Baseball Net Material Is Not All The Same!
Whether you need backstop net behind home plate, barrier net to keep balls out of the woods or golf net to protect your house on a golf course, know that all barrier netting will look good coming out of the box. The problem is what happens after seasons of weather get to it. That’s why we offer grades of baseball net, and not just various sizes. If you measure your length, width and buy on price alone… you may not get your monies worth.
So how do you be an informed consumer? I can only speak for our own offerings and I will guarantee you that these nets are an integral part of our offerings over the past two decades of serving schools & college and municipal coaches, athletic directors and buyers representing towns & cities across America. We have utilized the same netting fabricators over this time and understand that virgin materials in the hands of people who specialize in these materials are the only way to assure quality. This allows us to offer you these products with confidence!
Ask Baseball Net Questions Before You Buy!
What is barrier net & batting cage net made from?
Virgin nylon is the material of choice for a combination of strength, anti-abrasion and outdoor conditions though polyethylene net is also a good material; the issue with making various odd sizes is that nylon is so much easier to fabricate, is a much softer, more pliable material. That is a big reason why nylon is the more common choice for sizes we make for you. It carries a bit more cost but all in all, is the better choice. Good golf net with its much smaller 1″ mesh holes can also be made in polyethylene. We carry some standard sizes in this material and can save you money here (note that all these barrier nets are NOT designed to absorb the direct hits off your golf club.
Call us at 800-487-7432 if you have interest in that specific material.
How about baseball net strength?
The heavier the grade of net, the thicker and more costly the finished product. It’s generally seen on a number scale from lightest, being a #15 or #18 (not recommended), #21 in nylon or #24 in poly being the medium grade and most popular, especially for larger pieces due to their more manageable total weight. The heavier #30, #36, #42 should be considered based on budget.
Do I need the same grade/weight throughout my ballpark?
No, not really. You may choose to invest a bit more in your backstop, where batted balls are hit frequently and where fan & player protection is the issue. Another issue with me personally is that visibility is better up to #36 grade. The visibility begins to become less-than-optional as the strand gets thicker.
Keeping balls out of the woods might only require lighter barrier netting though the downside here is more or less longevity
Again, balance cost against years of service… the heavier the net, the more material your net contains and the longer it will last you.
How about the cost?
Like batting cage net, baseball net & barrier net is priced by the square foot, but custom sizing and features are figured in as well.
You will want to balance price along with the total weight, especially for very large pieces. Rope border on all sides is the one feature we include; In our opinion, it makes no sense to own a barrier net without a hemmed perimeter and that is how we price all that we offer. (read more below).
Think #21 or #30 & maybe #36 for barrier net (#42 or a higher number begins to impede view and are best where high-speed balls are consistently batted or thrown into).
How Large Are Baseball Net Holes & Golf Net Holes… To Prevent Balls From Penetrating or Escaping?
- 1 ¾” Standard Baseball Net Mesh Openings. This is a standard to not allow a baseball or softball to penetrate.
- 1″ Standard Golf Net Mesh Openings
How about visibility for fans?
Again, think #21 through #36. And read about net that is “hung square”… much easier to see through.
Human eyes just deal with the batting net squares easier than the diamond shape.
What does hung square or hung on the diamond mean?
Baseball Net Hung Square
Hung on the square means that each of the 1 3/4″ net mesh is built to be hung to look like a series of squares.
What this means to you is that when all of these squares are built to become your net, it will have a defined shape of length and width.
It’s easier on the eye for fans & players and tends to be most popular behind home plate.
A disadvantage may be some added cost due to the additional labor and material it takes to build.
Baseball Net Hung Diamond
Hung on the diamond is exactly that. When you look at each of the 1 ¾” mesh, it is in a diamond shape.
If you pull it left and right, you will notice that it easily becomes a wider and actually shorter diamond shape.
If you pull it top and bottom, it will get taller while the width becomes shorter.
Either directional pull will make each mesh form a thinner/skinnier shape.
How do I hang a barrier net?
Large nets are generally hung from a cable which runs horizontally and vertically between some sort of uprights (older facilities use telephone poles, while newer ballparks, golf courses etc tend to have steel poles which are sunk in the ground in sleeves that are concreted in first.
Limit or avoid zip ties and try not to allow any sports barrier netting to come into contact with any other hard surfaces… especially where the wind is an issue… Avoid abrasion where & when you can, for longest life.
What’s so important about rope borders?
Our heavier rope border is woven into all 4 sides of the perimeter of your barrier net with heavy black poly rope so it will retain its shape and not prematurely wear or sag, while not absorbing water.
I couldn’t imagine hanging any net without this heavy polyethylene roping.
It also assists in resisting abrasion where your net comes in contact with the attachment clips or carabineers.
How many years does barrier netting last?
This is a loaded question. The best answer is that you consider purchasing the heaviest net you can from someone who understands the product (many, just sell net and really don’t know much).
The short story is that it depends on the strength of the net & the climate you live in. Hot, long summers in the south go on for months and believe it or not, winter winds up north can be very abrasive. taking down any net during any offseason will extend the years of use. Do this where practical. I have seen medium grade #21 nylon netting in the south that is 7-8 years old and doing well. It was one of ours so I know what they bought. Yet I have seen others that… well, as I said… ask your questions before you buy!
And remember, anything you tie to your net can cause abrasion. Poly roping tends to be least abrasive, especially if there is wind. If zip ties must be used… keep them fairly tight with little room to wiggle, rub and prematurely wear the net. I prefer using snap hooks (aka D Rings or Carabineers)
Golf Barrier Net Hung On The Diamond
Is golf net the same as baseball net?
It’s the same material and the same principles outlined above so the same rules apply other than the size of the holes (mesh) required.
The smaller golf ball needs our 1″ golf netting. The cost is a bit more because there is more material and obviously, many more knots and labor involved.
We offer a #21 strength for lighter use or those on a budget. Our #30 strength is our heavier version and will add anywhere from 2-5 years of weather (depending on climate & conditions).
Both strengths are primarily designed as a barrier net, not to be hitting balls directly into; that is an entirely different product!
The rest is virtually identical to what’s used in baseball or softball net.
Hung square is not nearly the issue because “fans” are generally not looking through it. Call us if you need a specific size of golf netting.
Do I need anything else?
We can supply you with rust-resistant metal clips (aka carabineers) for attaching to your cable… just ask and we’ll help you figure how many you will need. Aircraft cable and turnbuckles are available locally. Just make sure they are rust-resistant materials. Think 2+ inch zinc-coated carabiners and 1/4″ or 3/8″ aircraft aluminum cable.
I hope this explanation will help you make a better buying decision.