by Pipo Villanueva

Let’s talk about the hierarchy of the hands, it’s applicable to all techniques and is very important:

There’s one hand that carries, which supports the gesture/movement. The other hand is the one that comes and goes, which moves around in the space, executing the corresponding movement. It’s a bit difficult to imagine, so let’s use an example.

The deck is in the left hand, and we’ll cut the deck to the table. Both hands join, the right hand takes the amount of cards desired, the left hand goes back, and the right hand cuts the packet to the table. You see how it’s the right hand that drives the movement. The left hand only cuts. The one that sustains the expression of the movement, is the right hand.

This is important in all techniques. For example in a dribble pass. If you go upwards with the right hand, it can be seen. It’s noticeable that the packets change. It stands out more. But if you go downwards with the left hand it doesn’t.

So which hand is the one that drives the movement? The left hand. 

It’s the left hand that does the gesture, and the right hand just supports the weight of the technique. The one who expresses the movement is the left one.

This is applicable to all techniques, from the simplest to the most complicated. Which hand expresses the movement, and which one simply supports it. 

Distinguishing them affects the spectators perception, so pay attention to this. 

Gabi Pareras

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