The headband on a tennis net is the small cover that runs along the top edge. Overtime, headbands need to be replaced, and the most common materials used are vinyl or polyester.
At minimum, a headband should have at least two layers of material secured together by four layers of double stitching. Yet, beyond those requirements, how do you decide between headband materials? Let’s dive in to explore how the material of a tennis net headband impacts play.
Is a Polyester Headband Good for any Court?
Generally, polyester headbands are not recommended for soft court surfaces, such as clay, because they will quickly become dirty. Cleaning polyester headbands can be a hassle, especially when they begin to grow algae or mildew - a common occurrence on soft courts.
On the other hand, while polyester headbands may get dirtier than vinyl, they have a greater resistance to abrasion. This makes polyester headbands ideal for hard courts. For this type of environment, products such as our Non-Tapered Professional Tennis Nets are highly recommended. They are extremely durable and a popular choice among professionals.
While polyester headbands are unsuitable for soft courts, vinyl headbands on the other hand are extremely versatile. Easily cleaned, this type of headband is popular due to its minimal maintenance. For those seeking a high-quality vinyl headband, our Tapered Pro Championship Tennis Nets are an excellent option.
The Benefits of a Polyester Headband
As previously stated, polyester headbands are preferred by professional players. You will also find them on most regulation courts, especially those with hard surfaces. Players prefer polyester headbands because of the effect they have on the ball, which can work to their advantage when a ball skims the net.
Compared to a vinyl net headband, a polyester headband will absorb more energy if the ball hits it. This means that the ball is more likely to stay in the court and work to the player’s advantage. On the contrary, a vinyl headband doesn’t absorb as much energy, and it’s more likely to liven the ball and send it skidding wildly in any direction.
Should You Use a Vinyl or Polyester Headband?
Ultimately, choosing between a vinyl and polyester headband comes down to two things: your court surface your personal preference.
If you’re using a soft court, you can still opt for a polyester headband. However, it is important to realize that it will get dirtier more quickly and will require more frequent maintenance. If you’re using a hard surface court, you can easily choose between a vinyl or polyester headband. However, a polyester headband is likely to resist abrasion and last longer.
At the end of the day, if you’re not sure which option is best for you, it might be time to reach out to some experts and get a second opinion. If you’d like answers to your questions, contact our team of friendly tennis pros for advice. Click here to get in touch!