How to pick your custom bat specifications

Here is a bit of advice on how to pick you custom bat specs:

Size:

Weight:

Your final bat weight measured in pounds and ounces or grams. Personal preference based on previous usage and strength level.

Bat shape: 

The shape of your bat. Concaving helps reduce the weight whilst keeping the middle and edges as big as possible while full shapes are more forgiving for off-centre hits. Keep in mind I need to shave off the weight from somewhere and keeping a light bat full means the bat won't be super thick. 

Sweetspot position:

The sweetspot is related to where you hit the ball on the bat when you are looking to score. Low middles benefit playing down the ground on lower bouncing pitches while high middles suit square of the wicket or back foot players on good quality turf or synthetic pitches. There is room in the middle for all different types of players if you feel you play all round (mid) or only lean more toward one shot range but want something for a bit of everything.  

Edge size:

My recommendation here is to select what you will feel confident with your bat. 

Spine height:

The best way to think about spine height is to think about how expansive or compact you play. If you are a bit of a hitter the ball doesn't necessarily hit the exact middle as much and it's worth spreading the sweetspot around a bit, plus since you're swinging hard you don't quite need as much in the middle for it to clear the ropes. If you play more compact and are more of a timer having a higher spine can be beneficial as you're likely to hit more balls out of the middle and since you don't swing as hard will get the better value for your shots out of a bigger middle. 

Handle shape:

Totally personal preference. I tend to recommend something you're used to and comfortable with unless it's not working. The top hand will always be round, the bottom hand is customisable.

Handle thickness:

Personal preference. Thinker handle for bigger hands.

Toe shape:

The more you round the toe the more likely the toe is going to last. Square toes, whilst popular, create a corner that breaks more frequently than round toes.

Sticker colour:

Personal preference.

Facing:

Clear or fibre face placed on your bat. This is always recommended to help prolong the life of your bat. Fibre not available to send separately. 

Toe guard:

A good idea for protecting your toe from moisture. Shoe goo is the best option but needs to be reapplied throughout the year.

Knocking in:

Knocking in is required on all cricket bats. You can either spend the time yourself to look after it or let me look after it for you. This takes 7-10 days to complete.

Other instructions: 

This is your chance to add anything else you have in mind for your bat. Any special requests. If we have discussed your bat and it's not included on these specs please remind me here as I'll only have these specs in front of me when I make your bat.

 

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