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Bats

  1. Which Bat is Good For You?
  2. English Willow versus Kashmir Willow
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  4. Style of play - Size, weight, sweet-spot, and handle!
    1. Bat sizes and player height
    2. Weight of Cricket Bats
    3. The Sweet Spot
    4. Handle
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  6. Bat Care and maintenance

3.The Sweet Spot

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. The middle is usually dictated by the profile through the back of the bat.

Most players will have a bat with the normal sweet spot . This would be about 4 to 12 from the toe. A bat with a normal sweet spot will suit a batsman who plays the full range of shots. This sweet spot does not favor any style in particular.

A high sweet spot is usually 5 to 13 from the toe. This bat suits a batsman who opens or prefers playing short pitched bowling, and off the back foot. The weight distribution is higher up the blade, meaning that the bat speed is faster. This type of bat suits the player that likes to cut, hook and pull, in other words, the controlled player.

A low sweet spot is usually 3 to 11 from the toe. This type of bat suits a player that enjoys driving the ball and playing aggressively. It is particularly suited to wickets that do have much bounce. The pick up may be affected due to the weight of bat being nearer to the toe.

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.

As a rule, we mention where the sweet spot is so that you can make the correct decision.

4.Handle

The oval handle: The oval handle provides more strength to the handle and helps to diffuse the shock waves created from the ball meeting the blade. The oval shape in the lower handle also gives the bat a better directional feel. It is hard to grip the bat too hard with the bottom hand. One can only hold with thumb and forefinger, which encourages the top hand to control the shot.

The oval shape improves the pickup due to having a larger mass nearer to your body.

The round handle: The round handle is best suited to those who like to use their bottom hand to hit the ball hard and lift it.

 
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