Table Tennis Nets Buying Guide
If you're looking for a way to pass time in your rec room or have a lifelong fascination with table tennis, why not consider getting a table? The activity is a great way to get active and to improve your hand-eye coordination, plus it's a fun social activity that will get everyone involved. Many ping pong tables come with their own net , but if you need a replacement or have aspirations to getting to tournament level, this guide will give you some advice on what to look for.
Table tennis, or ping pong, is played on a table that is bisected by a net into two separate courts. This net consists of netting and equipment to suspend it: a cord that is attached at each end of the table by an upright post approximately 15.25 cm high, and clamps that attach these posts to the table. The bottom of the net should be as close as possible to the playing surface, and the net edges should be as close as possible to the clamped posts.
Types of Nets
- Universal nets are usually sold separately and designed to fit ping pong tables of pretty much any brand (they may not fit tables that have a dedicated net/post set, so be aware). Some sets have extra wide clamps that will fit tables with thickly-framed centre areas. These nets must be removed before the table is moved or stored.
- Special net and post sets are intended to fit specific roll-away style ping pont tables. These attach to the table frame, and can be left there even when the table is stored.
- Tournament approved sets can be adjusted with regard to height, net tension (via a cord through the top of the net), and width (which can be adjusted 6 inches beyond the side of the table). Now we're getting fancy!
- Home or recreational sets usually do not include the features of tournament nets. Instead, they tend to be made of thinner, lighter materials and are not really suited to repeated removal and re-installation.