How To Choose The Right Cricket Bat For You. July 9, 2019 – Posted in: General
Whether you’re a complete beginner or pro player, finding a cricket bat that works for you and how you play is one of the best things you can do to improve your performance. There are so many elements that go into making a bat, and they can all affect how it performs.
In this blog post, we’ll talk you through some of the most important things to consider when buying a new cricket bat, to make sure you get the right one for you.
The size of your bat has a huge impact on how easy it is to use, and a bat that’s the wrong size can really hinder you. You should check at the start of each season that your bat is the right size for you, especially for juniors, as the size they need will change far more often than adult players.
Junior bats usually come in 7 sizes, numbered 1-6, with Harrow (often shown as H) being the largest junior size. The standard adult size is Short Handle (SH), though Long Handle (LH) is also available in most prominent brands.
At Big 5 Cricket and Hockey, we stock our own range of high-quality cricket bats, available in sizes 1-6, Harrow and Short Handle.
The size and weight of your bat are very closely linked.
Heavier bats are generally more powerful and durable than lighter bats, making them great for powerful shots and big hits. However, if a bat is too heavy for you to comfortably play, move hold and carry, you’ll end up with a poorer performance than with a lighter, more flexible and comfortable bat.
You should be able to comfortably hold your bat at arms length with your weaker hand for a longer period of time to make sure it isn’t too heavy. Especially for younger players, it’s usually best to err on the side of a lighter bat that they don’t have to contend with and can comfortably wield, as long as the size is right.
Our Leopard bat, for example, has a light pick-up weight, making it perfect for juniors, ladies and players who prefer more flexibility in their play, while the Rhino and Elephant are heavier and better for more powerful hits.
The Shape and Sweet Spot
The shape of your bat, the balance and the size of the sweet spot are all vital things to consider when choosing your perfect bat.
The sweet spot should be the part of the bat you hit the ball with most often. For beginner players, a bat that is thicker and has more of its weight distributed in the middle of the blade is usually best. For example, our Lion bat is designed to evenly distribute weight, creating a balanced feel and central sweet spot. As you develop as a player, you might notice that you actually tend to hit higher or lower on the bat, which is when you can look into bats that are more top or bottom-heavy, like Big Five’s Elephant and Rhino bats, which have a lower sweet spot for front foot players and more powerful hits.
The best material for bats, and the one used by professional players, is often considered to be English Willow, as it is strong and durable, but also has the flexibility and ‘spring’ you need in a high-end bat. Kashmir Willow is also commonly used in more affordable bats and bats for juniors, and is ideal for casual or young players as it is still flexible, but also far more durable than English Willow.
Our Big Five range of bats has options for all kinds of players, all of our adult bats are made of high-quality English Willow. Our Buffalo bat is made from Kashmir Willow and is a perfect, affordable option for juniors.