Basketball is one of the most popular sports not only in the United States but all over the world. Even you’ll be astonished to know that most of the US people believe that a home is not a sweet home without a basketball hoop either in the driveway or in the backyard. Really a basketball goal hoop is an amazing tool to enhance the beauty of your home.
You know, I’m not a professional basketball player, but there is a goal system installed in my backyard. The amazing truth about playing basketball is that besides ensuring the great source of entertainment, playing this team sport is also very effective to maintain your fitness. Most of the fitness lovers know that there are 3 amazing ways to achieve or maintain fitness without hitting the gym.
These are Jumping rope, Trampolining and playing Basketball. Recently we’ve published an informative post on trampoline buying guide here. Soon we also will share the details of jump rope with you and today we are going to disclose all the secrets when purchasing a Basketball Goal System for your Home.
Things to know before purchasing a Basketball Hoop:
As you’ve known from our trampoline buying guide that there’s something to be aware of before choosing a trampoline, the case is same here in purchasing a goal hoop. There are lots of basketball systems out there in the market. Some of them are extremely expensive, some are cheap, a few of are height adjustable and some are fixed. Moreover, all the hoops are not same in terms of quality, design and usability. So, let’s see the differences.
Types of Basketball Hoop:
There are 3 types of the basketball hoop. These are wall mount, portable and in ground. Wall mount hoop is best if the space is limited. This type of hoop is usually set on the outside wall of your home. No ground space is required to set this type of hoop. So, you can choose this type of hoop if your driveway or selected space is not so large.
The next one is portable. This hoop is so popular because it can be easily moveable to anywhere (especially when you need to change your house). Anyone can easily place it even on the roof top. But, this hoop can’t ensure the firm stability. So, if you are going to buy a basketball goal hoop for your kids, then this type of hoop will be suitable for you.
The last one is in ground. This is the most complete type of hoop. This type of hoop is widely used in all types of professional matches from college basketball game to NBA. If you like to enjoy the professional taste of basketball, if you want to play aggressively, if you’re the big fan of slam dunk and if you like to add one of the most beautiful sports equipment to your home, then there is no alternative to in-ground hoop.
Parts of Basketball Hoop:
A basketball hoop has several parts. These are frame, backboard, pole, safety pad, rim, net and frame handle. H frame handle is the best to ensure the stability. But, if you like to buy a portable one, then you don’t have to be so anxious about the quality of parts. None of the portable hoops are as qualitiful as in ground or wall mounted one. If you don’t have any issue in a budget, then steel frame, tempered glass backboard, slam it rim, square steel pole, these features will satisfy you most.
Materials of Basketball Hoop:
A basketball is bought for years to come and not for a single season. So, longevity is a must. Moreover, to enjoy basketball like the pro, performance is also considered deeply. If most of the players are youth, then single piece square steel pole, thick and clear glass backboard is always ready to cease the thirst of youths.
The common backboard materials are polycarbonate, acrylic and tempered glass. Tempered glass provides the best rebound of the ball and the other 2 are just used for those goal system which are designed mainly for the kids and non professionals. Portable basketball hoops are designed for the kids and toddlers. So, you won’t see tempered glass backboard in this type of hoops.
Size of Basketball Hoop:
The professional height of the basketball goal hoop is 10 feet and the backboard size is 72 inch. But, if there’s a limitation of space, then the 60”, 54”, 48 and even shorter sizes are available to suit your space. And about the height, you can easily determine the height of wall mounted hoops. Portables are mainly manufactured for the child. So, these are generally comes at the height range from 5 to 7.5 feet.
But, if you like to play basketball and also want to train your kids, then you’ll need to adjust the height of your hoop. Because it is not a logical decision to buy a hoop for your kids and another one for your own. That’s why manufacturers have designed some hoops which are height adjustable from 5 to 10 feet. So, you should be careful while choosing a hoop for your family.
Top Brands of Basketball Hoop:
Buying a sports equipment from the top brand is a born tendency of the most of the sports lovers. So, you should know the top brands. In terms of reputation, Spalding is on the top of the list. They are the official ball suppliers of NBA. So, I feel proud to use a hoop from Spalding. LifeTime is another popular brand.
If you like to purchase a quality basketball goal hoop at the most cheapest price, then you can count on this manufacturer. Some other famous brands are SilverBack, Produnk, Goalrilla and Ryval. All the brands are extremely expert in manufacturing the best to satisfy you. They mainly design 3 types of hoop. These are cheap, standard and expensive. LittleTikes also manufacture basketball hoops, but they manufacture only for the kids.
I believe that one never suites all. So, all the brands are successful to win their customers. The main thing is that first of all you’ve to find out the reason of buying a basketball hoop. If you’re going to buy one as a means of achieving your fitness, then you’ll have to be confirmed about the stability of your hoop. This type of hoop also enhances the beauty of your home and will cost you a little more than portable hoops.
If you like to play with your kids and also with your friends, you then should buy the height adjustable systems, because kids won’t feel comfort to shoot a ball to the 10 feet height. But, if you are thinking of purchasing a hoop only to surprise your little kid, then portable hoops will do the best. Hope this guide will help you to make your decision. Have fun and don’t forget to share your thought with us. Finally, let’s see what others look for before purchasing a basketball goal hoop: