The great thing about basketball, you can play it indoors or outdoors, and it makes exercising a lot of fun! Some of health benefits of playing basketball help your cardiovascular system, and your heart will love you for that. When a customer ask me what type of basketball system to purchase, I usually have a checklist of questions to ask, this way we can pin-point the best basketball system to match their situation.
Location, Location, Location: Before you buy anything, survey the outside of your home to see if the backyard, driveway, or above the garage is the best place to have your basketball hoop set up. I wouldn’t recommend placing a portable hoop on the public street, as I have heard stories about disgruntled neighbors complaining to local authorities, and before you know it, they hauled off your hoop. Wall or roof mounted systems are a great solution when space is limited.
Portable vs. In-ground: A portable basketball system is more practical when you need to move or store your system. Most portables can be folded down, and collapsed into a compact position which is ideal for transporting. Purchasing a basketball inground system can be more expensive and laborious, as it will require you to dip a hole (up to 48” deep), and secure it with concrete. Typically inground systems are more stable, and are a perfect solution, for a more permanent fixture in your yard or driveway.
Bounce or no Bounce: When selecting a basketball hoop, it’s wise to play close attention to the backboard material. Low-End systems backboards are made of graphite, polyethylene, and very thin acrylic, and they offer very little bounce off the board action. Speaking of acrylic backboards, they give you a fairly decent bounce off the board, and it’s a good substitute for tempered glass. Speaking of tempered glass backboards, these backboards generate the maximum bouncing performance off the board than any other backboard made. The Pro’s use them, all Universities use them, so why don’t you?
Does Backboard Size Matter? Yes it does, especially if you’re playing competitively and you want to UP your level of play. Some players like to take full advantage of a 42” x 72” backboard to make those high bank-shots off the glass. If you specialize in Swishes, or aiming for the target area on the backboard, then size doesn’t matter.