dribbling, which is a prerequisite for anybody who wants to learn or improve their dribbling skills. Remember, there is more to dibbling than just pushing the basketball up and down the floor. You must understand how certain concepts such as Direction of Basketball Dribbling, Position for Dribbling the Basketball, Hand position over the basketball, The two-step, etc., fits in dribbling. With the knowledge, you will be in charge and under control of your dribbling (the basketball will become an extension of your hand)