When purchasing a basketball goal the first thing you will notice is the differences in material. Some goals are made of molded plastic, acrylic, polycarbonate and glass. Below is all the information you need to know about the different materials portable basketball goals are made of.
- Molded Plastic: Molded plastic is found on the cheaper goals. These goals are suited for children as they can not take a lot of wear and tear. You may see the term “eco composite”. It is the same thing. It vibrates and when you shoot the soft plastic absorbs the shock so there is virtually no rebound.
- Acrylic: Acrylic is clear and far more durable than molded plastic. It is a rigid material which will allow you to have an aggressive game and it will take it. It will also allow a descent rebound while not producing too much sound. For most players, there is no need to worry about tearing up the goal. If you do, however, play extremely rough on your goal then consider polycarbonate.
- Polycarbonate: Polycarbonate is even more durable than the acrylic backboards. It looks like acrylic, feels like acrylic and even acts like acrylic but can take a rougher game of basketball. It is just stronger than your acrylic. They say you can’t even break it with a baseball bat; not that I would test that out. The price is very similar to the acrylic backboard. If you plan to dunk and play hard against the backboard then grab you a polycarbonate goal. Better safe than sorry.
- Glass: Then there is the wonderful glass backboard. This is the same material as the NBA basketball goals. Oh, the rebound. There is nothing like playing on a glass backboard. You find glass on your higher end goals. Of course it is more rigid and durable than any other material. You find these glass goals not only in the NBA but schools, churches, and recreational centers.
Since rebound is important in a game of basketball I thought I would give you a visual of the performances of each material.
To Summarize: First decide what is important to you; durability and or rebound capability. Knowing these two things will help you narrow your search quickly and get you on your way to owning your own portable basketball goal. Visit my next blog on selecting the right size backboard.
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