Dead Weight: We refer to dead weight as the measurable overall weight on the scales.
Heavier bats have a slower bat speed than lighter bats. The effort required to move the bat increases as the weight of the bat increases. A lighter bat will allow faster bat speed and increase the chance of middling the ball. A heavier bat will not be quite as easy to middle the ball with, but when you connect with the ball, it will stay hit. In general, the rule is light bats for the controlled players and slightly heavier bats for the aggressive and attacking stroke-makers.
Use these weights as a guide when choosing the weight of your bat:
Light (2lbs 6oz - 2lbs 8oz): We recommend this weight range if this is your first full size bat or if your moving into the finishing stages of your playing career and are looking for a lighter bat which may help if you carry a lingering injury
Regular (2lbs 9oz - 2lbs 10oz): This is a standard weight range for a full size cricket bat the majority of professional cricketers use a bat of this weight. It is a great balance between bat speed and bat performance.
Heavy (2lbs 11oz +): From 2lbs 11oz up you get a bat less about bat speed and more about overall performance. This weight range is for players who want to score their runs through boundaries and want a bat that is large and imposing.
Balance & pick-up describes the bat’s ‘centre of gravity’. If the bat’s ‘centre of gravity’ is too close to the handle the pick-up is quite poor. If the centre of gravity is approximately 8 inches from the shoulder, then the pick-up should be good. We do not advocate measuring for the centre of gravity – you should test the pick up using the method described below.
To test the pick-up of your bat, hold it in your top hand and lift it using your normal pick up. If the bat feels heavy then the pick-up is not great. If it is easy to pick up and the bat does not feel heavy then you have a bat with good balance and pick-up.
A bat with a good pick-up will allow for a better bat speed than a bat with a poor pick-up.
A bat that has an even weight distribution will have a faster bat speed than a bat that has its weight near the toe. Put another way, this means that a heavier bat with a good distribution of weight will have a faster bat speed than a light bat with a lot of weight in the toe.