What Basketball shoots the best

Purpose Statement

The purpose of this experiment was to determine if different brands of basketballs make a difference on how you shoot. I became interested in this experiment because I like basketball. The information gained from this experiment will help others by showing them what brand of basketball they should get and use.


The Baden ball has an exterior that holds sweat so that the ball doesn’t get slippery and hard to shoot pass or dribble unlike the Wilson Evolution. The Wilson Evolution has a good grip on it but it gets very slipery after you start playing with it. The Spalding ball has good grip but doesn’t have a very good texture to it and it gets very slippery very fast.

The Spalding ball is the lowest quality one and it is still very good and doesn’t get lumps in it. The Baden ball is very good and keeps a steady bounce and it doesn’t get lumps in it. The Evoloution doesn’t have a steady bounce it varies about the height the ball bounces. The Spalding ball varies in bounces also because the Baden ball has a patented cushoning layer in the ball that keeps the bounce consistent.


My hypothesis is the Baden ball will work the best to shoot with because of the quality the ball is made with. I base my hypothesis on the research I learned about the basketballs.

Materials and Variables

CV Me and 2 willing participants

CV gym

IV 3 brands of basketballs

DV Weight of basketballs


1.Have three people shoot all three balls ten times from the 3-point line at different times.

2. Find the percentages for each person shooting the ball and record results

3. Determine what ball is the 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place

4. Repeat steps 1 & 2, three times


The original purpose of this experiment was to determine the best basketball to shoot with.The results of the experiment were the Wilson ball worked the best.

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My hypothesis was the Baden ball will work the best to shoot with because of the quality the ball is made with.The results indicate that this hypothesis should be considered wrong. Based on the results of this experiment use a Wilson ball to shoot with to get the best shooting percentages. If I were to conduct this science fair project again I would do the same thing and compare results with this expirement.