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Can I Use My Batting Cage Net For Golf?

We get asked this question a lot, and the short answer to whether or not your batting cage net can be used for golf is, “No.” However, the long answer is, “Probably.” Let’s take a closer look and see how we can make this work.

First, you’ll need to know a little bit about the differences between batting cage nets and golf nets.

Batting cage nets feature a mesh size of 1-3/4 inch or 1-7/8 inch. (The mesh size refers to the size of the squares, or openings, of the net.) That size is perfect for trapping baseballs, but way too large to prevent golf balls from passing through.

For practicing your golf game, you need netting designed to trap golf balls. Golf ball netting has a mesh size of 7/8 inch.

Ok, now that I can see the difference between the two nets, there’s a simple solution, right? Can’t I just build my entire batting cage tunnel out of golf mesh? Of course you can build your entire batting cage tunnel out of golf mesh, but before you do there’s something important to consider.. The mesh size for golf is significantly smaller, so significantly more material and labor is required to build the net. This means a golf net can be approximately twice as expensive as a baseball net of the same size. Consequently, building an entire batting cage tunnel out of golf mesh can be prohibitively expensive in many cases.

Now what?

So, batting cage net mesh is too large to contain golf balls, and building the entire cage out of golf ball mesh is too expensive. What’s the answer? The simplest solution is to create a golf hitting cage that you can clip up inside your batting cage.

The easiest way to create a golf hitting cage is to visit our net calculator.

Select the hitting cage option and then select golf from the drop down menu.

Now, enter the dimensions of one end of your tunnel. For example, if your batting cage net is 12 ft high, enter 12 ft as your height, if the cage is 12 wide, enter 12 ft as your width and for your depth select at least 10 feet as a minimum.

There are two options for the thickness of the twine of your golf net; #18 gauge and #36 gauge. You can read more about gauge if you’d like, but basically the rule of thumb is, the higher the number, the thicker the twine, the longer the lifespan. For a golf cage that’s going to be coming into contact with baseballs as well as golf balls, we recommend #36 nylon.

You’ll also see that there are two color options. Golf nets are white, but if you’re using it in a batting cage, you’ll want a black net so that it doesn’t distract the baseball or softball hitter.

If you’re concerned about the added costs of those options, you can always take the golf net down whenever it’s not in use. However, depending on how much you’re using the net, avoiding the ongoing annoyance of having to clip up and take down the golf net may be worth the extra cost.

Be sure to attach the border rope and ceiling rib lines of the golf net to the border rope and ceiling rib lines of the batting cage net.

With a little additional investment, you can utilize your batting cage net to do double duty as a golf hitting cage.

As always, if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments below, and remember we’re here to help you practice, better.

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