On October 12, 2021

Basketball Surface Factors: Traction and Ball Interaction

Compared to the options available in previous generations, today’s basketball players have a huge selection of court and flooring options available to them. New technologies, including synthetic surfaces, have created a whole realm of court options that didn’t exist in the past, and there are several important factors to be evaluating when considering the surface of your new court.

At Courts Unlimited, we’re proud to offer the very best residential and commercial basketball court options, utilizing our specialized Deco Color MP acrylic surfacing material with non-skid, texturized flooring that can be customized in any way you desire it. Our courts offer fantastic shock absorption and ball control, bringing you a fantastic playing experience while also limiting the stress placed on your body while playing over the years.

What are some of the important factors to consider when choosing the ideal surface for your new court? This two-part blog series will go over several themes.


Basketball is one of the single games that involves the most stopping, starting and various forms of acceleration and deceleration. The traction of your basketball court is essential for the safety of you and your teammates. Many basketball beginners will play on surfaces such as asphalt or concrete, but these can be dangerous and result in injuries over time — and worse yet, will often tear up your quality basketball shoes in no time.

Luckily, there are many fantastic options available to players today that provide not only a safe experience, but also a sure grip on the basketball itself. While traditional hardwood courts can offer great traction if they’re maintained well, this maintenance is often significant — and many prefer the durability and shock absorption that a high-quality synthetic material can provide.

Synthetic surfaces often feature “texture” designed to enhance the traction qualities of the surface, making it easier to move without risking slips or falls. This also limits the strain on various joints and muscles for those concerned about physical health.

Basketball and Surface Interaction

Also vital for any basketball player, from amateurs up to pros, is the way the ball interacts with your court surface. If you can’t predict how the ball is going to react, you won’t be able to control it as well as you need to — leading to fewer wins and lower chances of taking home a championship trophy.

While hardwood courts have been traditionally used in basketball, new technology has led to a range of new options that offer varying levels of “give” and other characteristics that affect the way a basketball bounces. Synthetics, for example, can often be customized to provide more of a “trampoline” feel than a traditional hardwood court would.

For more on the important factors that are impacted by your basketball court surface selection, or to learn about any of our basketball courts, tennis courts or other court options, speak to the pros at Courts Unlimited today.