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Bring awesome play to your home or institution with a genuine Hercules Platinum basketball system. High-performance regulation-sized ½" thick
tempered glass backboard and 6" square 7 ga. thick one-piece steel pole delivers incredible durability and performance that continues to
exceed demanding expectations and out-perform alternatives.
33% More Glass, 9% Better Rebound Response Than Closest Alternative
Almost all gymnasiums use ½ inch thick tempered glass backboards while residential hoops use softer and thinner
materials. This experiment is intended to determine how a ½ inch thick tempered glass backboard performs
compared to traditional residential backboards.
Backboard Rebound Response
VIDEO: Rebound Response Experiment
Experiment Parameters - The backboards are all 60 x 36 inches and have identical aluminum framing. The ball
used is made of an indoor outdoor synthetic material. All balls were dropped from a consistent 55 inches and were
measured with a high speed digital camera. Rebound response is defined here as the percentage of distance the
ball bounced back from the original drop height.
Summary - Acrylic was the clear looser with only a 38% rebound response (some manufactures use thinner 3/8
acrylic which was not tested). 1/2 inch glass was the winner beating 3/8 inch glass by approximately 9% with a
69% rebound response.
Heavy-Duty Backboard Frame
Backboard Frame-To-Glass Mounting Process
The Hercules Platinum backboard is encased in a ¼" thick die-cast solid aluminum frame. This adds
incredible rigidity to the board and protects the edges of the glass. The glass is locked into place
with ¼" steel "L" brackets at each corner. A rubber gasket lines the channel that the glass sits
in as a buffer from the metal frame.
This mechanical method of mounting the glass is the same used on competitive NBA and NCAA backboards.
Many other residential basketball systems use an adhesive to mount the glass which can weaken over time
in the elements and can expose the edges of the glass increasing the chances of breakage.
Tempered glass is approximately 4 times heavier than acrylic. This adds mass to the system and improves
the rebound response off of the backboard.
Secondly, tempered glass is harder than acrylic. This creates a much more rigid surface and eliminates
the drumhead effect that deadens rebounds on acrylic boards. Also, much like your car windshield, the
hard tempered glass will resist scratching and remain clear. Acrylic will scuff and become cloudy over time.
Acrylic does have its place. We recommend it in institutional applications where vandalism is likely. This
is because acrylic will not shatter.
In summary, tempered glass is preferred in most situations for its performance and durability over time.
If you are concerned about vandalism acrylic might be the better option for you.
6" Square, 7 Gauge Thick, One-Piece, Square Steel Pole
Steel Thickness Comparison
As the price of steel rises many manufactures are beginning to reduce the thickness of their main
pole. This reduces the stiffness yielding a less stable, poor performing basketball system.
Make sure you're getting a full 7 gauge (3/16") thick main pole.
Pole Type Comparison
The quickest way to determine the quality of a basketball system is to check the pole type. All
premium hoops use a square (or rectangular) one-piece pole with 7 gauge or higher thickness.
Weak corroded joint in a 2-piece pole
Stay away from multi-piece poles. Manufactures split the poles into several pieces for shipping and
distribution purposes. Right out of the box, you'll see that these joints are the weak link in the
system and will weaken more over time from corrosion.
Limited Lifetime Warranty - Covers Dunking and Hanging
We proudly back the genuine Hercules basketball goal with an unsurpassed warranty. The durable design,
quality construction and over 24 years of experience ensure you will enjoy a lifetime of play and never
worry about maintenance or replacing your system.
Every part of the heavy-duty Hercules system has been designed to exceed performance expectations under
extreme playing conditions. The Hercules goal is completely warranted for dunking and hanging on the rim.
Other manufactures did not design their hoops for this kind of aggressive play and will not warrant it.
Live in a humid climate (60% or greater relative humidity) - view map
Install basketball system within range of a sprinkler
Want to reduce the risk of weakening bolts and unsightly rust streaks
Photos of the main structural components after galvanization and before receiving a powder coat finish
The main structural components are dipped and coated in a galvanizing solution that will protect the raw steel from
corrosive elements. These parts pass through a molten bath of zinc at a temperature of 860 degrees thoroughly coating
them with a thick robust layer of zinc.
Galvanization Coating Diagram
This process is commonly known as hot-dip galvanization and prevents
corrosion by forming a physical barrier and by acting as a sacrificial anode.
