It’s the new cricket season time again and thus starts the massive cricket kit haul. If you are a batsman, you understand the pain of going through hundreds of bats to pick out a new stick for you to rule the crease with.
With all the misinformation spread around regarding bats, it’s easy to get confused amongst all the myths and lies. Here are the pro tips used at WHACK to help choose the stick that is the best from the rest:
Here’s to busting the age-old myth of cricket bats that the more the number of grains, the better it is. The number of grains on your stick don’t measure its performance. They only show that the bark that the cleft has been carved from has aged for a long time. Bats with “tighter”/”more grains” often reach their peak much quicker, hence, they are more brittle and may break quicker too. The opposite is the case for a bat with “less grans”/”wider grains”. This only means that the tree is younger, and the willow is less dense, which means that there’s more wood packed into your stick. While these need to be played in a little bit longer to get to their peak, they age rather well and maintain the peak performance for longer.
Don’t buy into the marketing mumbo-jumbo of cleaner looking bats being better just so you end up paying more.
Another factor to keep in mind while selecting a bat is its balance. “Good Balance” is a very subjective term. What may be good balance for a driver, might be too bottom heavy for someone who plays square. What may be the right balance for someone playing square, might be too light for a big hitter.
In order to find the “Right Balance”, first identify the kind of shots you like to play the most. For a predominantly straight player and someone who likes to use their feet a lot, something with a lower middle might be their best friend with the meat packed at the bottom, allowing a strong swing. For someone who likes to cut and pull, a cricket bat with a mid-middle or a slightly higher middle will allow you to swing the bat with more speed and will give you the best bang for your buck.
While your cricketing idol may be using a certain brand, it does not mean that you have to restrict yourself to it as well. Rather than choosing a bat based on its brand, choose a bat based on the willow underneath and how it feels in your hands along with a good ping. An example to state this, sub-continent brand SG have been making bats for Kookaburra since forever. Yet, you end up paying more with Kookaburra for a similar quality of timber than SG. That is the similar case with brands like New Balance, who have their bats made from the likes of FCS, based out of India. An advantage of buying from a manufacturer (such as Gray Nicolls, Newbery, DSC) than a brand that licenses their bats (New Balance, Kookaburra, Masuri), is that you tend to get better value because you’re not paying a premium for the stickers, rather paying for the cleft of the wood and decades/centuries of bat-making excellence..
Instead of brands, a serious cricketer tends to go with a bat that is nice and full with minimal scalloping, well balanced and pings well when hit against a ball/mallet.
Now that you know the tricks of the trade, head out and choose your crease companion for the new season! Looking for the widest variety of bats to choose from down under? Head on over to our website - www.whacksports.com.au
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