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    Shoe choice and traction

    Before the game or very early on, the sideline reporter was talking about how our players have a choice of cleat - rubber molded or steel insert/changeable. It seemed like our guys were having a harder time with the wet grass than KSU, slipping around a lot more. WR falling, DB falling, etc appeared to be an issue for us and not KSU. Did anybody else notice this? Why would a guy choose the molded cleat when it's pretty obvious that a longer cleat would be an advantage on a rainy day like last Saturday?


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    Re: Shoe choice and traction

    I'd have to imagine it's a traction vs speed trade off



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    Re: Shoe choice and traction

    I remember back in my day (in HS ball) all of the "speed" guys chose the short molded cleats no matter what. They felt it made a huge difference over the replaceables.



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    Re: Shoe choice and traction

    Shoes will make a little bit of diffrence. The whole thing about playing on a wet surface is body control. You have to keep your feet underneath you a lot more then on perfect conditions. Big strides and hard wild cuts will just put you on your butt in the wet grass. I don't think the field was too bad on Saturday but the less than ideal conditions really played into the hands of the KSU offense.


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    Re: Shoe choice and traction

    Quote Originally Posted by CyFan61 View Post
    I remember back in my day (in HS ball) all of the "speed" guys chose the short molded cleats no matter what. They felt it made a huge difference over the replaceables.
    That must have been my problem. I worn replaceables and was slow as crap.



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    Re: Shoe choice and traction

    It could be a matter of players who normally wear molded cleats didn't break-in any detachable cleats before the game. Wearing brand new cleats sucks, so they went with speed & comfort.

    Also, the molded cleats are more comfortable on the sole of an athlete's foot. The pressure points of a molded vs detachable cleat are different and odd or new pressure from the detach cleat can throw someone off. Lastly, the molded cleats have more cleats on them:

    Molded:


    Detachable:



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