Basketball is a fun game that can be played for various reasons including health. This means it can be an outdoor activity as well as indoor if you have ample space to place the portable hoop. However, not many areas have ample space for a professional basketball pitch. It can be a hustle finding the best basketball hoop for residential use. The following tips will come in handy when considering to purchase one.
Tips to choose the best basketball hoop
It will be best first to consider the intended play area. You will need a wide, flat area like a driveway for ample playing. It is not advisable to play on the street or paths as it might lead to accidents if not breaking the law. It is also tiresome to keep on moving the hoop to the street now and then.
Consider basketball hoops with adjustable height. This will enable players of all height, ages, and skill to enjoy playing on the same hoop. Find those that are easily adjustable e.g. with a one-handed mechanism that is first to adjust and can be adjusted by anyone.
To enable one be able to move with your hoop, it is better to consider one that is portable and can be moved from one place to the other. A portable hoop has wheels on its base to enable rolling to different places. If you would rather have one that is in-ground, ensure it is safely installed and cemented to make it firm.
Backboard Size and material
The size of the backboard will vary depending on the experience of the players. Beginners can use a 44” backboard size while more experienced players will need a size ranging from 48-50” while professional players will appreciate bigger backboards of 54-72”.
Backboard materials range from those made of graphite and polyethylene best for children, acrylic best suited for beginners and polycarbonates for professional players. It will depend on the user’s needs to know what is best suited for them.
Basketball hoop finish
Hoops with a poor finish like those with powder coating end up flaking off after a while and are neither a good site nor durable. Consider those that have a zinc powder coating or galvanized before coating with regular powder. This makes them more durable and rust resistant. They also offer a more attractive look.