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It was 1987, and my twin brother Matt was a punter in college. Tired of chasing footballs up and down the street in Montclair, NJ where we grew up, Matt went to work on building a punting net in our parents’ backyard. From these initial efforts came the unique “S” shaped frame design and ball return feature that defines The Net Return today.
After college, life happened including marriage, kids and mortgages and our dream of creating the ultimate sports training net was put on hold. Matt eventually moved down to Myrtle Beach, S.C. and took up playing golf while my wife and I moved to Bergen County, eventually settling in Glen Rock.
We continued to develop the product over the years to encompass multiple sports – not just football but golf, soccer, baseball, softball and lacrosse. The value and backyard application of one multi-sport net was evident for my wife and me, as our two boys played numerous sports including baseball, lacrosse and golf.
First and foremost in our minds was quality. We moved from a PVC frame design, to steel (too heavy) and ultimately to what comprises the frame today – tubular aluminum.
Significant changes were also made to the netting, transitioning away from the traditional nylon used in the majority of today’s sport nets to heavyweight polyester. This change provides significant benefits in strength, durability, UV protection and safety.
After thousands of hours field testing the Pro Series, we began manufacturing the product right here in the USA. If you have any questions regarding our products do not hesitate to give us a call or visit us online.
Thank you for your support.
Paul Crawley - Pres.
The Net Return, LLC.