How to Improve Traction of Basketball Shoes

The last thing you want to have happen when you're driving to the basket or guarding a tough opponent in a basketball game is to lose traction. While the possibilities of injury are evident, even a slight loss of traction can make you miss a shot or blow a defensive assignment. There are steps you can take before and during a game to keep your feet on the floor.

Things You'll Need

  • Broom
  • Water
  • Rosin powder
  • Sticky mat
  • Damp cloth


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      Sweep the floor. Regardless of whether you're playing inside or out, dust and dirt collects quickly on the floor. Most gyms have oversized brooms you can use to do the job quickly, but any broom will do. Sweep in one direction, push the dust and dirt off the court, then sweep in the opposite direction.

    • 2

      Spray the court with water if you're playing outside. Let the court dry, then sweep it again.

    • 3

      Spray or wipe rosin powder on your shoes. Some powders are made specifically for athletic shoes. Opinions vary on the effectiveness of the powders, but they probably are more useful on gymnasium wood floors and less so on concrete and asphalt.

    • 4

      Put down a sticky mat near the court and wipe your feet whenever there's a break in the action. The mats have peel-off sticky sheets that can be replaced when they lose their effectiveness.

    • 5

      Wipe your shoes with a damp cloth from time to time. Regardless of how well you sweep the floor, more dust and dirt will accumulate during play.

    • 6

      Wipe the soles of your shoes with your own sweat while you're on the court. You can do this by running your hand through your hair and wiping your shoes. It's a quick way to get the dust off and apply a little stickiness without leaving the court.

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