How To Spin A Basketball On Your Finger

It’s one of those tricks that looks way easier than it really is, right? People seem to be able to do it so carelessly that you grab a basketball and give it a try for yourself. Only the idea that you had in your head doesn’t play out and you drop the ball. Then you think, ah, maybe next time, and you give it another shot. But, it fails again. So, how on earth do you spin a basketball on your finger? Well, give this article a read and you might just be able to accomplish this small yet oddly satisfying goal.

Before You Get Started​

So, we have established that spinning a basketball on your finger is much harder than it looks. But, before we get into the nitty-gritty details on how to do it properly, there are a few things to know beforehand.​

1. Old Ball New Tricks​

old basketball

If you have been attempting to spin a basketball on your finger with a brand new basketball, then put it on the floor and push it away. You won’t be needing that now. Surprisingly, for some, using an old basketball is much easier for finger spinning purposes. In new basketballs, the grips and grooves are much more defined which actually makes it harder to spin. Older or used basketballs are more worn down which enables it to stay in place which is important because, let's be honest, the tip of your finger is hardly a large surface area to work with.​

2. Give Us A Stretch​

Yes, we are being 100 percent serious here. Even a move like spinning a basketball on your finger could cause an injury to your fingers and if you do happen to be a ballplayer, you cannot get a finger injury, like ever. You need those fingers in tip-top condition so give them a stretch before spinning. You don’t need to go into a full-blown warm-up routine. Just spend a few minutes doing some simple stretches. Simple things, like extending and retracting your arms and fingers or locking your hands together and pushing out, will do.​

3. Trim Those Nails​

nail clipper

It seems pretty obvious, right? That’s because it is! You really won’t get very far if you have a long fingernail (or fingernails if you’re planning on spinning from one finger to the other). Giving your nails a trim will again help the ball stay on your finger. If your nail is long, then spinning a basketball on your finger could easily rip the nail off. It's not just a case of losing a fingernail here. it’s more of an injury thing. In case it’s never happened to you before, losing a nail hurts, a lot. Remember what we said earlier? Ballplayers' fingers need to be kept in tip-top shape.​

Tossing The Ball​

Ok, now we are getting to the fun part. The first thing you need to master is tossing the ball. It’s a simple and small toss but it is what gives the basketball the momentum it needs to spin for a while. To make this a little easier we have put together a few steps.​

1. Find Those Grooves​

basketball grooves

Every basketball has grooves, even older and more worn basketballs. Look at the grooves closely and find the spot where they meet. If you follow the grooves with your finger, you will come across a spot where the top of your finger fits in rather nicely. This is the point in which your finger needs to be when spinning the ball. If you try spinning a basketball on your finger without using the grooves, you might be able to get it up for a few seconds but it won’t be long before the ball falls. The grooves give you more control.​

2. Two Hands Before One​

Spinning a basketball on your finger involves tossing the ball. This can be done with one hand or two. For people just learning this trick, it’s probably easier to use two hands at first as you can guide the ball better. Once you have mastered the trick by tossing the ball with two hands, you can practice using just one hand and flicking it up with the wrist.​

3. Ball Placement​

When spinning a basketball, the placement of your arm is quite important. You want the ball to be in line with your face. Do this by holding your arm out in front of you with a relaxed elbow. That way you will have a good visual on the ball.​

4. Hand Placement​

Before you start the toss, you need to have your hands in the right place. The dominant hand, which will be the one that you spin the basketball on, should be at the bottom of the ball. The other hand should be on the side of the ball. For the hand at the bottom of the ball (the dominant hand) make sure that the fingertips are pointing towards you. This helps you toss the ball easier.​

5. The Toss​

basketball toss

Finally, it’s time for the toss. Using the fingers and wrist of your dominant hand twist your hand at a 180-degree angle, leading with the pinky finger. You might find it easier to also use the thumb on your other hand as well. Remember that the motions need to be done at the same time. Before you move on to the next step just practice that toss for a while until it becomes familiar.​

Spinning The Ball​

This is where the magic happens. To get the ball in the right position on your finger, you will need to guide the ball with your fingertips. Just be sure that you don’t apply too much pressure otherwise you will kill the ball’s spin.​

1. Don’t Toss Too High​

Tossing the ball too high is where a lot of people go wrong. It needs to be controlled and light but the basketball does need a good amount of momentum.​

2. Finger Catch​

basketball fingers catch

You know the placement, you know the toss, you understand the height that the ball needs to be. Now, you need to catch the ball on your finger. Keeping your dominant hand close to the ball makes catching it a lot easier.​

3. Spinning The Ball​

As soon as the ball has been tossed, it begins to lose momentum. So, you need to catch it on your finger as soon as you can and then give it more force by lightly pushing it with the other hand. The finger that you are spinning the ball on needs to move with the ball. If you try and keep it in one position then the ball could fall off. If the ball veers to the right then follow it with your finger. Remember not to push the ball too hard, light and gentle taps will be enough to keep it going.​

The most important thing when learning to spin a basketball on your finger is practice. It probably won’t be an instant thing and it will most likely require a lot of patience but, don’t worry, you got this. Before you know it you will be spinning the ball in your sleep​

 

How Big Is A Basketball Court – Some Interesting Facts

Even though the first official game of basketball was played over 100 years ago and there are over a dozen professional basketball leagues around the world (and many more amateurs ones), today, we define basketball court size under 3 main professionally recognized categories.

