Adrian Peterson has been training with a 14-pound football to help cure his fumbling woes. At first blush, this seems backward. Obviously, carrying a heavy ball would make a regular ball feel lighter. Wouldn’t a player be more inclined to fumble a lighter ball? Peterson’s fumbling issues were never because he lacked the strength to hold the ball.
But Solomon Wilcots wrote an explanation on NFL.com:
"Weighted balls are often used to increase muscle memory at all three pressure points — the hand that covers the point of the ball, the opposite end of the ball under the elbow, and the top of the ball against the chest — for greater ball security. It’s impossible to maintain possession of a heavy football if it’s held out and away from the body. The goal is to train the muscles to remember all three pressure points, so that eventually it’s naturally kept high and tight."
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