What Is a Baseball Net?

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A 95 mile-per-hour fastball takes four-tenths of a second to get from the pitcher's hand to the catcher's mitt, giving you even less time to decide whether or not, and where, to swing. Baseball skills require constant upkeep. Miss a practice, lose a beat and the ball is by you. Baseball nets help you stay sharp, even when nobody else is around to practice with you.

Practice Makes Perfect

  • Nylon baseball nets are used for practice. A batter can hit softly tossed baseballs or balls off a tee into the net to work on her swing. A pitcher can use specially designed nets with strike zone cutouts to practice his pitching, safely working on high-velocity deliveries without a catcher. Nets catch baseballs, slow them down and keep them in a confined area so that you're not running all over the field after them, allowing you to practice by yourself or with a small group. And they help keep people in the area safe. Some nets are portable, framed with tentlike poles that can be put together on the spot. Other nets are more permanent, using sturdy metal frames that need to be assembled with tools.

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