The zinc coating reacts with oxygen, water molecules and carbon dioxide in
the atmosphere to yield an impermeable, tenacious, insoluble layer of zinc
carbonate. This level of protection is similar to that of aluminum and
All fasteners are upgraded to stainless steel ensuring your system will
look great and never weaken or seize up over time. Untreated carbon steel
fasteners will be replaced with durable stainless steel to ensure your goal
will remain structurally sound and reduce unsightly rust streaks.
Destructive corrosives such as road and costal salt will not weaken fasteners.
They also make moving your system a snap! Never worry
about rusty fasteners seizing up while disassembling and reassembling the
Extended Corrosion Warranty
Your system will be warranted against structural damage caused by corrosion for a lifetime!
We are so confident that the galvanized coating and stainless steel fasteners
included in the Rust Armor™ package will eliminate any risk of corrosion that we are
backing these products up with an extended lifetime warranty that covers damage caused by corrosion.
This warranty covers all environments including brutal costal conditions, salt from
road clearing and dense humidity.
The Hercules Platinum system is precisely manufactured with high quality materials that are designed to go together smoothly
and intuitively. Assembly of this system requires the use of special tools such as a
Genie Lift which can be rented from your local equipment rental company or scaffolding.
This is because the backboard must be mounted at it's desired height.
Phone support from an experienced installation expert
"H" bracket is pre-installed saving you 15 minutes of assembly time.
Precise leveling using self-leveling nuts after the pier has cured.
Stainless steel fasteners will not seize up if you decide to move to a new house (requires Rust Armor package)
Is the pier included?
Yes, everything you need for installation is included but the concrete.
How big does the pier need to be?
24" square and 4' deep belled out at the bottom. If you have a sandy soil you might want to go deeper.
Can it be installed into existing concrete?
Yes. You can jackhammer the area you need or use wedge anchors.
How long does it take to install?
Installation times can vary but you can expect to spend around 1.5 hours installing the pier and 1.5 hours assembling the system with 1 to 5 days for the pier to cure.
The Hercules Platinum basketball system is elegantly designed to be a classy, unobtrusive edition to your driveway or backyard court. The
proportionate system will blend into the surroundings while offering an unmistakable professional playing experience.
Photos of various Hercules systems with a clean unobtrusive look
Smooth gloss back finish
Blends into residential settings and resists unattractive weathering
Allows surroundings through for an unobtrusive feel
Tempered glass backboard
The very hard tempered glass will remain clear and not scratch like softer acrylic alternatives. This
ensures that the backboard will remain clear and not get a dull dirty look.
Minimalistic backboard frame (thin bezel)
Available Rust Armor
Reduces rust and ensures your system will not become an eye-sore
Very little signage
We don't treat your system like a billboard. There is a small sticker on the backboard and extension arm
that can be removed if you'd like.
Rectangular clear backboard
Delivers a very professional look that adds prestige to your home
Clean, minimalistic design
Many believe that this system is elegant and clean. We have taken a minimalistic approach to this system to
keep things looking good and simple without sacrificing performance or durability.
Add Rust Armor to ensure your system does not become and eye-sore
A competitor's system after a few years without Rust Armor protection
A competitor's system with multi-piece pole and no Rust Armor protection
Hercules systems create a safe engaging environment at your home or institution. Protective padding and a large
overhang distance ensure your players stay safe.
Children playing two on two with the Hercules Diamond basketball system
Protective safety padding
The Hercules Platinum is designed to protect all players. Young and elite players alike will appreciate
the pole & gusset padding included with every Hercules system. The wrap
around pole padding protects aggressive players that drive in hard for a lay-ups and play
underneath the hoop. The gusset padding protects players from rolling an ankle or falling onto
exposed bolts at the base. In contrast, many other basketball goals do not include the protective
padding needed to keep players injury free.
For players unleashing their dunking power on the Hercules system, we have included a
heavy-duty break-away rim that is designed to absorb the pressure and pop right back into place.
This softens the blow to player's hands and joints preventing injury.
Keeps kids in a safe environment
The Hercules system gets children excited about being active and keeps them in a safe invironment that you control
Large safe-play area
Take the pole out of the playing area while keeping balls and players on the court. Overhang is
defined as the distance from the front of the pole to the front of the backboard. Regulation courts
have a distance of 4' from the baseline to the front of the backboard. This area is used to box
out and allows players running in for lay-ups to stay in play. More importantly it keeps the pole
out of the playing area reducing the likelihood of injury to players. Larger overhang distances
also keep players from stepping off the playing surface which reduces injuries such as rolled