# Basketball basics 2: learn to dribble
A player in possession of the ball can move only by dribbling. It is, therefore, crucial to master the fundamental techniques. To dribble, you have three major points to work on: position your body, control the ball, and dribble down.
First, properly position your body
In position, place your hips slightly backward to reduce the distance between the ball and the ground.
Keep your back straight and your head up to take as much information as you can.
Then control the ball
To dribble, bounce the ball on the ground keeping your hand, fingers spread, over the ball. Keep your wrist supple. Do not hit the ball but accompany it to the end of its descent.
Do not look at your ball, fix a point far in front of you.
Finally, dribble down
Never dribble higher than your hip, ideally, your dribble will reach knee height.
Be careful to keep the wrist supple during the dribble, not to hit the ball but to accompany it in its descent.
Be careful not to put your hand under the ball to avoid carrying a ball.
Your dribble should never exceed your height, ideally, it should be at the height of your knee.