NBA

NBA is probably the most well-known league in the world. Because of its popularity, it is what most people know which means that most people base their knowledge of basketball according to how it is played in the NBA. The same applies to the knowledge of courts, size, and equipment. So, it seems right that we start with this one. At the NBA level, the basketball court is 94 feet long by 50 feet wide. However, this only takes into account the court itself, as in the area considered in play, and it doesn´t include the adjacent areas. For example, the entire parquet floor should be at least 110 feet long. That extra 6 foot of space is intended for members of the media.

nba court dimensions
Source: NBA.COM
Other NBA court dimension facts:
  • The minimum distance from the sideline must be at least 3 feet.
  • The 3-point line is 23 feet from the center, 22 feet from the corners and 23 feet and 9 inches from the elbow.
  • The straight line on the corner 3-point shot is 14 feet long and the area is just 3 feet wide.
  • The paint area is 12 feet wide.
On A Professional Level

So, we have established that a professional basketball court is 94 feet long by 50 feet wide. Of course, this means that the shape of a court is rectangular. Alongside these measurements, there are a few more which don’t necessarily relate to the sizing of the basketball court itself but they are handy to know.

  • A professional basketball rim should be 0.6 inches thick and 18 inches in diameter
  • At a professional level, the basketball needs to be 30 inches in circumference
  • A basketball should weigh between 20 and 22 ounces
  • A slightly rarer fact is that a basketball can be made from either rubber (most common) or leather
  • For professional games, the basketball has to be either orange in color or brown

FIBA

n regards to FIBA rules, the courts are 91.9 feet long and 49.2 feet wide, slightly smaller in comparison to the NBA.

fiba court dimensions
Source: FIBA.BASKETBALL
Other FIBA court facts:
  • The 3-point line is 22.14 feet long from the center

NCAA

At a college level, a basketball court has the same dimensions as the NBA. So, there aren´t any differences here in terms of the court size. This is largely because of the age group of college students. By this point in their lives, they have developed into adults and their bodies can cope with playing on a full-sized court. It’s probably another reason why college basketball is taken so seriously and really a time when college players can compare themselves to the pros.

ncca court dimension
Source: Mapplefloor.org

How About At A More Amateur Level?

When talking about an outdoor basketball court and what dimension it should be, it all depends on the available space. There isn´t any official ruling on this. People have the flexibility to use any dimensions that best suit their needs and preferences. But, with very few exceptions, amateur courts, and particularly outdoor courts, resemble a professional basketball court dimensions. Especially, when referring to parks or indoor gyms.

What About Indoor Courts?

This is often also the case for in-house indoor basketball courts. In this situation, the most critical factor is the available space which is why we often see in-house indoor basketball courts without the appropriate dimensions. It just doesn´t matter. What does matter, though, is to get the game going and to push your limits and abilities.

indoor basketball court

In fact, we often see in-house basketball courts to be just half-courts without even a 3-point line. This is partly due to space and partly because a full-sized court just wouldn’t get the use that it deserves. Let’s face it, if you had a full-sized NBA style basketball court in your home, how often would you be able to get enough people together to play a legitimate game of basketball? Sure, at first you would have plenty of visitors but, eventually, things come up and you’re playing with just a few players. When this happens, it is unlikely that you will have enough energy to use the full length of the court.

Also, when playing indoors we don´t have to worry about setting aside any space for an audience or media members.

Some Interesting Facts And History Of The Basketball Court

You may have heard them before or it might be the first time; either way, here are some fun facts and history about the basketball court.

  • Back in December 1891, the first basketball hoops were used, just not in the form of a hoop. Instead, Dr. James Naismith nailed peach baskets to a 10-foot high rack. Game officials retrieved the ball after every shot.
  • The half-court shot isn’t 47 feet as you may have thought. It is actually 43 feet as the backboard protrudes by about 4 feet. In high school basketball, it would be 38 feet.
  • The first-ever ball to be used as a basketball was actually a soccer ball.
  • The iconic orange basketball that we all know and love wasn’t actually introduced until the 1950s.
  • The first official basketball game that was played was on a court half the size of the ones we are familiar with today which was in 1892.
  • A warm basketball is actually bouncier than a cold one. Surprisingly, this is due to the warm molecules moving at a higher speed.

Little changes in terms of the size of a basketball court these days and if it does, then it will be a long process. There will be many, many hoops to jump through before any sizing changes, and we mean that quite literally.

Standard Basketball Court Size

basketball court image

When it comes to basketball court dimensions, there are a variety of factors to consider. The length, width, and layout can change depending on the type of court it is and at what level it is designed for. The different types of basketball courts include:

  • NBA (American) Professional Basketball Court
  • Men’s College Basketball Court
  • Women’s College Basketball Court
  • High School Basketball Court

NBA (American) Professional Basketball Court

The court size for the professional National Basketball Association courts is 94 feet in length and 50 feet in width. The foul line is located 18 feet and 10 inches away from the baseline. The distance of the foul line measures 15 feet from the front of the backboard to where the free throw line is. This is the same measurement for all basketball courts. The key (or lane) is 16 feet in width. To properly form the key lines, the half circle arc leads out from the foul line and from the basketball goal (the backboard is 4 feet away from the baseline). The arc of the court (3 point line) is 22 feet starting from either side of the rim’s center and has a straight line going out 16 feet and 9 inches away from the baseline. The line continues to go out for 23 feet and 9 inches from the rim’s center. The restricted arc is located underneath the basket and has a radius of 4 feet from the basket’s center. It is semicircular in shape as well.

