Best Footballs for Kicking: What are they?
The most common type of football used in sports is called a “bronze” or “nickel.” These are made from pure copper. They have a hardness level between that of steel and aluminum. The reason why these types of footballs are so popular is because they’re inexpensive, easy to find, and don’t break easily when dropped. However, there’s another kind of football commonly known as a “steel” or “brassy,” which are made from a mixture of different metals such as nickel, zinc, bronze, and even brass. Steel footballs are harder than their bronze counterparts but still softer than steel.
Steel footballs are typically used for tackling purposes. You might think that it would be better if you could kick with a hard metal ball rather than one made out of soft stuff like plastic or rubber.
But what happens when you try to do just that?
Well, it turns out that the answer is not good.
What Happens When You Try to Kick With a Hard Metal Ball?
When you attempt to kick a ball made of hard material like steel or brass, your foot gets stuck in the ball. If you keep trying to push through the ball, eventually your foot will get stuck inside the ball and won’t let go no matter how much force you apply. This is referred to as “foot jamming.”
The above photo shows what a “foot jam” looks like. It is a condition that occurs when your foot gets stuck in a hard, smooth ball. The boot forms an airtight seal with the ball because there are no seams or openings for air to escape. This prevents you from kicking the ball and moving it forward.
Another thing that can happen is when you try to kick the football, your foot can slip out of the boot altogether. This is because the smooth surface of the ball allows your foot to slide out of the boot even though the laces are tightened all the way.
What Makes a Football Non-Slip?
Coating the football with a slip-resistant finish can prevent these two potentially dangerous problems from happening. A non-slip finish called ” grabbed texturing” is applied to various parts of the football such as the center, end zones, and trademark. This type of finish reduces the risk of slipping and sliding, which in turn prevents foot jamming.
Grabbed texturing consists of little bumps or nubs that are evenly distributed across the surface of the ball. These raised areas create gaps or spaces between them and the football’s surface. When you try to push the ball forward, these gaps prevent your foot from jamming inside the ball. The result is you will always be able to kick a grabbed-textured football.
What is a Slip-Resistant Finish?
Slip-resistant finishes are sometimes referred to as “grip coatings” or “tackified” finishes. They’re made from liquid compounds that create a surface layer on the football. The most common ingredients in these compounds are plastic, sand, chalk, and rubber. These materials are what give the ball its non-slip properties.
The grabbed-textured finish and the slip-resistant finish work together to prevent foot jamming on a football. They also provide better ball control for the players. This is why you should always ensure that the footballs you use are properly coated with both types of finishes.
The laces of your boots can also help you avoid foot jamming. When kicking, you should always lace your boots all the way up to the top. This prevents your foot from slipping out of the boot when you kick.
Knowing these facts about footballs should help improve your game. Remember, it is better to know more than you need to rather than the other way around!
Did You Know?
The average National Football League ball costs about $45 to make!
The Lighter Side
How many referees does it take to screw in a light bulb?
A. Two. One to hold the bulb and one to turn the banister.
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Which of the following games is NOT an official football game?
Answer Key: 1. B.
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