Backyard baseball batting cages gives you an opportunity to practice at home at your convenient time. Choosing the right cage type helps to improve playing skills and gets you value for your money.
Consider these important points before making a purchase
Size: take the measurement of the available space in your backyard to determine the right size for you. Standard sizes range from 20′ in length up to 70′ or 80′ lengths. Players that desire to simulate a professional pitching environment will go for one that is 70 feet long. If standard dimensions do not work for you, consider a custom product.
Frame: Materials and craftsmanship of the frame determines the quality, safety and durability of the product. Since the frame is the support system of the cage, get a study material that will not warp or bend when hit by a ball or due to weather exposure. Metal is the common choice with well coated steel pipes offering the best durability and support. Don’t forget to test the flexibility of the frame. A ball that hits a frame with little or no give can rebound and is capable of harming players.
L-Screen: To safeguard the pitcher (or pitching machine) during batting practice, an L-screen is needed as this allows the pitcher to throw a ball while the screen protects his/her body. Some kits come with this screen which is usually made of the same materials as the frame and net.
Netting: this is normally made from polyethylene or nylon, twine size indicates net thickness. A #21 poly net is good for moderate use in a batting cage, though hard hitters and frequent users may want to look for a #36 poly net or higher. Most commercial batting cages use at least #36. Nylon is stronger and therefore, more expensive, but a wise investment nevertheless. Most manufacturers offer netting with UV protection which is ideal for cages that are left outside in the backyard for prolonged periods of time.
Stake-Down Kit: this is not always included in the package, it protects the cage from high winds. The stake down kit normally includes stakes, wires and carabiners, which are metal latching mechanisms. A better trouble-free approach is buying a complete batting cage package that contains both frame and matching net. A good number of packages for backyard baseball batting cages comes with the L-screen protection. All you need to do is follow the step-by-step installation guide to set it up. Where is the best place to buy them? Look for them at an established sports equipment distributor that provides quality products and consistent service. Improve batting skills and practice quality with high quality backyard baseball batting cages.