That seems a simple enough conclusion, but how do you go about making sure the tennis posts you purchase are the best investment for your dollar? Here are a few things to note when shopping for a post set.
Tennis posts are unbelievably unique. Purchasing the wrong set can make the difference between a long lasting, visually appealing court and worn down, uninviting tennis court in a matter of just a few years.
Internal vs. External
The pulley system that attaches the net to the post is manufactured either inside the post or outside. Internal pulley systems have levers that fold into the post, Wimbledon Removals making for a set of smooth looking posts. External pulley system sets often come with detachable winders but the hardware is still on the outside. These sets are more functional versus the more aesthetically pleasing, internal wind sets and a bit less costly. Internal wind posts tend to cost about a hundred dollars more.
Mounting your posts
Post sleeves are recommended, because they allow for easy removal during resurfacing and winterizing. Sleeves are sold separately and are mounted directly into the concrete, often while the court is being surfaced. When purchasing mounting sleeves, make sure that you purchase either round or square post sleeves, whichever match the tennis posts you have purchased. The difference between round or square posts is purely a question of personal choice.
Complete instructions for mounting posts are available online, but a few of the key things to remember are sleeve placement, post heights and winterizing. When installing the post sleeve ITF regulations dictate that the posts should be exactly three feet outside of the court lines on either side and that the post must extend no more than one foot above the net.
Portable tennis posts
Tennis on the go; companies have made it easy to take your favorite game anywhere you go. The easily affordable and delightfully compact Hitchnet Portable Tennis Court by Courtmaster attaches to the hitch of your truck or SUV. Setting it up at your campsite or favorite park is as easy as pulling it out of the back of your trunk.
Rooftop post sets can be used in urban areas or anywhere drilling a hole is not an option. These tennis posts can be bolted into place using the predrilled mounting plates. Heavy-duty tournament posts are also available for times when you need to take the court with you after the match. Post sets are mounted on castor wheels; they lock into place during the match and roll away with you when it is time to go home. These rolling tennis posts are great for church parking lots or after school programs that do not have the budget to build a permanent court.