Baseball Net Backstop Net Material Is Not All The Same!
Backstop net & batting cage divider net can be made from a few different materials and in many grades and qualities. The problem deciding should be based on what happens after seasons of weather or use 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.
Some Questions Before You Buy!
What is batting cage backstop net & barrier net made from?
Virgin nylon is the material of choice for a combination of strength, anti-abrasion and outdoor conditions though heavier strengths of 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 and with these smaller pieces, cost is really not a huge issue to afford this superior product.
How about strength?
The heavier the grade of batting cage net, the thicker and more expensive. It’s measured on a number scale from lighter entry-level, #21 in nylon for batting cage dividers through the #60 which is heaviest for batting cage backstop behind your batters. Our #36 or #42 being the most popular for this use
How large are the holes… and why?
Standard baseball net mesh openings are 1 ¾” where it is knotted and bonded together. This is a standard to not allow a baseball or softball to penetrate and will prevent ball impacts from stretching the material over time. For comparison, golf net is a 1″ mesh, with soccer net being 4″.
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?
Hung on the square means that each of the 1 3/4″ net mesh are 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.
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.
Are golf course barrier nets the same?
It’s the same principle 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. The rest is virtually identical to what’s used in baseball or softball barrier nets. Call us if you need a specific size of golf netting.
How do I hang a barrier net or backstop net?
Larger 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 allowing barrier net to come into contact with any other hard surfaces… especially where the wind is an issue… Avoid abrasion where and when you can, for longest life.
Smaller backstop nets (aka net savers) can be hung simply by using 4 pieces of rope in each of the 4 corners. Consider leaving a 6-inch space between this net and your expensive batting cage net so that this inexpensive piece can absorb the most abuse.
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.
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 zinc-coated carabiners and aircraft aluminum cable.
I hope this explanation will help you make a better buying decision.