Choosing a Tennis Net

The type of net you choose depends on frequency of use, the length of your playing season and the type of court surface. Courts with heavy usage and/or long playing seasons need a net that will last and look good over extended periods of time.

The best nets are made of braided net cord and typically have double the mesh at the top 6 rows, side pockets for fiberglass dowels (that help hold the net taut) and vinyl-coated steel cables. Braided nets are better than twisted because they’re stronger and absorb more energy. When a ball hits the net it drops closer to the net instead of rebounding off it. Polyethylene and polyester make good net materials because they are resistant to fading from UV radiation and weather well. The type of court surface as well as personal preference dictates which headband is appropriate. Headbands are usually vinyl or polyester duck, often with double layers and 4 rows of lock stitching to hold the layers together. Nets with polyester duck headbands are better for hard courts than for soft courts, where surface material can easily stick to and stain the fabric. Vinyl headbands are more common on soft courts because they’re easier to clean and more dirt resistant. However, balls can tend to skid wildly off vinyl headbands, which is less likely with a duck headband because the duck material absorbs the ball’s energy and doesn’t speed up the ball.

COURTMASTER TENNIS NETS

We are proud to feature Courtmaster® Tennis Nets. We believe they are by far the best nets available and provide superior quality that will last for years. In fact, our customers feel proud installing the best nets available for every court they recondition or build. If tennis courts are to be used regularly and be player friendly, they must look tidy, clean and well maintained. The cost of the best net is small compared with the cost of losing players due to poor court appearance. So be a hero to your customers by representing and promoting quality!

ANATOMY OF A COURTMASTER TENNIS NET

The following diagram of a Courtmaster Tidyfit Royale Tennis Net highlights the various features that are important in selecting a net. Features such as the cable, the net body construction and the side bands are all important and play a role on how long your tennis net will last and how well it will stand up to the elements.

Anatomy of the Courtmaster Tidyfit Royale Net

UNDERSTANDING QUALITY

Reading through tennis net suppliers’ literature can be very confusing. It seems that very few net specs really match up, and so it is impossible to compare apples to apples. People usually try to compare the diameter or thickness of the yarn used (2.8mm, 3mm, 3.5mm, or 4mm). But even this comparison is difficult at best and misleading at worst since there is no accepted industry standard for measuring yarn diameter, and trying to actually measure each brand yields many different diameters. Therefore, you simply cannot come up with an apples-to-apples comparison. But there are other elements that are inherent in a quality net. For example, an important consideration when talking about the diameter of net yarn is whether it is a solid core yarn or a non-core yarn. Solid core yarns are stronger and stretch less than non-core yarns, making them look and wear better over time.

DURABILITY BUILT INTO EVERY NET

Most or our net models have double-layered headbands of coated/laminated vinyl, with built in anti-fungal treatment. The two layers of vinyl headband material are the heaviest in the industry. Our polyester thread is the heaviest thread any double needle sewing machine can sew. It is the most abrasion-resistant thread with the greatest tensile strength of any headband thread used in our industry. Our headbands are sewn via a lock-stitch method, which results in the thread being much harder to unravel if cut. On all of our vinyl headbands, we fold under the bottom edge for a clean, non-fraying finish. The net bodies on all our nets use 1-23/32” size mesh vs. the industry standard of 1-¾” size mesh. Our smaller mesh size guarantees that balls cannot go through the net, even under Top 10 men’s play. Our top-of-the-line net bodies are braided polypropylene solid-core yarn except for the four hand-woven double top six products. Our braided knots are heat set to assure no knot slippage, and therefore the mesh holds its shape in all circumstances. All of our top net models come with 5/8” fiberglass dowel side stakes. Sidebands utilize 3” wide, 18 oz. non-glare black vinyl, which is folded under on both side edges for a tidy, clean-cut look. No other net supplier folds its sidebands under. Most of our competition use 14 oz. vinyl sidebands and are anywhere from 2 ¼” to 2 ½” wide. Ours are 3”. We use two rows of black polyester thread (the same quality as used in our headbands), lock-stitched on our sidebands. The net cable used in our eight top net models is 3/16” white vinyl-coated airplane cable with 3,600-lb. tensile strength, double clamped on deadhead loop. We put a special feature on the winder end of the cables called a flexi-loop. This flexi-loop feature makes attaching the cable to the winder pin much easier as well as winding the cable. We are the only company in industry that does this. The bottom bands on all regular size tennis nets are 1-¾” wide while our Tidyfit net models use a 2-½” wide bottom band. These are all made of 18 oz. black non-glare vinyl sewn using two rows of black polyester thread, the same thread and the same lock-stitching as used on our sidebands. We fold the bottom band under on all five of our top tennis net models for that smooth, non-frayed look.

DURABILITY TRANSLATES INTO BETTER-LOOKING NETS AND SUPERIOR TENNIS COURTS

Vinyl headbands and wider, non-glare sidebands are sewn folded under to provide a symmetric look and prevent fraying. Net bodies have smaller mesh size and tight heat-set knots to prevent slippage. Many models have wider bottom bands sewn folded under. Exclusive flexi-loop on cable simplifies installation and prolongs cable life.

Do It Tennis offers several different Tennis Nets from which to choose. You will find a larger selection of similar items in our Tennis Court Equipment category.