Men’s College Basketball Court

The overall size of the basketball court surface for a men’s college is like the professional court, it is 94 feet in length and 50 feet in width. The foul line is also the same, as it is with all basketball courts. The distance of the foul line measures 15 feet from the front of the backboard to where the foul line is and it is 18 feet and 10 inches away from the baseline. The key/lane is 12 feet in width and half circle that goes from the baseline to the foul line is 6 feet. Again, the backboard is positioned 4 feet over the baseline and is within the key. The 3 point line/arc is also slightly smaller at 20 feet and 9 inches. The restricted arc has a radius of 3 feet that is calculated from the center of the basketball hoop.

Women’s College Basketball Court

Once again, the official length and width of the entire basketball court surface is 94 feet in length and 50 feet in width. The foul line is 15 feet away from the front of the backboard and is 18 feet and 10 inches away from the baseline. The key/lane is 12 feet in width and the half circle arc is 6 feet. The 3 point line/arc is 20 feet and 9 inches and the straight line that extends out of it is 5 feet and 3 inches away from the baseline. The restricted arc is the same as the Men’s College court and is 3 feet in radius from the basket’s center.

High School Basketball Court

High school basketball courts are generally a bit smaller than the rest. The overall size of the court is 84 feet in length and 50 feet in width. The foul line is the same as the others, it extends 15 feet away from the face of the backboard and is 18 feet and 10 inches away from the baseline. The key/lane is 12 feet in width and has the exact same measurements as the college level basketball courts, with the half circle arc being 6 feet. The 3 point line/arc is 19 feet and 9 inches with the straight line going from the baseline to the arc by 5 feet and 3 inches.

Other Measurements

The court size of Junior high school basketball game courts are even smaller to accommodate the age group, measuring in at 74 feet in length and 42 feet in width.

The sizes of the backboards and rims on the basketball goal are the same no matter what. The backboards are 6 feet in width and 42 inches in height. The diameter of the basketball rim is 18 inches. The hoop is 10 feet above the floor, being measured from the top of the rim. The square on the inner part of the backboard is 24 inches in width and 18 inches in height. Also, all the markings on the court’s floor are two inches wide with no specific color assigned to them.

The Significance of Basketball

Basketball was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith in the efforts to find a suitable indoor activity to play throughout the colder months in the United States. It has since become one of the most popular and beloved sports in history. Basketball today is a sport enjoyed by all people from all walks of life. However, it was not until 1893 that women’s basketball first began when gymnastic teacher, Sandra Berenson, introduced it to her female college students. It was only in 1971 that women were allowed to play full court, and it was as late as 1995 in some states that females could play full court on a high school level.

significance of basketball image

The rise of basketball in other countries began during the first World War, but was quickly spread throughout many countries after it was introduced as an official Olympic event in the 1936 Berlin Games (Dr. James Naismith attended the Berlin Games). Today the game is played by millions in several countries. The top ten countries that basketball has been popularized in according to topendsports.com are:

  • United States
  • Philippines
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Iraq
  • Mongolia
  • Lebanon
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • New Zealand

Although the United States harbours the most love for basketball, it has truly received a welcome from countries in all corners of the globe. Many of these countries have developed their own basketball leagues as well. Some of the top basketball leagues in the world, besides the NBA in the United States according to allaboutbasketball.com are:

  • Argentina; LNB; Liga Nacional de Basquet
  • Australia; NBL; National Basketball League
  • Canada; NBL Canada; National Basketball League of Canada
  • Mexico; LNBP; Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional
  • Lebanon; BANKMED FLB League

Basketball is truly a powerful sport with the ability to draw people together for the love of the game in several different types of cultures and societies.

What’s the Best Indoor Outdoor Basketball?

If you play hoops both indoors and outdoors, you have a good reason to keep on reading this article as it will provide you with the assistance that is needed to be assured of buying nothing but the best. The different brands and models of the best indoor outdoor basketball that will be identified have received words of praises in many reviews in the past, which can provide you with the guarantee of being able to achieve the highest level of satisfaction.

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Best Indoor Outdoor Basketball 2016 Comparison Chart & Reviews

Model

Size

Material

Our Rating

Review

Spalding NBA Zi/O EXCEL Indoor/Outdoor Composite Basketball

Spalding NBA Zi/O EXCEL

 

6, 7

Composite Leather

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Spalding Rookie Gear Indoor Outdoor Composite 27.5 Youth Basketball

Spalding Rookie Gear

 

5

Composite Leather

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InfoMotion Sports 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball

InfoMotion Sports 94Fifty

6, 7

Synthetic Leather

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Wilson NCAA Solution Game Ball Basketball

Wilson NCAA Replica

6, 7

Composite

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Wilson NCAA Wave Microfiber Composite Basketball

Wilson NCAA Wave

 

7

Microfiber Composite

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Spalding Rookie Gear Indoor/Outdoor Composite 27.5 Youth Basketball

Spalding NBA Zi/O EXCEL Indoor/Outdoor Composite Basketball

If you are a hardcore basketball player or if you play in professional leagues, this can prove to be the perfect choice for you, especially because it is the official ball that is also used in NBA and WNBA games. This means that the ball also meets the size and specifications of the NBA.

Among other things, the Zi/O composite leather construction of its cover is one thing that sets it apart from products made by other manufacturers. For many, this is beneficial because it makes you feel having two balls in one. Its durability is also unmatched, making it perfect for long-term use. Nonetheless, while it is tough on the outside, it is also soft enough to provide users with a tacky feel.

