There are many types of tennis court nets readily available worldwide. However, when it comes to finding a high-quality tennis net, a few recurring considerations exist. Our tennis nets buying guide is a simple manual to explain the differences in our tennis court nets:
What is Tennis Net Twine Thickness?
A general rule is, ‘the thicker the twine, the longer the net will last’. Different manufacturers use different qualities of twine, different preparation methods and different stitching techniques, all of which add to the quality of the product.
For example, high profile events and many tennis clubs throughout the world use nets with 3.5mm braided twine. For schools and parks we recommend a net with 2.5mm twisted twine.
What Kind of Headband Material is Best?
The headband of a tennis net refers to the, usually white, band that’s at the top of the tennis net. We have three great options available to suit all requirements and budgets.
The standard headband option and usually the cheapest is a vinyl coated polyester headband. These headbands use a lower standard material, but due to the vinyl coating, they’re hard wearing and ideal for public areas or school use.
Another option is the standard polyester headband which is popular with most tennis clubs and private courts. These headbands have more of a fabric feel. In general, players tend to prefer this effect.
The third option is known as a premium polyester headband and this is the top choice for professional tennis clubs and events. These headbands are bright white which aids visibility of the top of the net.
Should Nets Have Double Stitching or Quad Stitching?
At Stadia we offer both double and quad stitching. These stitching options refer to the number of rows of stitching connecting the headband to the actual net. You should make your decision based on the net’s location and purpose.
To put it simply, four (quad) rows of stitching is usually stronger than two (double) rows of stitching. Hence, we recommend quad-stitched tennis nets for professional clubs and double stitched tennis nets for lower levels.
What is the Double Netting Option?
A ‘double netting top’ is when the net is folded back on itself by the headband for the first 6 rows of mesh. This is the area of the net that’s likely to take the most impact from the ball so a double section of netting will last much longer than a single. Although it isn’t necessarily the most aesthetically pleasing option and won’t feature at major tournaments, nets like this have a considerably longer lifespan without much extra cost.
Despite this, the need for double netting top depends on the overall quality of each element that makes up the net. This is because different manufacturers will offer different standards of netting twine and of stitching, as well as different manufacturing methods.
Important: You must only compare nets of different specifications against their own brand. This is because a high quality double stitched headband will be stronger than a poor quality quad-stitched headband.
We’re proud to be recommended suppliers of the high-end sporting manufacturer, Edwards. As such, we cater to parks and play areas right through to International Championships. There are a handful of extra operations that go into Edwards tennis nets which are closely guarded secrets. It is these extra operations that make Edwards tennis nets outlast all others.
Our website can guide you through these options and help you select the right tennis nets for your particualr needs.
Tennis Nets Buying Guide