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How to Increase the Grip Rubber on Court Shoes

Accelerating, stopping and sharply turning require traction between your shoe¡¯s soles and the court. Covering the surface of a basketball court is a slurry of friction-reducing debris including dust, dirt and clothing fibers. As this debris collects on the bottom of your shoes, it creates a film that can lead to a loss of control, with a possible painful result. Avoiding accidents like falling to the court¡¯s surface, or colliding with another player or an inanimate object, requires maintaining traction while you play the game.
Wipe down the soles of your shoes with a clean towel. Clean your shoes every timeout or break to increase traction. Always use a clean portion of the towel, to avoid wiping dirt back on your soles.
Apply a liquid grip enhancer to the soles of your shoes. The application of grip enhancers varies by manufacturer. Most come in a plastic bottle and either have an attached foam roller that dispenses the fluid on the bottom of your shoes or a dabbing brush that dispenses a small amount of enhancer; others have no applicator included and require moistening a towel with the product. Allow the enhancer to dry, if required, before heading back to the court.
Set a stick mat on the court, between your bench and the court¡¯s out-of-bound markings. Keep the non-secured end of the mat sheets facing the court. Step on the mat with both feet before crossing the court markings. Peel the top layer away from the mat¡¯s surface, when you see no clean area remaining on its surface. You will see dull areas on the mat as it pulls debris from the bottoms of your shoes.


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