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    anyone ever make a homemade pitching net?

    Hey all. i'm thinking of making a homemade net in the backyard to practice some pitching/tossing and perhaps some golfing. anyways, ive been thinking of making it out of a large tarp(6'x8'), some abs/pvc tubing as a frame, and some bunji cords to connect the net to the frame. do you guys think this would hold up to a baseball? of course i probably only throw at like 55-65 mph(i'm 23 but ive never really played baseball before).
    has anyone made their own net with success?
    where do i get cheap baseballs anyways? i tried looking on ebay and the cheap balls usually become uncheap by the time they sell. i'll check out some of the local sports stores last this week, but i dont know if they'll have anything cheap yet since its still snowing here.

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    I get soft toss balls at this place called Play it Again Sports and they have used baseballs for 50cents

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    i use an old matress haha...works pretty well though

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    pitching net made easy

    yeah, I used the pvc piping and filled with sand. Then went out any purchased some 1 1/4 square mesh nylon netting from a fishing place. fixed it with cinch ties.
    When I needed it for golf, I went and purchased 3/4 stretch mesh for the netting. Put it all together for around $40

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    thanks for the replies and tips you guys. still havn't found a place that sells balls for cheap, but i'll keep on looking. my brother said he saw a catching net for pitching practice at walmart for like 30 dollars so we might go that route, though i dont think it'll too well for golf.
    beisbolcrazy22, what size of pvp piping did you use? i was thinking of using 2" but wasn't sure if it'd hold up to accidental impacts.

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    Cheap Baseballs

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    THe pvc surpisingly held up very well. I didnt start to damage it until I started using if for golf. Then I went to using aircraft cable suspended between two trees and connected the net with brass snap hooks. I pull it out like a curtain and hit balls into it. works great.

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    I made a golf/pitching net with a frame of 2x4's about 10ft/10ft. Then I stapled an old bed sheet to the top, and attatched the bottom with a couple bungie cords. It held up pretty well...

    As for the cheap baseballs, the Play it Again Sports (mentionned before) near me has some.
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    chesspirate, thanks for the link. i emailed them about shipping to canada, and sadly its 25 bucks to ship so its not too worth it.
    yesterday i was moving some stuff to my brothers place and it turned out we moved 2 bed frames and he only needed one. then it turned out we don't even know where the second frame came from so i think i might turn it into a frame for the net, should save me some cash.
    i checked for some play it again sports near me and there are none in saskatchewan. theres like 6 of them in alberta and one in manitoba but i don't really feel like driving 5 hours and spending 50 bucks on gas for some baseballs.

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