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Table Tennis Net and Post Set

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Discover what you need to know before you buy a net and post set.

Table Tennis Net and Post

A table tennis net isn't one of the most exciting pieces of equipment, but it's still an important one.

There are loads of different styles of net and post sets available, so if you need to buy one you'll need to know what to look for and what to avoid.

Unlike some items of equipment such as the ball, a bad net won't necessarily spoil your game, but if it doesn't look good or it's difficult to set up and adjust, it shouldn't be used for serious play.

So let's take a look at what you need to know about choosing a table tennis net that's suitable for YOUR needs.

 


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What do the rules say about the net and posts?

Law 2.02 states...

THE NET ASSEMBLY

  • The net assembly shall consist of the net, its suspension and the supporting posts, including the clamps attaching them to the table.

  • The net shall be suspended by a cord attached at each end to an upright post 15.25cm high, the outside limits of the post being 15.25cm outside the side line.

  • The top of the net, along its whole length, shall be 15.25cm above the playing surface.

  • The bottom of the net, along its whole length, shall be as close as possible to the playing surface and the ends of the net shall be attached to the supporting posts from top to bottom.

 

So this means that the net must be...

  • 6 feet (1.83m) long
  • 6 inches (15.25 cm) high, and that
  • the top of the net must be the same height along its whole length and
  • the bottom of the net must be as close as possible (but not touching) the playing surface and
  • the ends of the net must be attached to the supporting posts from top to bottom

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International Regulations

Before we go any further, it's important to know the difference between the The Laws of Table Tennis (commonly referred to as the rules) and the International Regulations.

The Laws are the "basic" rules of the game and are mandatory for all sanctioned table tennis events, whereas the International Regulations contain supplementary rules which are used in addition to the Laws in all international events and also in many higher-level domestic events.

So the basic rules for a net are as set out above, but if your net will be used in a competition where the International Regulations are being used, it will also have to be one which has been approved by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). You'll find a list of approved nets below.


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The function of the net

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The net is intended to be an obstacle, but it shouldn't increase the probability of a player gaining a lucky point.

Therefore, a ball hitting the top of the net should fall back on the hitter's side or bounce forwards - it shouldn't just roll over onto the receiver's side.

This means that the tension along the top of the net should be significantly higher than the rest of the net.

Therefore, the fabric must be suspended by a cord which must be tight, and it must be attached relatively firmly to the posts, but hanging from the cord.

Net assemblies which do not have a suspension cord therefore cannot be used in sanctioned events.

But remember, as we discussed above, if your net will be used in a competition where the International Regulations are being used, it will also need to comply with additional criteria and be on the approved list.


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ITTF approved nets

If your net is going to be used in sanctioned events, the net assembly must be one which has been approved by the the International Table Tennis Federation.

And in order to receive ITTF approval, a net assembly must comply with lots of different criteria. These include...

  • The upright post must be a single matt colour, and cannot be white or yellow.
  • The net must be made of soft dark mesh and have a white or pale yellow top (tape) not more than 15mm high.
  • The mesh should be made of spun fibre rather than single filament and the knots should be firm and regular.
  • The mesh should not be less than 7.5mm square or more than 12.5mm square.

 

Table tennis net supporting post

The net supporting post consists of:

  1. upright post
  2. height adjuster
  3. horizontal part of the net post
  4. attaching system (clamp)

Of course, it's important to remember that if you're just playing for fun, then your net will not have to meet all these additional requirements.


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Choosing a suitable net and post set

Well, if you're looking for a table tennis net to use at home, or for a table that won't be used for serious competitive play, then there's a vast range of different nets to choose from.

Although some new table tennis tables have a net and post set supplied with them, in most cases you'll need to choose your own net and post set separately.

Generally, there are three types of net assemblies...

  1. Permanently affixed to the table
  2. Spring loaded clip
  3. Hand tightened screw clamp

 

Table Tennis Net and Post

1. Permanently affixed

Outdoor tables generally have a net assembly which is permanently affixed to the table.

These are usually only the same width as the table, i.e. five feet long, rather than the official length of six feet

Table Tennis Net and Post

and ...

some rollaway tables also have a net assembly which is permanently affixed to the table, although these are usually the correct length of six feet.

