When going through the process of buying a tennis court net, it can be overwhelming to choose from all the different types of tennis nets from the numerous tennis net manufacturers. Unless you want to simply replace your current tennis net with the exact same net, it can be difficult to choose the net that best suits your needs. Below, we present a tennis court net buying guide. Our goal is to simplify the information and explain what you should be looking for when deciding which tennis net to purchase.
The Anatomy of the Tennis Net:
1. The Tennis Net Body: the main section of the tennis net
- The best material for the tennis net body is polyethylene and polyester because these products are resistant to fading from UV radiation and other weathering effects.
- The “mm” measurement is the thickness of the net cord. The thicker the net cord, the longer the net should last. Typically, tennis court nets are made of 2.5 mm – 3.5 mm net cord.
- Braided nets are stronger and absorb more energy. Therefore when a ball hits a braided net, it will drop closer to the net instead of bouncing off of it.
- Some tennis nets have an extra layer of the net body at the top 4, 6, or 7 rows. The reason for this is that the top of the net is the area that gets the most abuse or wears and tear. Therefore, the extra netting will provide a longer-lasting life for the net.
2. The Tennis Net Headband
- Most tennis net headbands are made of vinyl or polyester materials. The headband should have two layers of material (or referred to as double layers) and should have a minimum of four layers of a double stitching to hold the two layers together.
- Some manufactures offer tennis nets with the option of vinyl or polyester headbands. A vinyl headband is great for all tennis surfaces, especially soft courts (clay) because the vinyl headbands can be easily cleaned. A polyester headband is not recommended for soft courts because the headbands can get dirty from the clay and it is difficult to remove algae and mildew from polyester headbands. So in conclusion, vinyl headbands are good for all surfaces and polyester headbands should only be used on hard court surfaces.
3. Side and Bottom Bands
- The stitching is the key element to consider concerning the side and bottom bands. The side and bottom bands should have at least two rows of polyester stitching.
- For the side pockets, fiberglass dowels (or side sticks) are better than wood dowels. Fiberglass dowels will last the lifetime of the tennis net, whereas wood dowels can break or deteriorate over time.
4. Tennis Net Cable
- The tennis net cable should be 47’ long and vinyl coated. Most tennis net cables are 5/32” to ¼” loops at both ends with a 2,600 lb. breaking strength.
We hope we gave you enough information so that you can make a knowledgeable decision on which tennis net to purchase.
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