The foam-backed design of the ball is another thing that should be mentioned to convince those who are thinking of whether or not to purchase this specific model. The main benefit that can be enjoyed from this design is that it delivers superior grip. This will ensure that the ball will never slip out of your hand, especially when you are dribbling or trying to keep it away from other players.

Pros
 
  • Being durable even if it has been used for several years already
  • Having a soft and excellent feel, making it dubbed by many as “a shooter’s basketball
  • ​Having a reasonable price tag
  • Having professional weight and size that makes it perfect for leagues and tournaments
Cons
 
  • The big label that is found in the surface of the ball
  • It quickly loses air
  • There were also problems reported about pumping air into the ball, such having broken valve afterwards

Spalding Rookie Gear Indoor/Outdoor Composite Youth

Spalding Rookie Gear Indoor Outdoor Composite 27.5 Youth Basketball

This is one of the best choices that can be considered by younger players since it is made with the needs of kids in mind. Since it is made for youth, keep in mind as well that this is perfect only for recreational play. Spalding, being a trusted name in the product, promises to deliver the same superior quality that is found in their other basketballs, including those that are used in the NBA.

One thing that makes it different from the standard models that are found in the marketplace is its weight. It is 25% lighter, which basically allows such to be easily handled by kids. Specifically, it is made for those who are 8 years or younger. Parents should consider getting this for their kids if you want them to learn the sport as early as possible.

Even if it is intended to be used by kids, the quality remains to be high. One thing that can prove this is the composite leather cover that makes the ball soft. This also makes the ball durable enough for it to withstand even outdoor use. For sure, the younger generation of basketball players will be able to have a good time in its use and will allow them to improve on a variety of basketball techniques that they should learn while they are still young.

What People Liked
 
  • Being available in a variety of colors to provide users with the chance to choose what suits their preferences
  • Size and weight perfect for kids
  • It offers great grip for easier handling by kids
What People Disliked
 
  • It looks quite different from the way it is advertised, such as from the pictures found online
  • Air retention capability is quite inferior

InfoMotion Sports 94Fifty Smart Sensor

InfoMotion Sports 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball

If budget is not an issue, this is an option that should be on the top of your list. While its expensive price tag has discouraged many from buying such, it made the basketball attractive for others because of the belief that its hefty price is compensated with superior quality. People who should buy this include coaches as well, as it is replete in terms of technologies that will measure a player’s performance in the basketball court.

One feature that made this a popular choice is the embedded sensor in the ball, making it the first of its kind. With the sensor, it will be possible to measure the skills that are shown by the players. Aside from such measurement, the information is also conveyed wirelessly through smartphones and analyzed in order to see how one can deliver improved performance. Aside from being made available visually, the feedback can also be accessed through an audio format, making it easier for you to learn how to better in your game.

This ball features as shot arc analyzer that will let you know the right arc position for getting that ideal shot. The shot release speed timer, on the other hand, will improve your speed to allow you to score more during a game. It also has shot backspin analyzer and dribble power meter. Once the battery is drained, you simply need to have the ball placed at the top of the charging base and it will recharge automatically.

Pros
 
  • Replete in terms of innovative features to measure one’s performance
  • Easy to use in spite of being advanced
  • Feedback is provided in real time
Cons
 
  • Expensive selling price
  • Problems with Bluetooth connectivity

Wilson NCAA Replica Game Basketball

Wilson NCAA Replica Game Basketball

This is another ball that should be considered if it is intended to be used by younger players. This has met all of the NCAA requirements, which means that it will provide some serious playtime for its users.

Among other things, the ability of the basketball to absorb moisture is one thing that has captivated the attention of many people. As you are playing the basketball, it is inevitable that your hand gets wet from sweat. Fortunately, this basketball from Wilson is designed in such a way that it can wick moisture. Therefore, the ball will stay dry all throughout and you will not have problems of having it slipped out of your hand and being out of control.

The composite leather construction of this ball also makes it provide the best value for your money. This kind of leather, which is used in other balls as well, is known for its durability. You do not have to worry about using the ball even on the outdoors or in rough surfaces. From the way that it is constructed, it is very easy to tell that it is meant to be beneficial in terms of longevity.

When choosing a basketball, many are also concerned about how it feels like in their hands. This ball has a tacky feel, which is also noted as one of its biggest benefits. This will allow you to have better control of the ball.

What People Liked
 
  • Being an NCAA game ball replica, it allows one to enjoy high quality features
  • Ability to rebound well in various types of surfaces
  • Solid grip
What People Disliked
 
  • Having channels that are too big or wide
  • The feel is quite too synthetic

Wilson NCAA Wave Microfiber Composite

Wilson NCAA Wave Microfiber Composite Basketball

The brand name in itself is already sufficient reason for you to consider this model above other alternatives that you can be possibly confronted with. This is a revolutionary model that features some of the most advanced technologies in the product category.

One feature that deserves to be highlighted about this model is the Wave Triple Threat Technology. This innovation is exclusive to the manufacturer and is known for its ability to maximize playing performance of any user. This leads into having three times more grooves than those that are found in traditional models. This leads into having greater surface area and better leverage points. Shooting, passing, and dribbling, among others, will surely be enhanced with this technology.

