I have not got to use it with a real ball yet. I have it set up in our basement for now (This colorado snow and freezing weather would just ruin it outside) and we are using foams against it. It is real ice, the net wasn't as hard to get on as you would think. It is just the last 2 or three, but if you get the corners in first and have 2 people working it at the same time it goes up in a snap! So far so good, really enjoying it!Pros:
Couldn't give it a 5 star because I haven't used a real ball on it yet!
-Bounces back enough
-Great for stick skills
I think that if it wasn't the elastic bands that held the net to the frame, but instead some springs, i think that it would have a longer life. Have't test it yet, just an idea.