Why play basketball inside when you can shoot some hoops outside?
Have you ever dreamed of being able to play basketball in your own driveway or on your patio? Skip the gym or your local YMCA and don’t think twice about bringing a hoop to your home.
Besides it being located in your own yard, playing basketball outside is a great way to have fun, burn calories, and better one’s coordination. But, buying a residential basketball hoop can be confusing. Whether you plan to shoot hoops for fun, play competitive games of 1-on-1, or practice team drills, here are a few tips to help decide which hoop is right for you.
1. Location – Before you buy, make sure you have enough space to play. A large, flat, paved surface like a driveway is perfect. Keep in mind it is unsafe (and often illegal) to place a basketball hoop on a street or sidewalk.
2. Portable or In-Ground – A portable basketball hoop has a large plastic base with wheels that provides the flexibility of rolling it to a different area, or even taking it with you if you should move. In-ground systems take up less ground space but require cement installation and are permanent. However, they tend to be more rigid and offer slightly more stability for aggressive players.
3. Backboard material – Graphite and polyethylene backboards are designed primarily for young children. Acrylic backboards provide a clear playing surface ideal for beginner or intermediate players. For more serious players, polycarbonate backboards provide high-performance and durability with a clear, arena-style glass look while high-end tempered glass backboards combine professional styling with the best performance and rebound for aggressive players.
4. Backboard size – For young players just learning to shoot, a 44-inch backboard is ideal. Young teens practicing drives to the basket and a wide range of bank shots will benefit from the rebound space of a 48-50″ backboard while aggressive players will appreciate the large 54-60-inch and even regulation-sized 72-inch boards.
5. Make sure you also have the right equipment to make your game even better such as a basketball, nets to keep the balls in, perhaps some collapsible training cones to prevent injuries.
In the end, just be sure when you head out to buy or order a residential basketball hoop online you know exactly what you are looking for or contact customer support to asset you.