About table tennis net system
The table tennis net system incorporates both the net and the posts that hold it taut while you play. With a net that is well-fitted and up to international playing standards, you can perfect the game. However, saggy nets or those that don’t fit your table can frustrate you.
Of course, the net’s job is to divide the table into two equal parts for you and your opponent. This helps both of you adhere to table tennis rules in your gameplay. Both players can determine how best to use their paddles, so the ball lands on the opposite side of the net. An ill-positioned net would make this hard to do.
Additionally, there are three main types of nets, which include clamping, clip-on, and retractable options, all of which have found a place on the list above.
How to choose the best table tennis net and posts set
The nets mentioned above also come with posts. However, in some cases, it is possible just to buy a net if the posts from your last purchase are still in perfect working condition. With that said, choosing a table tennis net and post set shouldn’t be too hard, especially if you take the guidelines below seriously.
Table size and thickness
The standard table size for ping pong is about 60 inches. However, there are mini tables as well, and for these, there is no standard. They tend to be about ¾ of the size of regulation size tables.
That being said, most of you aren’t going to be using mini ping pong tables. Consequently, you need to be sure your net runs the full width of the table.
As you will have noted from the list above, most nets will have a length of about 72”. This caters even to the distance left between the post and the table. Thickness is an area where tables vary. Some will be less than 1” thick while others can even feature 2” thickness with the example of the Hipiwe Retractable Table Tennis Net Replacement.
Most options fall smack in the middle of the two extremes mentioned above, and hence attachment systems that cater to a 1.5” maximum thickness are quite common. You can find out the thickness of your table beforehand in a bid to ensure your purchase’s attachment system will be a good fit.
Attachment system of the net
There are two main attachment systems that you can get in your net purchase. The first is a clamp or screw-on system, while the other is a clip-on option. In professional settings, the former is preferred since it is often more stable. However, attaching them to the table takes more time.
Clip-on nets are easy to attach and barely take any time. However, these attachment systems are not as stable as the competition. That being said, they hold their own quite well in situations where they don’t receive a lot of use. An example of a clip-on net system is the Comesee Kioos CS-101 Collapsible Table Tennis Net.
Conversely, the DHS Table Tennis Net & Post Set #P104 shows how a clamp attachment system would look.
Additionally, a net that isn’t stable is going to be a problem during games. As such, the buyer needs to ensure it can clasp firmly onto the edge of the table for added stability. After all, you don’t want to pause mid-game so you can re-fasten the net as that will disrupt the flow.
Tension and height adjustment
Remember that according to the international table tennis federation, the net height should be 15.25cm above the table while you are playing. Just fastening the net to the posts on the side of the table may not be enough to achieve this. However, if you have tension and height adjustment in your purchase, you can make the necessary changes. As such, nets like the JOOLA Snapper 31013 Professional Table Tennis Net that have an easy-to-use tension and height adjustment system can be a steal.
Extra features in a table tennis net can also be welcome. Some of them include being weatherproof for outdoor gaming or the net being retractable for easier storage. Accessories like a carry bag may also count. If you find other features that benefit you, add them to the criteria that help you decide if a net is for you or not.