Table Tennis Net and Post

2. Spring loaded clip

Some net assemblies use a spring loaded clip to attach the net assembly to the table. These are popular because they're quick and easy to attach to your table.

Table Tennis Net and Post

3. Hand tightened screw clamp

But the most widely used variety are the hand tightened screw clamp.

These provide the best stability and adjustment capabilities.


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What type of table tennis net do you need?

Unless you have a table tennis table which has a net assembly permanently affixed to it, you'll need to choose either a spring loaded clip or a hand tightened screw clamp net assembly.

Table Tennis Net and Post

Spring loaded clip

These type of table tennis nets are easy to attach to a table, and to take off ... so they're great for schools and for home use, or if you're just in a hurry.

However, the spring clip can become worn over time and you'll find that it'll become more difficult to keep it in place.

 

Table Tennis Net and Post

Hand tightened screw clamp

If you're just playing for fun on a home table, you may only want a cheap table tennis net.

The cheapest available in this category have a very basic clamp as shown here.

However, the net is usually only 5 feet or 5 feet 6 inches long and the net height may not be adjustable.

Table Tennis Net and Post

Another similar net, suitable for home use is as shown here.

This also has a very basic clamp, but the net is usually the official length of 6 feet, although the height may or may not be adjustable.

 

I'd recommend...

Table Tennis Net and Post

This type of screw clamp which is much sturdier and of much better construction.

The screw clamp and the net height are both adjustable which means you'll be able to ensure that the net is at the right height and tension.

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Table tennis net guage

Table Tennis Net Guage

A net gauge enables you to set the net to the correct height (6 inches / 15.25 cm).

Umpire checking the racket

The net gauge also doubles as a tool to measure the thickness and flatness of your racket rubbers to ensure that they meet the ITTF regulations.

They're made of plastic and they're really easy to use.


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ITTF Approved Nets 2016

If you need a top quality net, and one which complies with all the additional requirements of the International Regulations, then you'll need to choose one from the approved list.

So here is a list of ITTF approved table tennis nets valid from 1st January - 31st December 2016.

Number Trademark / Brand Name Net Name Colour of net
Blue Green Black
1 Adidas PRO II
(can only be used until 30 June 2016)
Black
2 Adidas PRO V
(can only be used until 30 June 2016)
Blue
3 Adidas PRO 800
(can only be used until 30 June 2016)
Black
4 andro Niveau Blue Black
5 Artengo FA950C Blue
6 Bethel P500 (can only be used until 30 June 2016) Blue
7 Butterfly Europa Black
8 Butterfly International Blue
9 Butterfly National League Black
10 Butterfly Tokyo Black
11 Champion 680 Blue
12 Champion 690 Blue
13 Cornilleau Clip Black
14 Cornilleau Competition Black
15 DHS DHS P145 Blue Green
16 DHS P118 Blue
17 Donic Clip Blue Green
18 Donic Stress Blue Green
19 Donic World Champion Blue Green
20 Double Fish Double Fish 137C Blue
21 Double Fish Double Fish Volant Blue
22 Double Happiness P100 Black
23 Double Happiness P105 Blue Green Black
24 Double Happiness P108 Blue Green Black
25 Gewo World Cup Black
26 Giant Dragon 9819N Blue
27 Joola Spring Black
28 Joola WM Black
29 Joola WM Ultra Black
30 Kinson Professional Blue
31 Nittaku IN Blue Green
32 Peace SP20 Blue
33 San-Ei Integral Blue
34 San-Ei Limitless Black
35 Shaofa Xu Shaofa Blue Green
36 Sponeta Classic Black
37 Stag Clipper Black
38 Stag Expert Blue Green
39 Stag Pro Black
40 Stag Snap-On Blue Green
41 Stiga Clipper VM Blue
42 Stiga Evolution Blue
43 Stiga Premium Clip Blue
44 Stiga Premium VM Blue
45 Sunflex Pro Blue
46 Tibhar Rondo Blue Green
47 Tibhar Smash Blue Green
48 TSP CL Blue Green Black
49 TSP MS Blue Green Black
50 TTEX Snap On Blue
51 Yasaka Master Blue

 


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