Batting Cage Net Terminology: What Does Gauge Mean? By admin | Published on November 29, 2019April 22, 2020 When it comes to netting for batting cages, there’s often a lot of questions. For instance, what’s the difference between nylon and Poly? Easy answer: Poly is less durable than nylon, so is considered more of a hobby or backyard material. Nylon is a more durable material, so if you want your netting to last more than a couple of seasons, you should consider nylon for your net. Another one of the more confusing aspects of batting cage netting is the gauge of the net. You’ll often see this symbol, “#” and a number in front of the netting material. Like #21 Poly, or #60 Nylon, for example. That number is the gauge of the net and it refers to the diameter of the twine of the batting cage net. With batting cage netting, the higher the number; the thicker the twine diameter. The thicker the twine diameter, the more durable it is, and the more durable it is, the longer the lifespan of the net. Here’s a look at a side by side comparison of netting gauges: But what do those names mean for the consumer? It breaks down like this: The #21 is great for Little League use, but it won’t hold up to the wear and tear of regular use from older players. So, if you want that net you’re buying for your Little Leaguer to get them through high school, you should consider purchasing a higher gauge batting cage net net. #36 is our minimum gauge recommendation for high school age players. Again, the material plays a part, so if you’re just looking for a net to get you by for a couple of seasons, a #36 poly will do the trick, but if you’re looking for a longer lasting net, remember to buy nylon. #42 gauge nylon batting cage net is usually our minimum recommendation for university level players, who are typically bigger and stronger than high school players. More often than not, though, many organizations are looking for a net that that’s going to last them a long time and end up purchasing… #60 gauge nylon, which is our minimum recommendation for all commercial facilities. #60 nylon is a professional grade batting cage net; built to withstand the daily abuse from professional players, as well as the thousands of swings that the nets in most commercial facilities face on a daily basis. Purchasing inadequate netting for your players means you can be spending more time and money on replacement netting over the long haul. Inadequate netting can also be a safety hazard, so be sure to choose the right batting cage net for your players. For a closer look at the differences between netting materials and gauges, have a look at the Net Examiner from Practice Sports. The Net Examiner is just one of the many tools that Practice Sports used to help our customers make the right choices about the equipment they purchase. Our Net Calculator helps customers receive instant quotes on custom sized nets to help them purchase the right net for their needs and budget.