WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The information below is designed to provide you with a basic knowledge on all the different aspects of a cricket bat that can be customised.
If you have any questions regarding the design of your custom cricket bat, please get in touch.
Grade 2 willow still produces great quality cricket bats. Often heartwood can be seen on the edge of these bats, this has no effect on the playing ability of the bat it is purely cosmetic. There will be at least four straight grains on the face of the bat with maybe some blemishes, pin knots or "speck" visible.
If you are looking for a specific grain structure, please get in touch, and we'll let you know what is available.
SELECTING THE CORRECT WEIGHT
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:
Harrow size only (2lbs 4oz - 2lbs 5oz): This is a standard weight range for a harrow cricket bat. It is an excellent balance between bat speed and bat performance. This also allows for a standard weight increase of 2oz -3oz when moving to a full-size bat.
Light (2lbs 6oz - 2lbs 8oz): We recommend this weight range if you are moving from junior sizing to 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 an excellent 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.
SPINE & EDGE PEAK POSITIONS
The sweet spot or middle of the bat is the area of the blade where you achieve the largest amount of power in the shot you are playing if you have a bat with a high sweet spot you need to be hitting the ball high on the blade regularly to get the best out of the bat.
SPINE & EDGE HEIGHT
As cricket bats are made from a natural product, each cricket bat will feel and perform & weigh differently. The same-sized clefts can weigh 10oz different to the next, which comes from the density of the fibres.Most batsmen like to see a bat with thick edges and a high spine, but this shouldn't be a prioritised over performance and bat speed.
CONFORM TO MCC LAWS
From October 2017 the new MCC laws on cricket bat sizes came into force for the professional game. The new code means that the maximum dimensions of a cricket bat will be 108mm in blade width, 67mm in spine height with 40mm edges. A bat gauge has been developed for umpires to use to check players bats and we use one in the workshop to guarantee your bat will fit through.
The laws are only applicable to the professional game at present but there is a moratorium period for the amateur game. This period means that amateur players can still use and purchase oversized bats which may be in breach of the Law. It is expected to be several years before the same law is imposed on club cricket.
The main reasons for an angled toe is that it helps minimise damage from tapping at the crease, as the toe is slightly offset and allows for a more stable and natural bat position while in your stance. It also means that when the ball hits the toe, there is willow behind the ball.
We encourage you to give us as much information as possible. This is a space to tell us precisely what you're after whether that is replicating your current bat, a bat you've found online or creating a new shape altogether.
If you're not sure what would suit you let us know your playing style, pitches you play on, best & worst shots, formats you play, bats that you've previously used and what you liked/disliked about them, age & build we will then design a shape based on the information you provide that moulds to your game.