Learn more physics!
what size basketball can i make the most free throws with?
- corey (age 12)
You can probably make the most free throws with whatever size
basketball you have the most practice using. When you learn to shoot
for the basket, you become familiar with the size and weight of
whichever ball you're using. So in the future, it will always be easier
for you to use that kind of ball.
In general, there are a lot of factors that play into what kind of
ball would be the easiest to shoot. And many of them will vary
depending on the circumstances. For example, the heavier the ball is,
the easier it will be to aim - because it can't be moved as easily by
things like wind. But that doesn't mean you should use the heaviest
ball possible, because that would be much harder for you to throw. The
physical size of the ball can also matter. If its too big it will be
hard to get it through the hoop, and if it's too small it will be
harder to grip it and aim.
(republished on 07/19/06)
Follow-up on this answer.