FANTAIL PROFILE SHAPE 5
FPS5 - SENIOR
The spine is the key to the FPS5. It runs high and long from the handle and finishes above the toe generating a balanced pick-up and performance off the front and back foot.
You'll notice the forgiving nature of this shape when hitting throughout the length of the hitting zone. The pick-up is good, but we maintain a larger volume of willow through the shape than our other shapes, which is a minor drawback.
This shape is ideal for players who want an extended sweet spot for all-round forgiving strokeplay.
The profile refers to the amount of scallop between the edge and spine. The FPS5 has a semi-concaved to full profile, equivalent to scalloping between 0mm and 3mm. This differs based on the weight, size you select, and the density of the willow used.
HOW OUR MADE TO ORDER BATS ARE MADE
Each cricket bat willow tree is grown in the UK for around 20 years before being processed & into raw clefts.
Our high-quality Singapore Manu cane & cork cane handles are made in Jalandhar, India.
Once the raw clefts and handles arrive in our Auckland, New Zealand workshop, the clefts are machined, handled and run through our two-stage pressing process, which maximises the potential performance of each piece of willow.
They are then given a final grade, shaped by hand and finished to your chosen specifications. We trust in our process, which allows you to confidently walk to the crease, knowing that you're using a premium product that will perform under pressure.
All the information you need to select the correct options for you.
The general rule is light bats for the controlled players and slightly heavier bats for the aggressive and attacking stroke-makers. The FPS5 shape can only be made 2lbs 9oz and above.
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 comparatively easy to middle the ball with, but it will stay hit when you connect with it.
Light (2lbs 6oz - 2lbs 8oz): We recommend this weight range if you are moving to your first full-size bat or into the finishing stages of your playing career, as it may help if you carry a lingering injury
Standard (2lbs 9oz - 2lbs 10oz): Most 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, you get a bat less about bat speed and more about blade performance. This weight range is for players who want to score their runs through boundaries and want a large and imposing bat.
English willow grading
The willow won't look exactly the same as in the picture, as it's a natural product.
When placing your order, select 'Yes, please' in the 'Send pictures of willow options' section if you want a specific grain structure. We will email you options once we've received your order (we will refund your order if you don't like any of the options).