This model is also considered to be the best indoor outdoor basketball because of the Cushion Core Technology, which is another patented feature. This makes use of both low-density sponge rubber and sturdy butyl rubber. The result is not only a ball that is exceptional in terms of durability, but also in terms of feel and texture.

The presence of Aqua Grip laid-in channels is another thing that will convince you to consider purchasing this basketball. This is as a replacement to the traditional rubber and known for being able to increase grip.

The solid construction of this basketball also makes it create a name that echoes high quality. This is very much different from other models that might ask for replacement within a short period of time. For sure, even if you play a tough game, this product will remain in its best state for the years to come.

Pros
 
  • Excellent grip and feel
  • Durable construction
  • Reasonable price tag
Cons
 
  • Inferior bouncing even when inflated with the right pressure
  • Issues with valve mishaps

Conclusion

The five models that have been mentioned above are some of the choices that should be checked in your search for the best indoor outdoor basketball. There is no definite recommendation when it comes to what can most probably prove to be the best in this product category as there are different considerations that can influence your decision. Your budget, for instance, will play a major role for you to tell which one is the most suited for you. The pros and the cons that have been stated above will make it a lot easier for you to weight the alternatives that are present.

At the end of the day, the ball that you choose will play a big part on how you will perform inside the basketball court. If you want to end up looking like a loser, you can settle with options marked with mediocrity. On the other hand, if you want to appear like your favorite basketball superstars, consider any of the five choices that have been mentioned earlier.

P/s: Check out our other reviews to find the best portable basketball hoop, best basketball shoes and other basketball stuff.

Last Updated: May 01.

 

What’s the Best Outdoor Basketball?

West 4th Street basketball

Last Updated: May 01. Playing basketball outdoors is definitely different from playing indoors. The material of the court is rougher and the environment is way different from indoors. There are elements you won’t be able to control. That being said, you will need to have the best outdoor basketball when playing out of the regular courts. Here is a comprehensive shopping guide to help you out.

Top 5 Outdoor Basketball 2016 Comparison Chart & Reviews

Spalding NBA Street Review

Spalding NBA Street Basketball

Spalding is one of the premium sports brands in the market today. The reason why we love Spalding so much is because it makes first rate products for a lesser price. The Spalding NBA Street Basketball has a deep channel that gives a pebbled feel whenever you grip the ball. Grip is very important when it comes to playing outdoors because the terrain changes from time to time. This ball can last for years without losing its original bounce and grip.

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This ball can perform more than other outdoor basketballs out there. The material used is of top quality just like other Spalding sports materials. You can play this on the driveway, at a covered court or anywhere in the street and it will still perform great. The wide design channel is what makes it so easy to handle. You can easily find this ball online or in sports stores because of its high demand.

Pros
  • It’s super affordable compared to other basketballs.
  • It is surprisingly durable, too.
  • The great rubber feel is great for outdoors like we’ve mentione.
  • And it has the NBA logo that makes it stylish and professional looking.
  • You can easily inflate it as well.
Cons
  • Sometimes the bounce might be too high for some players. Hands that are used to indoor basketballs might need some getting used to with this rough one.
  • Lastly, it requires inflation more than other balls.

Spalding NBA Replica Review

Spalding NBA Replica Rubber Outdoor Basketball

Now if you’re looking for a great outdoor basketball but you’re quite tight on the budget, then you must purchase the Spalding NBA Replica Outdoor Basketball. The surface is made of mimic leather or leatherette as others would like to call it and is actually pretty good because it still gives that rubbery touch as the original. It also features the wide channel design and superior grip and feel.

The one thing we noticed about the Spalding NBA Replica Rubber Outdoor Basketball is that you don’ really need to inflate it every now and then. Not like other basketballs that need to be inflated at least every 5 months. The material used is very much like the real thing. Moreover, someone can pass you the ball and you can do a lay-up straight ahead without the ball falling from your hand. It is very easy to handle indeed. It still has the NBA logo that we all love plus the signature of David Stern thus, you will still feel like a professional playing with it.

 Pros
  • It looks like the genuine thing. There is not much air needed.
  • It’s pretty durable given that it can be bought for such a low price and it helps you practice ball handling great.
  • It does not need to be inflated every now and then.
  • It’s unbelievably affordable.
Cons
  • Well, it’s still not the real deal and you will always prefer the original over this one.
  • Don’t expect it to last that long especially if you play way too much outdoor basketball.
  • This is not the ball for people with smaller hands

Spalding 73-132 Pink & Purple NBA Street Review

Spalding 73-132 Pink & Purple NBA Street Basketball

Not your regular basketball at all. The Spalding 73-132 Pink & Purple NBA Street Basketball is in a different color, obviously. It has a performance outdoor cover and a wide channel design for the great grip you want. And most of all, it’s designed for that rough competitive street play.

Pink and purple is not the contemporary basketball color but guess what, the girls love it and they want more of it! This is one of the best outdoor basketballs that are being sold out because girls just love them so much. In contrary to popular belief, there are a lot of women in different age brackets that are actually very passionate about the sport.

 Pros
  • It’s what lady aspiring basketball players call as “cute” because of its color. It is perfect for females of any age.
  • In fact, we believe this ball is manufactured for women, obviously, again. It’s great for indoor basketball, too.
Cons
  • This ball will deflate from time to time.
  • It does not have premium bounce. It won’t last that long. In fact, if you don’t take good care of it, you are pretty much wasting your cash.
  • We know it says outdoors but you have to be really careful where you choose to play the game. Rough terrains may be too much and might wear it out.

