From looking on the internet or through golf and baseball catalogs, you can tell this is a very competitive industry. Whenever one company makes something new, everyone else follows suit. Different companies come up with rather creative names for the same product. We are innovators in the industry. We have made nets and batting cages since 1963. Our products are top quality and have been leading the industry for over 40 years. In addition to carrying the industry’s top of the line cages and turf, we try to have some of the best pricing and customer support possible. Here, we are honest and actually care about helping our customers.
Our standard Poly and Nylon nets are all made by hand. They feature heavy duty rope borders. Further, the rope borders of our nets are weaved through the mesh and sewn into the cage. Other companies call this “Posi-Lock” stitching. What this does is reduce the friction of the rope border against the net as well as make an even line of stress across the net instead of only a few attached points. After your net is sewn, we check every net with a black light for any imperfections or tears. Lastly, we hang your batting cage before you ever get it, just to make sure that everything is correct.
Many companies use different sizes and codes to try to conceal from the customer the actual thickness of the net. A general rule is the higher the number the thicker the net. But be careful, just because one company might call a net the Premier 2000 Series, does not mean it is a stronger net than a #45 twine.. (Our strongest Poly net) A good rule of thumb is to call and ask for a sample. If they will not send a sample, I would be wary.
Nylon is the traditional material developed by DuPont over 70 years ago. Nylon is produced in a white color, and can be treated/dyed into any color. Nylon offers the highest initial break strength. It is initially much stronger material than Polypropylene or Polyethylene. But Nylon has two drawbacks: Nylon absorbs water and breaks down in UV light. Although the UV coating helps protect against UV light and water absorption, it is only on the exterior of the net and not in the actual netting fibers themselves. Nylon is by far the strongest material when used indoors, or in a covered practice facility
Break strength is very arbitrary. We do not like to give break strength of our nets. We do not want to be liable, and it is very subjective process. You must consider all the conditions at hand. For instance, our Nylon net installed indoors will by far have the strongest break strength, but put that net in Florida with high humidity, high heat, and strong UV light and in the course of two years that net will be weaker than any of our poly nets.
Twisted netting has knots and consists of three strands twisted together. Knitted netting has no knots and is sewn together. What is stronger depends on how the netting is made, and there is still very much debate among manufacturers and baseball/softball enthusiasts. We believe, when sewn correctly, knitted netting can be stronger. The twisted netting creates knots which stick out from the rest of the net and create initial points of abrasion. Where the knitted netting is flat and will wear evenly
Square mesh nets hang straight up and down, just like the net itself. Diamond mesh hangs sideways and is bulled from side to side. Some companies say that diamond mesh is better and some say that square mesh is better for these two reasons: Diamond mesh is pulled from side to side making the netting stretch absorbing the ball over several meshes, instead of one single spot. Square mesh is easier to assemble/sew and allows the net to hang more “true”. All of our twisted batting cages are square mesh and all of our knitted batting cages are diamond mesh.
The same principals that apply to batting cages and golf cages apply to our turf. We have both nylon and poly turf with or without a foam backing. The nylon turf will be stronger indoors, but outside the UV light will break down the turf making it harden. The poly turf, although not initially as strong as they nylon turf, will hold up better in sunlight thus making it better for outdoor use. The turfs are available with or without padding dpending on the subsurface you are putting the turf on. If you are covering a cmeent floor, I recommend the foam padding. If you are using the turf outside on compacted ground, you will not need the padding.