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How Do I Choose the Proper Batting Cage Twine Size?

How Do I Choose the Proper Batting Cage Twine Size?

Choosing the right batting cage twine size is crucial for creating a safe and durable practice space for baseball or softball players. When selecting the twine size, there are a few key factors to consider, such as the material, thickness, and strength.

First, you should consider the material of the twine. Nylon and polyethylene are the most commonly used materials for batting cage twine. Nylon is more durable and has a higher tensile strength and highly recommended for indoor hitting facilities, while high density polyethylene (HDPE) is UV resistant, more affordable and more lightweight than nylon.

#42 HDPE Netting

#42 Nylon Netting

Next, the thickness of the twine is important as it affects the durability and strength of the batting cage. Thicker twine is generally stronger and more durable, but it may also be heavier and more difficult to work with.

Finally, the strength of the twine is measured in terms of its tensile strength, which is the maximum amount of force the twine can withstand before breaking. The strength required for your batting cage will depend on the size of the cage, the type of balls being used, and the level of play.

Based on these factors, here are some general recommendations for twine material and twine sizes for your batting cage:

  • For Outdoor Cages, we recommend HDPE #24, #36, #42 twine size. The lower the number, the lower the tensile strength. These sizes range from 140 pounds breaking strength per strand to 220 pounds breaking strength. Lower twine sizes are good for younger hitters in a backyard cage. We recommend #36 - #42 for Middle School to High School and #42 for College to Big Leaguers.
  • For Indoor Facilities: If finances permit, we recommend nylon for indoor facilities. Twine sizes #42, #72 and #96 are frequently used in these facilities. Nylon nets are stronger and more durable but are not UV resistant and absorb water both of which cause these nets to rot. If nylon nets cost more than you're able to afford, it's perfectly acceptable to use these nets indoor as well.
  • IMPORTANT: do your homework as not all twine sizes are the same in actuality. Our competitors often use lesser quality, strength, materials, and size and advertise it as something more than it is.

Choosing the right size cage and twine size is crucial for the safety of players and the longevity of your batting cage. It's always a good idea to consult with a experienced professionals when making this decision. Batting Cages Inc. is the top retailer of batting cages in the continental United States and we're here to help you! Give us a call at (800) 463-6865 so we can help you select the right size batting cage and twine size for your application.

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