Friday, October 17, 2008

The Five Qualities of a Good Basketball Hoop

Most people have a terrible basketball hoop cemented in their driveway.

Which is unfortunate, because the truth of the matter is that there are tons of fantastic basketball hoops out there. But in order to get the right you for you, you need to learn and identify the five factors that make for a quality basketball hoop.

Rigidity - The number one factor that determines whether or not you will have a basketball hoop you will enjoy playing on for years to come or make a purchase a that you will regret is rigidity. The more rigid a basketball hoop is, the better rebound it provides.

When looking for a basketball hoop that is really rigid, be sure to check out the backboard material and the thickness of the pole. The thicker your pole, the more rigid the basketball goal is. And it is preferable to get a system that has a square pole, rather than a round one. Square, one piece poles are going to be much more stable than round, three piece poles.

Offset - If you watch NBA games, you notice that players don't spend all of their time in front of the backboard area. In the most interesting games, players actually fight for control of the ball right underneath the rim.

The reason they can do this is because of offset, or the distance from the backboard to the pole. If you have longer brackets, it gives you a lot more room to play under. On really high quality systems, the offset is four feet. This is because on a pro basketball court, the distanced form the backboard to the out of bounds line is four feet.

Backboard Size and Shape - You should ideally purchase the largest backboard that you can afford and preferably purchase a backboard that features a square backboard, rather than a fan shaped one.

Backboards can get up to six feet wide, which is the width of the basketball hoops used in the NBA. The larger your backboard, the more likely you are to hit bank shots.

Durability - You don't want your basketball hoop to fall apart a month after you get it. And you don't want to find out that your hoop is as fragile as a dry leaf until it's too late. That's why you need to understand just how durable your basketball hoop is before you actually purchase it.

A good indication of durability is the warranty. The longer and more extensive the warranty, the more confident the manufacturer is that the system will last.

Installation - A good basketball hoop also has a fairly easy installation method complete, with detailed instructions. It is important to remember, however, that generally the better quality the basketball hoop you purchase, the more work that will be required to install it.

While some expensive, higher quality hoops might take hours or even days before you can play on them, in the end you will be rewarded which a much higher quality system that a hoop that takes less than an hour to set up.

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