Custom Cricket Bat Builder
Grade 1 Plus - This is our top grade of bat. This bat will have 8 or more perfectly straight grains, but it will also be graded on weight and performance. Aesthetically it will be absolutely beautiful, and should really pack a punch.
Grade 1 - This is our next best-looking bat. It will have at least 6 straight grains on the face, there may be some red wood on one of the edges and the playing area will generally be very clean. There may be the odd knot or spec away from the hitting area.
Grade 2 - Again, this a very good quality piece of wood, perhaps with slightly more red wood, however this won’t be to the detriment of the performance of the bat. There will generally be at least 6 straight grains, with slightly more blemishes, pin knots or specks visible.
It’s important to be happy with the feel of your bat, however the pickup is arguably more important than the scale weight of the bat. While I pride myself on accuracy when delivering bats to customer specification, I’ll always try and ensure that bats feel as good as they should, if not better, than the weight ordered. Distributing weight correctly throughout the cricket bat is something that I take great care in.
While most customers opt for a regular short handle bat, some people prefer a long handle, some a longer blade, while some prefer a super short handle. We can cater for all these requirements. Should you wish for something not on the drop-down list, please don’t hesitate in getting in contact.
Oval Handle: The oval handle was originally pioneered to prevent bat twist when the ball strikes away from the centre of the bat, and thus reducing the amount of energy lost through the ball. Nowadays players seem to prefer the oval handle for the feel it provides in the bottom hand grip. It also helps reduce a tight bottom hand grip and therefore improves shot making in the ‘V’.
Round Handle: The round handle allows the bottom hand to be the more dominant hand in shot making, and is particular helpful for players who like to use their wrists to generate speed.
Semi Oval: The semi oval handle is a mix between the two, its neither too oval, or too round.
Generally, preference of feel should be the main consideration when choosing handle type.
Round Toe: The most traditional, common, and most popular toe shape. This toe shape can help prevent wear and tear in the toe region, especially if you’re a bit a ‘tapper’!
Square Toe: In recent years the square toe has made a comeback and is commonly used by international players. Square toes are however more susceptible to yorker damage and general toe wear and tear, so this is something worth considering.
Extra round toe: Again, this is down to preference, but a bat with a more rounded toe will pick up better than a bat with a square toe.
Sweet spot position
The sweet spot or the middle of the bat is the part of the bat where you are looking to strike the ball most of the time. Hitting the ball at the sweet spot ensures that you achieve the largest amount of power in the shot you are playing. The middle is dictated by the profile through the back of the bat.
High Sweet Spot: This middle position isn’t used too often in the UK, but is sometimes favoured by players who play more predominantly on the back foot. This middle position is also a good option if you want a meaty bat, but must have the lightest pick up possible.
Mid Sweet Spot: This is the most common middle position, neither too low, or too high. It allows complete stroke play, while neither having the bulk of the wood too high, or too low. Bats with mid sweet spots generally pick up very well.
Low Sweet Spot; Front foot dominant players often favour a low middle, especially if they’re playing regularly on fairly low bouncing, club standard pitches. Bats with lower middles generally feel their weight, as opposed to it feeling better than the scale weight suggests, this is due to more wood being kept in the lower region of the blade.
Extra Low Sweet spot: On the more extreme end of the scale, I can make a bat with an extra low middle, if this is what the customer desires.
Flat Face; Lots of imported bats have flat faces, often to give the appearance of the bat having big edges. A flat face does however increase the chance of the ball going in the desired direction when hitting off centre, rather than it deflecting off the rounded edge. Although this information is redundant, if you strike the ball out of the middle!
Round Face; Similarly to employing an oval, or semi oval handle, the round bat face helps reduce bat twist in the hands, due to the edges being rounded and much less pronounced. On top of this, it helps reduce damage to the edges, especially by the new ball, early in the bat’s life.
Recommended for protection early in the bat’s life. There is no need to oil your bat on the face if you are applying an anti-scuff sheet. A clear face will allow you to see the grains, a a fibre face will slightly obscure the grains – personal preference,
Generally, an extra grip will make the bat feel better in the hands due to it acting as a counter balance, but again this is personal preference.