Some touches are rigid and firm while the best of the best on the ball are silky and smooth. I'm reminded of a World Cup 94' game when current Sporting KC head coach Peter Vermes was comparing the United States goalkeeper Tony Meola's hands to those of Columbias Oscar Cordoba. He talked about how Tony had the sponge hands and Oscar had the brick hands. It's the same with touches on the ball. Brick touches vs. sponge touches.