Friction is the resistance between two surfaces. Add a little more friction to the ballmakes it easier to dribble, pass, and shoot because it鈥檚 less slippery in your hands. (Have you ever seen a basketball player lick their hands during a game?

• ### How does friction affect the motion of a ball?

• The friction of air (air resistance or 鈥渄rag鈥? can affect a ball鈥檚 motion as well. Usually this is a subtle effect. On the other hand, even a lightweight, highly elastic ball such as a golf ball eventually loses momentum and comes to a stop.

• ### How does elasticity affect the bounce of a basketball?

• The more elastic the collision between the ball and the ground, the higher the ball bounces. You may have noticed that if you dribble a deflated ball, you must exert significantly more force with your hand than if the ball were well-inflated.

• ### How does gravity affect shooting in basketball?

• Shooting. When you shoot a basketball, you exert an upward and forward force in the direction of the net. Gravity exerts a force downward on the ball, causing it to travel in an arc as it approaches the rim. If you snap your wrist at the moment you release the ball, the ball will spin from bottom to top as it moves through the air.

• ### What causes a basketball to spin when you release it?

• Gravity exerts a force downward on the ball, causing it to travel in an arc as it approaches the rim. If you snap your wrist at the moment you release the ball, the ball will spin from bottom to top as it moves through the air.