Tempered glass backboard, stable, one-piece 5″ pole, durable, 2.5′ overhang, anchor mount installation
54″ backboard, no pole padding
The GLR GS 54 (model B4003) comes from a fine line of basketball systems produced by Goalrilla. It features a 54″ tempered glass backboard, a 5-inch square pole, and a 2.5′ overhang. The height adjusts from 7.5 to 10 feet with the use of a crank handle mechanism. The pole is powder coated for UV and corrosion resistance. An anchor mount system is used to install the hoop into the ground. Goalrilla backs it with a limited lifetime warranty. It is a little smaller than its big brother the GSII, and it is about $500 cheaper.
What To Like
- Tempered glass backboard. This is the highest quality material used for backboards. Hoops at the college and NBA levels utilize tempered glass. It’s 3/8″ thick, which is pretty solid. It’s the most sturdy and durable type of backboard you can purchase, and is best for overall performance.
- Stable. What makes in-ground basketball hoops ideal is their stability. They’re also aesthetically more pleasing than mounted and portable models. The stability of a hoop is plays a big role in how well it performs.
- 5″ one-piece square pole. Lesser priced hoops tend to have multi-section, round poles in the 3.5 to 4″ range. A one-piece pole is far more sturdy, and therefore better for performance. Square poles are superior to round ones for the same reason. Of course, the thicker the pole, the better.
- Crank adjust. This mechanism is the most precise and durable of them all, which is why it’s so commonly used on basketball hoops.
- Pro-style flex rim. The more expensive the hoop, the more heavy-duty the rim is. The flex-coil construction takes a lot of stress off the backboard to prevent damage. It’s powder coated and has stainless steel components to provide protection from the elements.
- 2.5 foot overhang. This gives players some space under the basket to maneuver. They can better avoid bumping into the pole, particularly when play gets a little rough. Plus, the space brings some more realism during play.
- Anchor mount installation. You can remove the hoop easily since the pole isn’t buried in the ground. The pole screws into a plate, so the pole can be removed just by unscrewing it. Plus, it’s a less complicated process than a direct burial.
What Not To Like
- It isn’t a regulation size backboard- The GS54 is a 54”x34” backboard. A regulation size board is 72”x42”. A regulation size backboard is always desirable. That being said sometimes it just isn’t the right fit for everyone.
- May fall short of some player’s expectations. While the GS54 is a great value for the money, some players who are looking for something similar to what’s in their high school gyms could be disappointed. That being said, this is a very solid offering at this price point.
Moving or Relocating the System
If you need to move or relocate this Goalrilla Basketball Hoop System, you will need a new anchor system. This basketball hoop is very easy to unbolt and reassemble wherever you want to move it. The system comes with an anchor set, however, if you ever need to move it, you can buy an additional anchor set here:
Summary of Online Reviews
A handful of people at Amazon.com have purchased this hoop. Please go HERE to read the reviews. As a summary of the reviews, there is very little to be disappointed in. It is “awesome” a “great Product”, made of thick steel and will last for a lifetime.
In the words of my 11 year old: “It’s amazing!” We just got this at Amazon, it arrived quickly (through one of their sellers) and was in perfect condition. The install is similar to what everyone described here – my husband did it over the course of a week or so due to our schedules. Because we had read the reviews here, he bought more concrete than the instruction called for – about 10 bags which worked perfectly. The system’s been up for about 1 week and is great – very little shake, plays like a professional system. We have an 11 year old son and 10 year old daughter who both love to play and this system is great, expect it will grow with them through the years. My husband’s been shooting on it too and has commented on how awesome it is! We had a Lifetime portable system that was 15+ years old – so shaky (and loud when they shot!) and in hindsight should have been replaced long ago. This new net is sturdy and expect it will remain that way for years. Great price on Amazon – consistent or lower than the big box stores. I took a while to decide what to get and where because I couldn’t “see” it and see how sturdy it was so didn’t want to spend that kind of money if not sturdy. If you’re thinking of buying, go see in the store, if necessary and buy here – the store display isn’t that great so you really can’t get a feel for truly how sturdy it will be when setup until you actually see one that is installed properly in the ground. But I can assure you, there is very little shake when they are shooting. Love it! amazon.com – Mama in MA
Ordered the GS 54 for our daughter and son for their birthday’s. Daughter is 11 and will be playing with a traveling team over the summer and is starting to perfect her shot. Our son is 5 and also showing interest in basketball. We bought this goal so our daughter could work on her touch and rebounding. The goal plays very well, and was very easy to assemble. It will take the good part of a day to dig the hole for the pier and mix up concrete. Assembly of the goal is about 2 hours. You will need at least 3 people to hang the backboard. We have been playing on a portable (water or sand fill base) for about 4 years and after getting the Goalrilla installed there is no comparison. It is a real solid system and plays much more like the indoor goals. My kids love it. Thanks Goalrilla for a great product! amazon.com – DayLilly
The lone one star review is because of missing instructions with the package. This seems to be an anomaly. There are minor complaints about the rim not being the top of the line. The vast majority of reviewers were more than pleased with this product.
The Goalrilla GLR GS is similar to the Mammoth 98856, and has a slight difference in price. Goalrilla is one of the best brands out there. If I had to choose between the two, I would go with Goalrilla. Simply put: you can’t go wrong with this hoop. Cheapest place I found to buy it was at http://basketballgoalstore.com. If you have more money to spend, you should consider the Goalrilla GSII.