I bought this as one of my husband's Father's Day gifts. (secretly buying it for myself!) I know I could have spent a lot more on very fancy "pro" sets and all that, but I will tell you, we are having a "BALL" (yes, pun intended) with this set. The balls have good weight to them, it comes with the measuring string, and we have not experienced any flaking, cracking, or any other problems at all with the set. I have 6 kids,ranging from 24 to going on 9 yrs old. They play hard, and this set is not showing any signs of wear and tear at all! :) I highly recommend it, and the seller, who delivered quickly, and as promised!