When you go shopping for a basketball goal, you may find that it is surprisingly complicated. There is a very large selection of brands to choose from, naturally. What you may not know, however, is that there is also a very large selection of different types of basketball goals to choose from. Many of these different types of basketball goals are designed to do different things and perform different functions from relatively light use such as free throws only to heavy duty and competition use.
If you are looking to perform extreme stunts such as heavy or repeated slam dunks, a heavy duty basketball goal is probably right for you. These often feature breakaway basketball hoops, designed to bend at the neck in order to transfer load forces from the basketball hoop to the mounting hardware which prevents the basketball hoop from snapping off and breaking. However, if you are only looking for a basketball hoop for occasional recreational use then a flexible basketball goal is probably more appropriate.
A flexible basketball goal has a limited amount of flexibility at the neck and basketball hoop in order to absorb the force of free throws or up to light, occasional slam dunks. However, they are not flexible enough to properly bend with a heavy slam dunk and they may break. Yet they tend to be more economical than breakaway basketball goals while still being durable, and many models of flexible basketball goals are qualified for some types of heavy duty use.
The FT 187D is one such example of a flexible basketball goal designed for more heavy duty use. What sets this goal apart from other flexible basketball goals is its special double rim feature. The double rim, consisting of 5/8 inch thick solid steel rings, naturally adds additional strength to the basketball hoop not found on inferior basketball goals. The rim is designed for very aggressive use on playgrounds and is able to withstand the abuse normally associated with school equipment.
The FT 187D also features continuous net locks to ensure that the net will stay attached to the basketball hoop after extended and heavy use. Dual return springs help the basketball goal absorb heavier loads to prevent structural failure. The totally enclosed flexible mechanism of the rim means that the basketball goal is protected from weather and other forms of corrosion, and needs little maintenance, both important factors for a playground basketball goal.
The goal mounts to most backboards, so switching out to new backboards probably will not be necessary. The durable powder coat finish not only adds an authentic touch to the basketball goal, but ensures that the paint will stay on through years of weather and shots. The goal is designed to look great and keep that look for a very long time.
The FT 187D is also a very easy basketball goal to install. The net and mounting hardware are included, limiting the number of trips you need to the hardware store. With a shipping weight of just 29 pounds, it will not break your back either.