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This is definitely necessary if you're hanging a fingerboard on a typical indoor wall.
You could get a piece of 3/4" plywood for cheaper, but I don't have a saw, nor do I have any use for the other 30 square feet you'd have left over. Plus the edges are sanded for you. That's convenience!

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Is it really necessary to mount a backboard for a finger board?

Can't I just drill it to the wall? What are the downsides

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@Danny--I'd highly recommend mounting a backboard if you're mounting to a typical interior surface with drywall over wood framing. The actual fingerboards are usually pre-drilled and the drilling is likely not to correspond with the stud locations in your wall. If you try to mount a fingerboard directly to drywall you're asking for a messy unintentional dismount sometime in your exercising future. Those little plastic drywall mounts will not help--those are for posters that weigh like five pounds.

Mount the board by putting screws through it to studs, then mount the fingerboard to the backboard.

You can disregard all this and mount directly to the wall if your wall is made of structural material (i.e. heavy plywood) or you've got a beam to put screws into.