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How to Choose the Right Netting for Home Use

If you find the question of how to choose the right netting for your home or facility daunting, you’ve come to the right place. Here at Practice Sports, we have helped customers find the right netting for their projects since 2001. We even have a custom calculator so that all you need to do is enter some information and then order. In this article, we’ll go over the different types of netting, size options, and how to use the custom net calculator so that you can find the right net to fit your needs.

Poly vs. Nylon Netting

When it comes to choosing the right netting for your home or facility, the first step is to decide on what kind of netting you need. Nets come in two different types of materials — poly and nylon. Let’s start by looking at the differences between the two:

84 Poly


  • Stiffer, with less give than Nylon
  • Less durable than Nylon
  • Weather-Resistant
  • Waterproof
#48 Nylon Netting


  • More durable than Poly
  • Resin Bond provides some weather-resistance
  • Requires NetSeal to be fully waterproof
  • DuPont Nylon is the highest quality Nylon

With this in mind, it makes sense to choose nylon in order to spend less on maintenance, especially if your batting cage or whatever project you’re working on will be outside. On the other hand, if you’re working on a small budget, poly is good for indoor cages. No matter what type of material you end up choosing, it is always important to perform frequent checks to ensure the material is holding up so it will continue to protect your building and players.

Netting Gauges

After deciding what type of material will work best for your project, the next step is to decide on what gauge of netting you need. The gauge is the number that appears after the #. For example, #42 poly netting is 42 gauge. The. gauge in netting 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.

With this in mind, #21 poly works well for Little League, but it is not strong enough to hold up to older players. If you are building a cage for a young child, 21 gauge netting will work for a while, but as they grow, the netting will need to be stronger.

Now, let’s look at some standard netting sizes and materials:

Custom Net Calculator

Of course, the size of netting you need may differ from the custom sizes. In that instance, use our Custom Net Calculator to ensure you get the right amount of netting for your project!

Our Custom Net Calculator simply uses your dimensions, the gauge/type of netting you’d like, plus any extras. Then, voila — prices and ordering options pop up. Although it’s easy to use, let’s go over the three-step process as an example:

Step One – Enter Specs

Before entering specs, you’ll be asked to Select Type. There are four different netting types to choose from, which include tunnel, barrier, hitting cage, or stock sizes.

These options are defined as the following:

  • Tunnels – Custom Batting Cage Nets for Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Cricket, Hockey, or Golf.
  • Barriers – Custom Backstop Nets for Baseball & Softball Fields, Golf Courses & Driving Ranges, Soccer Fields & Volleyball Courts. Safety netting for construction sites is also becoming more popular.
  • Hitting Cages – Custom Open-Sided Hitting Cage for Baseball Backstops or Golf Driving Cages.
  • Stock Sizes – Standard Batting Cage Nets that are already built and ready to order.

Once you choose what type of structure you’ll be building, it’s time to enter the sport and dimensions. Depending on type, different options are available in a dropdown menu, such as:

  • Tunnel – Baseball, Lacrosse / Hockey, Golf
  • Barrier – Baseball, Golf, Lacrosse / Hockey, Soccer / Basketball
  • Hitting Cage – Baseball, Golf, Lacrosse / Hockey

Choose the option that fits the type of netting you need, and then enter the dimensions. The dimensions needed are as follows:

  • Tunnel – Length, Width, and Height in feet and inches
  • Barrier – Length and Height in feet and inches
  • Hitting Cage – Width, Depth, and Height in feet and inches

After choosing the type and entering the dimensions, click calculate to produce a list of options, like the following:

Step Two: Choose Options / Upgrades

Next, choose the option that you want, enter the quantity you need, and click select net. Afterward, a new box will pop up that will tell you what features are standard and allow you to choose any upgrades you might want for your net.


Step Three: Calculate Total and Buy Now / Save as Quote

Once you’ve made all of your decisions and decided on the net you want, click “calculate total.” An add-to-cart button will appear and you can click this button to either order your netting immediately or save your quote for a later time. Once you purchase the cusstom netting, your net will be built to your specifications and shipped to you.

However, there are a few more things to note when ordering custom nets:

  • *Average lead-time for custom nets: 10-15 business days
  • *Shipping costs are only estimates & subject to change. Upon a change you will receive an email within 1 business day with the option to cancel.
  • *Shipping estimates are for 48 continental US states only. Other locations should contact us for a quote.
  • *Non-traditional netting dimensions may result in a variance from listed prices (due to wasted material or excess labor). If there is a price change you will be notified within 1 business day, with an option to cancel for a refund.

And that’s it! You’ll be practicing in no time!


Click here if you need further help with the Net Calculator or figuring out what type of netting is best for you. As always, feel free to Contact Us with any questions or help with ordering the right items to meet your needs.

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