Tennis may be the sport most associated with a net — that, and a racquet. No matter where you’re situated in the world, you’ll always find a net planted right there in the middle of the court, dividing the play area in half and creating obstacles players must clear to earn a point. The net is an essential part of the game. It’s also become, apart from the practice wall, a necessary part of training specific skill sets and preventing balls from “straying” outside the play area.
Being in the sports equipment industry, Golf Range Netting knows a thing or two about tennis netting. So, we figured the time was right to answer some of the most common questions about this range of products.
Do Tennis Net Heights Vary in Size?
The simple answer is no. Tennis net heights don’t vary, with the standard being 42 inches (or 3½ feet) at the poles and 36 inches (or 3 feet) in the middle — though the variation in height is primarily due to the strap or band. This is generally no wider than 2 inches that anchor the net to the ground at the center of the court. As far as other tennis net dimensions go, the standard width of a tennis net is 504 inches (or 42 feet), slightly wider than the 432 inches (or 36 feet) width of a standard doubles tennis court.
Are Pickleball Nets the Same Height as Tennis Nets?
With the ever-growing popularity of pickleball, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the question we’ve been fielding a lot can be summed up in nine simple words: Is pickleball net same height as tennis nets? Again, the answer is no. It’s a bit lower. In pickleball, the standard height of the net is 36 inches (or 3 feet) at the poles and 34 inches at the middle. The variance is due to the natural sag in a net of that width — which is also different from tennis net dimensions. A pickleball net should be 264 inches (or 22 feet) wide by regulation standards.
Do Tennis Courts Need Tennis Barrier Nets?
“Need” is a bit of a misleading term. Tennis courts don’t necessarily need barrier nets, but they come in handy. At a gym or tennis club, it isn’t uncommon to find multiple tennis courts side-by-side, and their use can significantly reduce the chances that a stray ball will get in the way of play or lead to an injury on an adjacent court. A tennis ball underfoot can easily lead to a sprain, so barrier netting provides safety and security — and a bit of court designation in the process. In a competition setting, tennis barriers can help protect spectators from those same stray balls. The last thing anyone wants is to injure a fan of the game.
Can You Leave Tennis Nets Up All Year Long?
The answer to this question depends mainly on the climate. The combination of moisture and freezing temperatures can do an actual number on netting, reducing the lifespan of the equipment. It’s often best to store tennis nets in a dry space during the winter months to prevent damage or compromise the structural integrity of the materials. The same would be true for any barrier nets used on the courts.
Is A Tennis Net Rebounder Worth the Investment?
It certainly can be. Suppose you don’t have access to a practice wall. In that case, a tennis net rebounder can help players work on specific shots, improve hand-eye coordination, and allow a coach or parent to watch someone’s forehand, backhand, and so on for instructional purposes. Besides, it’s a great piece of equipment for warm-ups. No one needs to be involved other than the player, and the freestanding tennis net rebounder is generally portable. It can be taken anywhere.
Netting is essential to tennis. There are no two ways around it. Contact us today if you’d like to learn more about our products. A Golf Range Netting staff will be more than happy to cater to any of your questions or provide additional information.