The significant difference between indoor and outdoor basketball is the material. Indoor basketballs are made of full grain genuine leather. On the other hand, outdoor basketballs are made of durable rubber that can withstand the hardness of concrete and ensure longevity.
Indoor basketballs are a lot more expensive, but much longer compared to outdoor balls do award you use it. I would never suggest an outdoor basketball or vice versa, an internal basketball outside inside. The two are entirely Different in precisely what substances they are made of and how they are manufactured.
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Yes, there is a visible difference in both basketballs in their material. Both are crafted with different materials. Outdoor basketball is crafted with durable leather and indoor basketballs are crafted with composite or full-grain soft leather.
If you have ever seen an indoor ball at the basketball court and dribbled it or shot it, you probably know the surface feels softer to the touch than an outdoor ball. That’s because indoor balls are made from full-grain leather. The leather gives them better grip and feel. Outdoor basketballs focus less on the feel and grip than on durability. Very few leagues and no professional games are played in the elements, and outdoor balls are made for recreational players.
Quality leather basketballs for indoor use have 122 pebbles per square inch, or approximately 35,000 pebbles over the entire surface of the ball. Rubber basketballs for outdoor use have fewer pebbles and feel rougher to the touch.
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After playing on outdoor courts for a while with a rubber ball you will find that an indoor ball will feel much easier to handle in the gym while you might even feel you have improved your handle and shooting. It will be a challenge at first playing outdoor basketball, save the excuses, just know overall it will benefit your game in the long run.