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Wall mounted basketball hoops vs in ground rings

January 22nd 2021

Considering building your own backyard basketball court? Then you might want to know about the difference between a wall mounted basketball hoop and an in ground ring. 

Ring choice is important because it will decide the overall space needed for your court, where you’ll lay your line markings, including the free throw line, and what sort of foundations you might need. 

The ring is the first decision you’ll need to make when setting up your own home basketball court so here we break down the two options to help you decide which is right. 

Wall mount basketball hoop

A wall mount ring or freestanding basketball hoop, is as the name suggests, a hoop that is attached to a wall or stands on its own base and pole. 

These are great because they’re relatively inexpensive and quick to set up. Their convenience means you can move the ring position easily if you’re using a freestanding ring. You won’t need to renovate a space into a complete outdoor basketball court for these rings either. 

The key with wall mounts is making sure you get the right basketball ring height when installing, since it’s difficult to adjust once it’s affixed. 

If you’re choosing a wall mount option, make sure the wall you’re using is load bearing and strong enough to handle anything that a game of basketball might throw at it. Likewise with a freestanding ring, adequate weight and stability should be applied to the base to keep things safe. 

Ultimately, a wall mount or freestanding basketball rim are a more temporary solution. Their convenience factor means they’re not as long lasting as an in ground ring. 

In ground basketball ring

The first thing to know is that in ground basketball systems are stronger and more durable than freestanding basketball hoops or wall mounted rings. 

An in ground ring means the pole is dug into the ground and fixed in place. They are typical of most basketball courts that you’d find nearby or at a place like a high school.

If you’re after a more permanent solution for a home court, an in ground is your best bet for  helping fulfill those hoop dreams. 

The DreamCourts DreamHoops ring systems are professional grade in ground hoops. They are fully adjustable from five to ten feet tall, which means they can grow with your young athlete and suit virtually any space around the home. 

All DreamHoops systems include:

  • Limited lifetime warranty
  • Anchor kit with four J-bolts and rio bars
  • Backboard padding
  • Stainless steel hardware
  • 2'' thick custom fitted pole padding

This all comes as standard. That’s why DreamHoops are considered amongst the best basketball hoops in Australia. 

Our basketball hoops are also constructed in rust resistant galvanized steel which is perfect for the great outdoors. You can easily do a DIY install of our in ground basketball systems too, just make sure you have enough depth to secure the footings. 

An in ground ring is best for practicing dunking, once your little pro is ready to start flying like the Jumpman himself. 

If you want to find out what the best in ground basketball system is, check out our guide on the options here. 

For a pro set up, check out or range of multi sports court surfacing options which you can install yourself or let our team handle the load. You can also customise the courts fully to your own needs and wants using our CourtDesigner for a truly baller practice space. 

DreamCourts also supply containment netting to help keep things controlled and safeguard any stray balls ending up on the road, or in the neighbour's yard. 

Want your own dream court at home? Hoop dreams start here.

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