Backyard Batting Cages – At $30 to $40 an hour, renting out a batting cage can really burn a hole in your pocket. Backyard batting cages can help save you hundreds of dollars over time. With an initial investment of around $200 for high-quality cage netting and a steel frame, you can be well on your way towards becoming a better hitter than ever before. If you think about it, $200 is just five hours spent at the local cage, whereas if you have a batting cage in your own backyard, you’ll be able to use it whenever you want, for as long as you want to.
A common misconception is that the break strength of the netting is directly related to its life span. This is not necessarily true. Break strength refers to the amount of load tension that may be placed on a strand of the material before it breaks. Unless you’re already playing in the pros, you probably won’t have to invest in higher break strength, and anything over 100lb will work fine.
But what if you don’t have a training partner to work with? There are a couple of ways to work around buying a thousand-dollar pitching machine until you develop the need to invest in one as well. The old, toss-it-up-and-hit-it method may seem rather primitive, but there’s no denying that it helps batters develop some of the essential skills required in batting such as hand-eye coordination and quickness.