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      Net tension?

      Bought a new stiga net and now there seem to be a lot more net balls(somebody topspins/chops and the ball doesnt even bounce on the net it just crosses).
      Is the net not tense enough? i used the little tool that came in the box but looks like it only works for height

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      If a smash hits the top of the net without much change in trajectory, its too loose. Shouldn't be too hard to put some tension in though.

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      Does it have a string on both sides so you can adjust the tension?

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      There is a tool (actually a metal weight) for the tension, you just hang in the middle first, adjust the tension so it just hangs freely in the middle. After that, you set the height correctly by measuring with the plastic ruler in the middle, and at 30cm from each net post.

      ITTF has some PDF documents about the procedure. The metal weight looks like this:
      https://www.aliexpress.com/item/DHS-...617677464.html

      You would be surprised how many net setups got the wrong tension. Very often the tension is set too low.
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      Could the net be too tight? right now the clamps arent sitting flat, but the ball still just crawls over the net without any trajectory change at all

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      Quote Originally Posted by Robh View Post
      Could the net be too tight? right now the clamps arent sitting flat, but the ball still just crawls over the net without any trajectory change at all
      Take the net out of the clamps/posts completely. Install the clamps onto the table first ensuring they're firmly screwed on. Then plug the net into the tops of the posts, set the height correctly with the gauge, and lastly set the tension of the net with the string/chain arrangement before double-checking the height.

      If you've bought a clip-on net rather than one where you screw the clamps to the table........ well good luck with that one !! I know it's an old cliche but you truly do get what you pay for.
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      Buy only high quality clip-ons

      Quote Originally Posted by JHB View Post
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      If you've bought a clip-on net rather than one where you screw the clamps to the table........ well good luck with that one !! I know it's an old cliche but you truly do get what you pay for.
      Nothing wrong with good quality Clip-on nets. In fact, I find them better than screw type. Reason being that players tend to over tighten the screw resulting in damage to the table. We have been using the same nets at our club for over 10 years. No damage to table and they fit just as firm as the screw on type
      But, one does need to buy the best quality ones.
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      Yup i like the clip type better because it is faster and easier to install.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Robh View Post
      Bought a new stiga net and now there seem to be a lot more net balls(somebody topspins/chops and the ball doesnt even bounce on the net it just crosses).
      Is the net not tense enough? i used the little tool that came in the box but looks like it only works for height
      Can you post a photo of the net. Then it will be clear what you have and what is needed.
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      Tension? Carl gots lots of tensions, Goon Squad after hiz tail at all odd hours and times.

      Tension? Ah-Ten-Shun !!! Attention to order, Carl gave a request.

      Tension, once you get a feel for a not so loose tension, net will not be issue.

      A Korean club in L.A. has a big sign up that in English means...

      Nets and Edges are not Luck, they are a SKILL.

      Tension? Don't sweat it and laugh like Benny Hill next time opponent gets a net. He/she will be so confused, you might win the next 4 points on the trot.
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      Quote Originally Posted by JHB View Post
      Take the net out of the clamps/posts completely. Install the clamps onto the table first ensuring they're firmly screwed on. Then plug the net into the tops of the posts, set the height correctly with the gauge, and lastly set the tension of the net with the string/chain arrangement before double-checking the height.
      That is good advice.

      I went to a new club once, where evidently, all the nets were set like that 1/8-1/4 inch high. They had been playing that way for awhile. I finally caught the error when I had my net measure with me. It took someone a bit of time to fix 8 tables of nets.

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      Quote Originally Posted by Der_Echte View Post
      Tension? Carl gots lots of tensions, Goon Squad after hiz tail at all odd hours and times.

      Tension? Ah-Ten-Shun !!! Attention to order, Carl gave a request.

      Tension, once you get a feel for a not so loose tension, net will not be issue.

      A Korean club in L.A. has a big sign up that in English means...

      Nets and Edges are not Luck, they are a SKILL.

      Tension? Don't sweat it and laugh like Benny Hill next time opponent gets a net. He/she will be so confused, you might win the next 4 points on the trot.
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      Actually it seems to be becoming more difficult to get good-quality (as opposed to merely expensive) nets. Around two years back the coach/chairman at my club bought and installed six Butterfly Europa nets. The posts were excellent, but sadly the nets themselves were only average at best. Consequently it was no more than a year later that we turned up one day to discover they'd all been replaced with Joola WM net/post sets. Ker-chiiing ! Another GBP 300+ down the tubes !

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      TO HAVE THE NET CORD PROPERLY TENSED IS AN IMPORTANCE OVERWHELMING.

      As is a common knowledge with experienced table tennis folks, "It is better to have the net cord over-tight than over-loosen ", as it is against the Rules to let the net cord trembling while a rallie is on.

      HOW DO I CHECK THE NET CORD TENSION ?
      -- Let the standard 100 gramme gauge hang freely on the mid of the net cord using the 14,25 notch , and see if the gauge's bottomside touches the table surface. If it does, the cord is too slacked.




      Quote Originally Posted by Handbook For Match Officials, 2014
      PLAYING CONDITIONS.
      5.5
      It is important for the umpire or assistant umpire to check both the height of the net
      and the tension of the net-cord. This should be done prior to every match, including
      team matches within a team competition. It is not really satisfactory just to estimate
      the tension by finger touch and several manufacturers have produced weighted net gauges,
      which ensure consistency. These gauges, which weigh exactly 100g, have two notches,
      one at 15.25cm and the other 14.25cm. The weighted gauge should only be
      used to check the tension – it is not advisable to use it for checking the height.

      After the height has been checked using a plastic net gauge, the "weighted" gauge is rested
      on the top of the net, in the centre, and the tension adjusted until the bottom of the gauge
      just touches the playing surface. If necessary, quickly recheck the height at each end after
      the tension has been adjusted. Do not use the plastic gauge and "weighted" gauge at the same time.
      Also when checking the net it is important to ensure that the clamp is attached as close as possible to the table.
      Ensure that there is no cord hanging down from the net post which could affect the ball or distract the players.
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      Don't worry too much about going to the expense and inconvenience of having a metal weight for normal club play.
      The metal weight gauge was brought in because players used to break the net cord whilst overdoing the tightening of the net. These days, the net cords are much stronger, presumably Nylon(?)
      Pull the net cord fairly tightly and use the height gauge (measurer) to make sure that the middle does not droop too much. In most cases, a finger twang test is a good enough estimate of proper tension.

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