August 31, 2011

Custom "Pillowcase-Style" Sock Nets

We recently facilitated the production and supply of some custom "pillowcase-style" sock screen nets for a university baseball program in Indiana.  There were 3 custom nets that were required to be built to fit over their steel framing, and each were to have a central portal with 'sock/catch' netting sewn-in to collect baseballs within.  Sock-screens are nets that are generally used for batting practice and swing-training off of tees, and also for close range impacts and collection of soft-toss balls.  Generally installed over square-shaped frames, the "pillowcase-style" design enables the netting to slide over the top of the frame, encapsulating it within 2 walls of netting.  Basically, the netting is seamed on the sides and the top edge but not on the bottom side (hence, the "pillowcase" description).

These 3 custom nets were constructed to the sizing of 78" X 78" and feature the #36 X 1-3/4" DuPont® type 66-728 twisted-knotted nylon netting.  The central portal area to hit into had a measurement of 47" X 39", which is a fairly typical dimension for products like these.  The sock/catch netting was sewn-in allowing for approximately 30" of mesh coming out the back of the screen.  All edges and sewing was reinforced with the 5/16" braided Dacron® rope bordering.
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-Josh Grzyb @

August 30, 2011

Update/Followup on the Previous Post

Last week we had created a post describing a unique custom netting job for a customer's specific golf framing that they had fabricated, and you can take a look at the details of that particular write-up by clicking here.
We were forwarded over some pictures of the completed installation of the custom nets, and the great results that were reported.  You can view the following three photos for some additional context into the custom netting design and supply, and how the final product was applied to their structure.

-Josh Grzyb @

August 26, 2011

Netting for a Custom Framing

This week we had an inquiry into providing some custom-shaped nylon netting that needed to be secured within a customized framing structure that had been built.  Our customer had initially emailed over some photographs of the unique frame that they had developed for a golf impact application - and then had followed up with some details on measurements and installation methods.  After suggesting a few different netting solutions and providing a series of quotes and drawings, we were able to collaborate on the dimensions and netting features that would best suit their application.

Golf impact netting is the 3/4" mesh knotted nylon, and there are two twine thicknesses available from to select from.  The lighter weight #15 twine is great for general golf ball containment for closely hit shots/drives.  The thicker #21 twine is the optimal choice for high-abrasion applications and as primary impact netting for golf shots.  So for the following netting production and usage, our customer opted to surround the majority of the containment area with the #15 X 3/4" knotted nylon netting, and then reinforce the central area of the custom framing with a secondary layer of high-strength #21 X 3/4" knotted nylon netting.  All three netting panels were produced in the diamond mesh pattern with the 5/16" Dacron® rope bordering installed (sewn-in) around the perimeter.  For connections to their framing they opted to go with the bungee-ball attachment straps that we have available.

Some unique aspects of this particular job were:
  • custom tapered shape to fit as closely as possible to the 3-dimensional top shelf of the framing
  • rope riblines installed through the netting panels to act as attachment/connection points
  • leadline bottom (weighted line) on the primary impact panel net
The best way to get started on attaining some quotes for netting solutions for custom applications is to use our contact page and forward over your dimensions, intended usage, and details/preferences for what you are seeking to accomplish.
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-Josh Grzyb @

Custom Nylon Netting for Sports Facility

Indoor sports training facilities are generally quite unique establishments that cater to a wide variety of athletes and activities.  Here at we have years of experience supplying a very diverse spectrum of indoor training facilities with custom barrier netting.  We have facilitated netting to be installed within very large arenas, as well as more modestly-sized practice spaces.  Regardless of the amount of area that is required to contain balls/objects, we have a really great selection of netting options to consider - and all of the knotted nylon netting choices can be produced to any dimensions, as well as a variety of custom shapes and tapers.

The main considerations to account for as you plan your installation of barrier netting for the training space are:
  • diameter/size of the objects needing to be contained (baseball, soccer, golf, etc.).
  • amount of wear/abrasion that you expect the netting to be subject to.
  • visual preferences (thinner twine netting vs. thicker).
  • areas that you may need to pass-through or gain access to other parts of the facility.
  • planning for how the netting will be hung/suspended, and if the building itself is already conducive for the netting installation (rafters, cables, walls, etc.).
There are also other general preference considerations that you may want to make based on your own personal ideas, and we can certainly assist as much as possible as far as that side of things.  All things considered, the best bet for sourcing barrier netting for the indoor sports/training facility is the DuPont® Type 66-728 Twisted-Knotted Nylon Netting that we specialize in supplying.  This material is very high-quality, extremely user-friendly, features a high tensile strength and abrasion resistance, and we have a long history of providing netting panels according to any dimensions (and many shapes) in order for your facility to be as professional and functional as possible.

You can view many examples of custom netting productions on the Gourock site, as well and throughout this company blog.  Over the last 2 weeks we have facilitated an interesting netting job for a sports facility in Ohio, and you can view the interesting dimensions and shapes that were required for the building.  The selected netting was the #21 X 1-3/4" knotted nylon, diamond mesh pattern, with all edges featuring the 5/16" Dacron® rope bordering installed.  This is probably the most commonly selected netting type and construction for most general multipurpose sports facilities, as the #21 twine is a fantastic value that functions extraordinarily well for most sports.  And due to the tapered shape requirements, the diamond mesh pattern is required - as has been written about previously in this blog (click here for reference).

The best way to get started on getting some pricing quotes for your facility or building is to contact us and forward over the list of panel sizes and quantities that you need.  Diagrams or drawings are certainly accepted, and it is also good to know the types of objects that are required to be contained within the space.
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-Josh Grzyb @

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