For our second round of testing, we decided to back up to 45 feet, a distance more commonly seen from home plate to the backstop wall. Also, we used a slower, less powerful pitching machine, dialed to a max speed of just 65 mph.
Our Conclusion (Just as before):
Twisted Knotted 350 lb tensile strength Dyneema netting is still the recommended netting for backstop use at both Collegiate and Professional levels of baseball. Our team at Netting Professionals has over 40 years of backstop netting installation experience. We do not recommend Ultra-Cross netting for backstops under any circumstances. At only 185 pound breaking strength, it is proven too weak to withstand substantial impact from baseballs behind home plate.
Our testing also demonstrated that the weakest point of the Ultra-Cross netting is at the mesh joint. Just as in our first test, the netting failed at the joint as shown in the photos included in this article.
Shown below are the details of the test:
- Netting Tested: 4 Ply Ultra-Cross Knotless Dyneema (Break Strength 185 lbs)
- Pitching Machine: ATEC Rookie Baseball
- Pitching Machine Dial Setting: 10 (max speed)
- Pitching Machine Manufacturer Specs for max speed: 65 mph
- Sample Size: 48" x 48" rigid frame
- Impact Distance: 45 feet
- Impacts to Failure: 1 impact (Netting Failed at First Impact)
- Test Date: 10/18/2016