What Kind of Batting Cage Net Do I Need? By tony | Published on December 3, 2019April 9, 2020 What Kind of Batting Cage Net Do I Need? There are just three factors to consider when determining what kind of batting cage net material you need. What material the net is made of and how thick it is. Whether the net will be used indoors or outdoors. The age of your players and how often they’ll be using the net. Batting Cage Net Material Type There are two batting cage net material types: Poly and Nylon. Poly Short for Polyethylene. Poly batting cage nets are stiffer and less pliable than Nylon nets, which results in a shorter overall life-span than Nylon. This also means that it’s more economical. If you’re building a batting cage on a tight budget, and need a net for casual, recreational use, then Poly is the right material choice for your net. Nylon Nylon is a superior batting cage net material that provides excellent impact absorption and a very high abrasion resistance. The result is a slightly more expensive, yet longer lasting batting cage net compared to Poly. If you’re building a batting cage to use for commercial training, high school, university, or pro teams; or simply want the longest lasting material for your batting cage at home, then Nylon is the right material for you. Batting Cage Net Material Thickness The thickness of the netting, or gauge, refers to the twine diameter of the batting cage net. Every gauge has a number. The higher the number, the thicker the twine diameter, the longer the life span of your net. This chart quickly shows how the thickness of the gauge affects the life span of the net. #36 Nylon is our most popular material. For commercial facilities, we recommend #60 Nylon. Indoors or Out? The second factor to consider before you purchase your batting cage net is whether you will be using your net indoors or out. Indoors Batting Cage Nets don’t have to face the elements, but they can still benefit from our NetSeal Latex Dip, which provides an additional buffer to protect the net from ball impact. Indoor Batting Cage Nets also have specific hardware requirements for installation. Nylon Outdoor Batting Cage Nets face the dual threats of UV Ray Exposure and Moisture Absorption. You can help extend the life of your batting cage net with our NetSealTM Latex Dip which helps make nets water-resistant. Outdoor batting cage nets have specific frame and requirements for installation. Indoors or out, most of our customers, especially the ones installing a cage at home, choose the #36 Nylon. Age of Players and Frequency of Use The third factor to consider when choosing the material and gauge for your batting cage net is the ages of the players hitting. Nets that are suitable for younger players aren’t necessarily suitable for older players. It’s also important to consider how often a net is going to be used. If your batting cage net is going to see thousands of swings a day you may want to consider the added protection of NetSeal Latex Dip. For most of our customers installing a cage at home, the #36 Poly works great, though many customers with residential cages need the added durability of the #42 Poly, or #36 Nylon.