Driving Range/Batting Cage

When we moved in and all of our friends came over to help, Sir Cody Hickman noticed the previous owners had a swing set and took the swings–leaving the wooden frame. “That’s where we put the batting cage,” he said. April laughed. I laughed.

A few days later my friend Huy asked me to play golf. I had been out of town or busy the last few times he asked so I thought, What if we build a batting cage/driving range in the backyard today?

Huy was in.

We went to a few building supply stores before finding what we were looking for. It was a tight weave nylon net. The one we found was about $25 and used to keep birds out of fruit trees.

We draped the net over the wooden frame and then stapled it, leaving plenty of slack, to the frame.

That swing needs work.

That swing needs work.

Huy tests out the new practice net.

Huy tests out the new practice net.

Now I can tee up in front of the net and practice my atrocious golf swing all day. I can also toss baseballs to my little brother Rickiea and help him hone his swing. The kid has some serious muscles. It also makes a good backstop for when Rickiea practices his pitching.

This kid has some power behind his swing.

This kid has some power behind his swing.

It’s not a full on batting cage like Cody envisioned but it works for now and maybe one of these days I’ll extend it. The net is pretty fun and so far the only down side is that I don’t have an excuse for being terrible the next time my father-in-law invites me to golf.

The project wasn’t one I had been planning on or one that seems very important in the grand scheme of our new home, but it was fun to have the freedom in our new backyard for a fun little project. It was also nice to be able to knock the project out in less than an hour. The other projects on my list (like the farmhouse table) are looking like they’ll take closer to a week.

After playing with the new driving/batting net all afternoon, Rickiea grilled some chicken and we enjoyed it at our awesome outdoor table left by the previous owner of our house.

We enjoyed a nice dinner (cooked by Rickiea) after hitting on the new batting net.

We enjoyed a nice dinner (cooked by Rickiea) after hitting on the new batting net.

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