bat sizing

To get the best out of your game you need the right bat.

The right size, style and weight all contribute to performance, as does the position of the sweet spot.

At Laver & Wood, we like to discuss the type of bat you want before we make your new bat. The right bat makes a huge difference to your game, and our bat-makers know how to make a bat that suits your style of play.

Selecting Your Bat

When selecting your bat, we suggest that you give consideration to the weight and length of the bat, as well as its handle. A bat’s pick up or balance should also be considered as this will alter bat speed and therefore your ability to play shots. You should also consider the positioning of the sweet spot – it could be high, low or in a normal position.

If you do not already have a preference then please use the sizing chart as a guide and email us with your details. If you are unsure and want plenty of advice, then please send plenty of detail. The more detail you provide, the better the advice you will receive about the bat that will suit your game.

Do I Need Two Bats?

Many players ask us whether they need two or more bats. This depends on the level you are playing, personal preference and how often you use your bat.

Top players always have a number of bats, but they are making a living from the game and their bat is their livelihood. Some players that are not at international or first class level also have several bats: some may be very similar, others dramatically different. This is down to individual preference and the reasons we hear for having more than one bat are fascinating.

Some players like to have a couple of bats that are very similar, so if one breaks they have another they are comfortable with ready for immediate use. Others like to have different bats to use depending on the form they are in. This usually means that they will use a lighter bat when they are in form, and a slightly heavier bat for when they are not, as this heavier bat allows them to get more value from shots that they do not middle. When they get back in form, they will return to the lighter bat that gives them more shot options.

Weight

These are to be used as a rough guide only. Please e-mail us to discuss in more detail.

Because weight impacts on the way you bat, selecting the weight of the bat is crucial to maximising your performance. A heavy bat with a lot of wood in the middle will often hit the ball a lot further than a lighter bat. However, a lighter bat will have a faster bat speed meaning that you are more likely to hit the ball in the middle.

While the bat’s weight is determined by personal preference, the following are general recommendations based on your position in the batting order. Please use these as a guide only and for advice based on your build & style of play, please email James.

Opening Bat

A lighter bat is recommended usually in the region of 2lbs7ozs to 2lbs9ozs. This is due to the faster bat speed required when facing the new ball. A heavier bat means that there will be a slightly slower reaction time, which can be the difference between playing the ball too early or too late.

Nos. 3 & 4

A slightly heavier weight would often be required due to often needing to implement a more aggressive style, whilst still retaining the balance needed for facing faster bowlers. 2lbs8ozs to 2lbs10ozs is what we recommend.

Nos. 5, 6 & 7

One would generally require a very large profile to their bat so that when one hits out, the ball is sure to travel beyond the boundary. A good weight range for a middle order player would be 2lbs10ozs to 2lbs12ozs.

Nos. 8 & 9

This depends very much on your build and what feels comfortable to you. Players tend to use bats of around 2lbs12ozs, sometimes with a longer blade(depending on height). You are very often required to stay at the crease so it is not necessarily correct to have a big, heavy bat.

Nos. 10 & 11

These are very crucial batting positions as you may find yourself in a position where you are needed to score the winning runs. If you find that you are a pretty good timer of the ball and like the heavy bat (3lbs +) when in the throes of the final over, then a good balanced bat is crucial due to the way it improves your timing. If you feel that the bat has to be light and you cannot use a heavier bat well, we would recommend one in the region of 2lbs10ozs. Do make sure that the bat length is correct though.

Lower order batsmen should be particular about the bat they use. Being in the lower order means you need every advantage you can get. Lower order batsmen often do not have the skill that those batting up the order have and using the correct bat can dramatically improve your batting performance.

General Recommendations

 

Sometimes players may find that they like a particular weight but, for instance, prefer a longer blade due to the fact this will help with back pain or if they are looking to make themselves stand up straighter. As a rule of thumb, if you normally use a 2lbs8oz bat in a standard short handle size, the weight for a long blade will be 2lbs9ozs. This is due to the extra length right at the toe of the bat. It will also feel more ‘toe heavy’ than what you are used to, as the extra length moves the bat’s ‘centre of gravity’ further away from your hands. The same principles apply to a long handled bat due to pushing the weight further away from your hands.

