Slazenger’s 2013 Technology – TAS, HEX and Double Spines
Moving away from the retro designed bats, Slazenger are also offering some bats manufactured using some of the latest advances in technology.
The Hex handle
The handle has seen some of the greatest innovation in cricket bats, but the recent Law 6 update by the MCC has since stifled the carbon composite style handles which were beginning to filter into the game.
Slazenger have gone back to the handle, and by re-arranging the cork and rubber they’ve created a handle made from traditional materials but is upto 2oz light as well as providing a stiffer handle.
The V1200, which is aimed at the T20 market, takes this handle and mixes it with the next technology (double spine) to create an interesting re-mix of willow, cane and rubber.
Double Spine aka Scoop
The V1200 also features a double spine. An innovation which at first glance appears to be similar to the Gray Nicolls Scoop.
The difference is the V1200 Scoop is just out of the spine section, which Slazenger claim delivers a high Moment of Intertia. In simpleton terms that means it gives great power across the face.
The TAS inserts have been exclusively licensed from a manufacturer in Australia, and Slazenger believe they can provide some of the extra power we’re all searching for.
The inserts are unfortunately illegal in 1st Class cricket, but being an MCC Type B bat – almost all club cricketers will be able to wield this.
The patented technology takes pre-bent Oak inserts, which are usually used for making beer barrells, and reverse bends them into a routed edge of the blade. The idea is they provide extra edge strength, durability and most importantly they act like a spring upon ball impact. Slazenger’s testing shows the ball rebound velocity can increase upto 27%. One for the techies to analyse!
Next up: an overall look at the Slazenger range