Spalding NBA Cross Traxxion Review

Spalding NBA Cross Traxxion Outdoor Rubber Basketball

This outdoor basketball is also available in pink and purple just like the previous one. It has a performance rubber cover and has a Patented 2-panel trend design. It looks quite dainty but Spalding ensures that this basketball is made for the outdoors. It also has the same size and weight as the official NBA ball.

Pros
  • It has high quality for a very cheap price.
  • This is a family basketball that is great for recreational play.
Cons
  • There is a report in inconsistency.
  • Some of the manufactured balls need to be pumped from time to time while some don’t.
 

Wilson NCAA Wave Review

Wilson NCAA Wave Microfiber Composite Basketball

The Wilson NCAA Wave Microfiber Composite Basketball has a Wave Triple Threat Technology that incorporates 24 additional T3 grooves that allow better ball control in the hard court. These grooves also help in making sure that dirt does not build up that much. This ball can be used indoors and outdoors.

Pros
  • It bounces perfectly and feels great on the court.
  • It has a very powerful grip.
  • Not to mention, this basketball from Wilson is very stylish.
Cons
  • This ball cannot take a beating.
  • If you use it for 2 weeks straight, you will start to notice a little bit of wear and tear.
  • It is not the most durable outdoor basketball at all.

Your Turn

The best outdoor basketball that is perfect for your outdoor court is definitely one those 5 listed above. We put together this list based on several factors such as grip, material used, endurance and the like. Those key indicators are what is most important to remember when buying a basketball.

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Best Indoor Basketball: Top 5 Choices

The different brands and models of the best indoor basketball that will be identified have been given words of praises by many of its users, including professional players. Simply put, this can provide you with the assurance that choosing them will be a decision that will not make you frustrated in the years that the basketball will be used. Do not make things harder by going from one store to another trying to look for what can most probably prove to be the perfect choice. By simply reading this article, you can create a shortlist of some of the best choices that are currently available in the marketplace.

Model

Size

Material

Our Rating

Review

Wilson NCAA Solution Game Ball Basketball

Wilson NCAA Solution Game

6, 7

Composite

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Molten BGG Basketball Series

Molten BGG Basketball

6, 7

Composite Leather

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Spalding NBA Official Game Ball Basketball

Spalding NBA Official Game

7

Leather

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Wilson Evolution Game Ball Basketball

Wilson Evolution Game Ball

6, 7

Microfiber Composite Leather

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Spalding NBA Replica Rubber Outdoor Basketball

Spalding TF-1000 Legacy

5, 6, 7

Microfiber PU Composite

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Wilson Evolution Basketball Review

Wilson Evolution Game Ball Basketball

If you are looking for ball that can prove to be the perfect choice for intermediate players, there is no doubt that this will prove to be an option that will not lead into regrets. This is also approved by the NCAA and NFHS, which is another reason on why it remains to be a favorite amongst many people.

This ball is abundant in terms of technologies that make it a cut above all others. One of the most innovative features found in this ball is known as the Cushion Core Technology, which has been exclusively developed by the manufacturer. This technology uses a mixture of butyl and sponge rubber that makes it possible to deliver better bounce and feel.

This ball is covered with microfiber composite leather that is beneficial in terms of grip. This will allow you to have optimal control of the ball. You will surely not have any problems in holding and dribbling such because of the enhanced grip that it can offer.

Upon reading the reviews that have been shared by those who have already used this ball in the past, you will easily understand why words of praises have been expressed about such. Many users were able to find delight with the fact that it is unmatched when it comes to durability, which means that you can expect such to be still functional after many years of use. More so, it is also often commended for its ability to retain air and hence, to keep it bouncing as anticipated. Lastly, it is made from materials of superior quality that are promising in terms of helping you win your next basketball game.

Wilson NCAA Solution Basketball Review

Wilson NCAA Solution Game Ball Basketball

I am sure that you all know how indoor basketballs are different from each other. Making the right choice will be much easier if you consider this model from Wilson, which also happens to be the official ball that is used in men and women’s tournaments in the NCAA. This will give you the confidence that it is one of the best you will ever find.

Just like in the model of basketball that has been mentioned above, this features the Cushion Core Technology that improves how it feels like to hold the ball when playing. Aside from such, it also comes with Aqua Grip laid-in channels. This is another feature that is exclusive to the manufacturer. This is a huge improvement from the traditional rubber that is seen in their older models and better in the sense that it promises better grip.

The moisture-absorbing cover of this ball is one more thing that many people liked. One of the benefits of having this kind of cover is that it keeps the ball dry while it is in your hand. Playing basketball causes us to sweat and can sometimes affect that way our hands take control of the ball. Luckily, the cover of this basketball from Wilson has moisture-wicking properties that will not allow sweating to affect the way you dribble, hold, pass, and shoot.

If you go online and see what other people have to say about this basketball, you will end up with a decision to have it purchased. This is basically because that almost all of the feedbacks were positive, proving how this is a purchase that you will surely love. From the way it feels like to its durability, words of commendations have been abundant.

Molten BGG Basketball Review

Molten BGG Basketball Series

Experienced players will surely not settle for just any ball. Their choice would be one that is superior in terms of quality. Those with discerning preferences will definitely be happy with this model from Molten, which is also officially recognized by FIBA. Aside from FIBA, it is also used in other popular basketball leagues, such as in the case of the British Basketball League, among others.

