Bat weights and bat makers magic wands
I thought I would write a little post to show you what a bat manufacturer/ maker can do to reduce the weight of a bat whilst apparently increasing the profile. I say increase profiles (tongue in cheek), but what I really mean is increase the edge.
All the profiles below have approximately the same volume;
1. This Profile is a very traditional one with a small edge, but a massive middle (and no scooping)
2. This one has a lower middle but a bigger edge than the above (which is small in comparison to what is on offer in the market today)
3. This one shows the effect of scooping on bat mass (note the increase in profile compared to 2. above)
4. This one has a more severe scoop (note the increase in profile from 3. above)
Remember all the profiles above have the same amount of wood in them therefore all will weigh the same for a given willow density.
NOTE- the profiles above are of a cross section of a cricket bat
The below image shows the effect of a flat face on the perceived size;
The bat on the right obviously has a greater volume than the bat on the left (a flat face adds approximately 3/4 oz), but the perceived increase in size is a lot greater. Also, if the face is flat, you can actually reduce the cross section in the shoulder and toe area.
So there we are – a few little trade secrets. Which of the above profiles are best? I have my opinions but what I think is most important is that you pick the profile which you feel comfortable with. After all you are the one using it, and you are the one which needs to be confident when you’re out in the middle and (hopefully) scoring lots of runs.
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