Helpful Tips on Buying a Basketball Hoop


A new basketball hoop is a fun addition to your home. It will allow your friends and family to exercise while playing an exciting game of basketball. A hula hoop is an investment that must be considered carefully to meet your budget and your situation. Here are some features to consider.

Portable or permanent

The decision to make the hoop permanent or not depends on your needs. If you don’t have a lot of room and need to move the hoop around, you may want to consider a portable solution. This may require adult help as the hoops tend to be weighted down to prevent tipping. This is not a great solution for teens who like to dip the ball because there is less stiffness. Additionally, if you live in an area prone to high winds, the hoop may also be damaged.

If there is a location that will always be used for basketball, you may want to consider a permanent installation. The most popular brands allow semi-permanent solutions where the anchor bolts are cemented into the ground and the post is fixed on top. This is more desirable than driving a pole into the ground, which requires a lot of labor to take it down.


Most back panels can usually be adjusted by a handle. Read reviews on how easy the back panel is to fit on the hoop, as some may need adult help. Small children will be able to shoot a ball between 6 and 8 feet. Children over 9 can play at the regulation height of 10 feet.

Breaking rim

It just means the rim will sag if an overzealous teenager makes a monster jam. The function prevents the rim or panel from sagging too much and causing damage. This is a good option to consider if you have a lot of basketball fans in the family who like to recreate the highlights of the NBA.

Back panels

The type of back panel material can affect your budget as polycarbonate and acrylic tend to be cheaper while tempered glass is more expensive. Polycarbonate and acrylic are transparent and offer some rigidity. The tempered glass is of better quality which offers the best bounces.

As the size of the panel increases, so does the price. Most back panels range from 32 to 72 inches massive. I recommend keeping the waistline in the 50 to 60 inch range. The larger size will allow more rebounds and less chasing of air balls.

Pole size

The pole width is not that important for portable hoops, but is more of a factor in permanent installations. As with back panels, the larger the width, the more expensive the hoop. More expensive systems have posts as large as 5 inches in diameter. If you plan on having a tough game, consider a wider post. Some stakes may come in two pieces and are considered less sturdy but will be more economical.

Other tips

  • Look for anti-rust coatings on all metal parts

  • Consider options such as post and back panel pads

  • The guarantees of several years are reassuring

Source by Shawn Gallagher


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