Among others, the 12-panel design of this ball is one feature that deserves to be given emphasis. This is an innovative design technology that has put Molten amongst the best brands in the marketplace. Many of the basketballs available today have the traditional 8-panel design. Since this basketball has a 12-panel design, it means that there are more seams. In turn, having more seams would mean having better fingertip control and enhanced playability.

The Dual Cushion Technology is another feature that should not be missed. Some of the basketballs that you can find today only have sponge padding that is located in the exterior seams. In the case of this model, however, since it has Dual Cushion Technology, the sponge padding is integrated not only on the exterior panels, but also on the rubber seams. The outcome of this technology is that the ball feels softer while making sure that rebound speed is maintained. Controlling the ball will be very easy with this technology.

If you are tired of using balls that are hard to control and that makes you lose passion about the sport, it may be about time that you switch to this model from Molten. The feedbacks were nothing but positive, which can provide you with the confidence that choosing this is a decision that you will forever be grateful of.

Spalding TF-1000 Legacy Indoor Basketball Review

Competitive indoor plays deserve nothing but the best ball, just like this model from Spalding. Being a top choice among college and high school players, this is one of the most-praised models that you can be confronted with when trying to look for the best indoor basketball.

With the use of ZK microfiber composite leather on its cover, this is one ball that will surely not disappoint. This provides an unparalleled playing experience, which is generally characterized by having soft touch, which is surely what every player wants with a ball. To add, this cover is also the one that is attributed for its durability. This means that even after several years of using the ball for indoor play, it will still remain functional and of good quality, unlike in the case of other balls that deteriorate easily.

It also comes with a responsive center core, which is another feature that is being raved about in the reviews about the product. This allows the delivery of true rebound and making the ball bounce better, which can be achieved in the absence of compensating its durability.

When it comes to moisture management, this basketball will also prove to be a superstar within the product category. Since it can wick moisture, your hand will stay dry as you play. Hence, your control will be optimal and you can hold the ball better. This makes it perfect for players with sweaty hands, which is often the case in basketball.

Structural integrity and air retention were also noted as other reasons on why people chose this ball. It comes with a well-though design that makes it unmatched and that will make sure of its ability to provide the best bang for the buck.

Spalding NBA Official Basketball Review

Spalding NBA Official Game Ball Basketball

This is recognized as the official game ball of the NBA, which is already sufficient reason for you to believe that choosing this will be a good decision. Embedded with the NBA logo, it will allow you to play like your favorite superstars in the league since you are using the same ball. Being used by the league since 1983, this ball has withstood the test of time, and most importantly, of competition amongst other basketball manufacturers.

One thing that has attracted many about this basketball is its full-grain leather cover. This means that it has top quality, which justifies why it is used in the NBA. Full-grain leather is the perfect choice for indoor basketball while those that are used for indoor and outdoor play are made from synthetic leather and rubber. Full-grain leather also ensures that the ball will last for years, even if it is frequently used, as long as playing is done indoors.

With the use of this basketball, you can expect improved performance, which is very important in professional leagues. It delivers and enhanced feel that will make it possible to have a better control of the ball. You can dribble the ball with confidence and be assured of being able to score a goal.

If you ask others why this ball is their preferred choice, one of the most common responses would be because it is officially recognized by the NBA. Aside from such, the materials were also highlighted, especially because of their durability. However, do not be surprised as there are also some negative feedbacks about this ball, especially those citing that it feels and looks cheap.

Your Turn

Without a doubt, looking for the best basketball is no easy feat. The amalgam of the choices that you will be confronted with will make it challenging for you to arrive at a well-informed decision. Fortunately, this article has provided a quick view of five of the best models that can be taken into consideration. Remember, however, that these are mere suggestions and you can still consider doing further research to verify the claims that have been made and to see what other people have to say. These suggestions, nonetheless, were supported by positive feedbacks from those who have personally held their hands in the basketballs that have been previously mentioned.

No good game of shooting hoops can be achieved without the right ball. This makes it critical to spend some time in evaluating the possibilities before you make any final choice. It will be good if you can conduct your own research and ask around for recommendations. If you know basketball coaches and players from various leagues, you can ask for their opinions as well as they are in better position to tell which ones are the best. Do not be tempted by price alone, as being cheap does not necessarily mean being the best.

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Best Basketball for the Optimum Gaming Experience

Best BasketballBasketball is one of the most popular sports in the whole world. Every boy dreams to be in the NBA. Some people outgrow that dream while some find themselves pursuing that path. In that desire, the first thing they go shopping for is the best basketball that they can use for practice and to improve their shooting skills.  Here is a list of our favorite basketballs that you should definitely consider buying.

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Top Rated Basketball Comparison Chart for 2016

 Wilson Evolution Game Ball Basketball
Wilson Evolution Game Ball
Spalding NBA Street Basketball
Spalding NBA Street
Spalding NBA Zi/O EXCEL Indoor/Outdoor Composite Basketball
Spalding NBA Zi/O EXCEL
InfoMotion Sports 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball
InfoMotion Sports 94Fifty
Our Rating4.7 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4 out of 5 stars4.4 out of 5 stars
Price$$$$$$$$$
Size6, 76, 76, 76, 7
CourtIndoorOutdoorIndoor/OutdoorIndoor/Outdoor
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Wilson Evolution Game Ball – Best Indoor Basketball

Wilson Evolution Game Ball BasketballThis is the highest selling high school basketball. Players in the NCAA also use this all the time. There are lots of basketballs sold just like this but this particular one is the best for indoor courts such as wooden floors. It’s a generally great basketball. It has a good and soft grip because it is made of microfiber composite leather cover with composite laid channels that you can clearly see if you look close up on the ball.

The patented aqua grip laid in channels makes the grip on this ball even better. This ball is made of patented cushion core technology that combines low density sponge rubber and ultra-durable butyl rubber. The weight is perfect at 1. 4 pounds and it is available in 2 sizes: 29 ½” for official and 28 ½ for intermediate. Our first best basketball choice is worth every penny.

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Spalding NBA Street – Best Outdoor Basketball

Spalding NBA Street BasketballThe Spalding NBA Street Basketball is tailored for outdoors. And the things you need to consider most when buying an outdoor basketball is the balance, durability and grip. Spalding is known to rank high for those key indicators. The grim is nice and firm because of the deep channels embedded on the ball, the pebbled finish of the ball makes it very great in the hard court no matter what the material of the floor is and the bounce is great as well.

The main material used for the Spalding NBA Street Basketball is an ultra-durable, performance rubber cover. And we cannot just ignore the fact that the NBA logo is outlined in gold on the ball – that adds the style you want in the street indeed. This is one long lasting ball that you should really invest in if you love playing outdoor basketball.

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Spalding NBA Zi/O EXCEL – Best Indoor/Outdoor Basketball

Spalding NBA Zi/O EXCEL Indoor/Outdoor Composite BasketballIf you are looking for the best basketball for indoor and outdoor gaming, your go to product is the Spalding NBA Zi/O EXCEL. It is made of composite leather and just like other Spalding basketballs; it is also uses a deep channel design for better dribble control. You can easily handle the ball in any court because of the foam backing under the full ball pebbling design.

This is the perfect ball to practice with if you want to improve your lay ups and dunks. It can last for up to 5 years without any wear or tear so you can be sure that it’s worth every penny even if it costs more than other basketballs out there. You’d find it very nice to handle in the court as well because of it bounces really high.

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InfoMotion Sports 94Fifty – Best Smart Sensor Basketball for Improving Skills

InfoMotion Sports 94Fifty Smart Sensor BasketballFor those of you ballers out there who deeply look into the science of a basketball when deciding which one to buy, the InfoMotion Sports 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball should be on top of your list. If you are new to the basketball scene, you need to know that playing this game requires consistent precision. A perfect shot is not composed of the skill alone. The perfect shot comes from the right amount of arc, backspin and the perfect timing of quick release. But this kind of science is pretty difficult to attain if you don’t have a smart ball. And the InfoMotion Sports 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball is the top choice of Basketball Coaches because it helps do just that.

Every shot you do, you get the feedback you need and the suggested adjustments on how to improve it. The 94fifty app serves as your personal digital coach and is surprisingly fast. It’s about 100 millisecond speed from the actual shot to giving results to visual display. It will display everything you need – force, spin, acceleration, you name it, the app shows it.

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How to Find the Best Basketball for You?

When you are new to the game, it seems like every basketball is just the same. But if you base it on our list above, every basketball is actually different from one another – the material used, weight, size, the foaming on the inside, the purpose, the grip and so on and so forth. The list just goes on and on when it comes to basketballs. To help you out, here is a guide to buying the best basketball that is perfect for you.

  • Age

There are many sizes of basketballs from those that can be used by kids to those that can be used officially in the NBA. The age of the player is very important when it comes to deciding what basketball to buy. The most widely bought size is size 5 and 7. Size 7 is a full size ball that is used for adolescent to professional basketball. If the player is a child below 12 years old, then he is better off with size 5. For female basketball players, size 6 is the preferable basketball.

 SIZECIRCUMFERENCE (in)WEIGHT (oz)
MEN’S729 1/2
30
20
22
WOMEN’S628 1/2
29
18
20
YOUTH527
28
16
18
MINI322
22 1/2
12
14

As mentioned above, there are basketballs for the indoor court while there are those for the outdoor court. There are also basketballs that are cleverly designed for both indoor and outdoor courts. If you take a basketball for outdoors and one for indoors, you will be able to feel that the outdoor basketball is a bit more rough or heavy while the indoor basketball is a lighter and softer or smoother. The reason behind this is because the outdoor basketball needs to be more durable given the wear and tear it could get from outdoor courts.

  • Materials

Historically speaking, basketballs used to be made out of pure leather. While leather is a great basketball material, manufacturers slowly started to use composite materials because people were starting to play basketball a little bit rougher than usual. But more importantly, the material plays a big role when it comes to ball handling. You don’t want your hands to become painful especially when you dribble a lot. There are also instances when players have slippery and sweaty hands that the basketball slips. Though there is no perfect material made for these conditions, what you could do is to buy power grip gels that you could apply before playing.

  • Pricing

Basically, there are really cheap basketballs and there are really expensive ones. Children who are just starting to spark their interest in basketball don’t have the money to buy the best basketball yet. But, they can go for cheaper ones made by trusted companies like Spalding. They can even go for replicas if they can find one that fits their budget. Honestly, you can get a small sized basketball for less than 10 dollars if you really search profusely. If you’re planning to go pro and you want to invest on the best basketball to improve your skills, then smart basketballs are for you. They cost somewhere from 100 to 300 dollars but are totally worth every penny because of its structured way of recording your every shot.

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Your Turn

And there you go! We hope we helped a lot in your search for the best basketball. There are other basketballs out there but the ones listed on this page are the cream of the crop.

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