Note: Despite all of these recommendations, players will have different preferences.  Please contact us to talk about these so that we can be sure that the bat is correctly made. The more information we have about you, the easier it is for us to make you the correct bat and ensure your satisfaction.

 

Bat Speed

Bat speed is the speed that the bat travels to hit the ball. Generally the faster the bat speed, the more likely the batsman is to hit the ball with the middle of the bat. This allows a batsman to be able to make slight adjustments to a shot when the ball deviates, or when they have made a misjudgement or error in execution. 

THE FOLLOWING FACTORS INFLUENCe BAT SPEED

Length of Bat

The length of the bat impacts on bat speed in several areas. The longer the bat, the  further away from the hands the weight / sweet spot becomes. The further away from the hands the weight is and the heavier the bat feels. A long bat or a bat with a low sweet spot will have a slower bat speed than a shorter bat or a bat with a higher sweet spot.

A longer bat will also travel further from the top of the pickup to the point of impact. This reduces the bat speed, meaning it takes slightly longer to reach the point of impact.

Weight of Bat

Heavier bats have a slower bat speed than lighter bats. The effort required to move the bat increases as the weight of the bat increases.

A lighter bat will allow faster bat speed and increase the chance of middling the ball. A heavier bat will not be quite as easy to middle the ball with, but when you connect with the ball, it will stay hit.

This topic is one that has come up in our Cricket Bat Lore Newsletter. In the thirties batsmen used very light and slightly smaller bats – their style of play differed from the style of play of the modern batsman.

Weight Distribution

A bat that has an even weight distribution will have a faster bat speed than a bat that has its weight near the toe. Put another way, this means that a heavier bat with a good distribution of weight will have a faster bat speed than a light bat with a lot of weight in the toe.

Balance & Pick-up

Balance or pick-up describes the bat’s ‘centre of gravity’. If the bat’s ‘centre of gravity’ is too close to the handle the pick-up is quite poor. If the centre of gravity is approximately 8 inches from the shoulder, then the pick-up should be good. We do not advocate measuring for the centre of gravity – you should test the pick up using the method described below.

To test the pick-up of your bat, hold it in your top hand and lift it using your normal pick up. If the bat feels heavy then the pick-up is not great. If it is easy to pick up and the bat does not feel heavy then you have a bat with good balance and pick-up.

A bat with a good pick-up will allow for a better bat speed than a bat with a poor pick-up.

What all this Means

Like the selection of any sporting equipment, there is a compromise to make. For bats this compromise is between fast bat speed and having a bat that has enough middle to get the ball to the boundary.

Fast bat speed allows adjustments to a shot whist it is being made as well as encouraging all different types of shot.

Heavier bats slow the bat speed down, but have more mass behind the ‘middle’ meaning that the ball will travel further when hit properly.

Simply put, the batsman has to decide whether he or she wants a bat with lots of weight that will hit the ball a long way when it connects, or a bat that is lighter and allows you to hit the ball in the middle more consistently. Most players end up taking a middle path, selecting a bat with an average weight (2’9” to 2’11).

When emailing about bat specifications please provide as much information as possible about your game. The more information you send the easier it is for us to recommend the correct size, weight, balance and style of bat for you.

 

Bat Length

The table below provides a rough guide to the length of bat that most cricketers of a given height will find suits their game. This may vary according to individual preference.

*AVERAGE PLAYERS HEIGHT BAT SIZE TOTAL LENGTH BLADE LENGTH BLADE WIDTH
1.3m
(4'3")
ONE
64.1cm
(25 1/4 ")
43.2cm
(17")
8.9cm
(3 1/2")
1.3m-1.37m
(4'3"-4'6")
TWO
67.9cm
(26 3/4")
46.3cm
(18 1/4")
8.9cm
(3 1/2")
1.37m-1.45m
(4'6"-4'9")
THREE
72.3cm
(28 1/2")
49.5cm
(19 1/2")
8.9cm
(3 1/2")
1.45-1.50m
(4'9"-4'11")
FOUR
74.9cm
(29 1/2")
50.8cm
(20")
10.2cm
(4")
1.50m-1.575m
(4'11"-5'2")
FIVE
77.4cm
(30 1/2")
52cm
(20 1/2")
10.2cm
(4")
1.575m-1.60m
(5'2"-5'3")
SIX
80cm
(31 1/2")
53.3cm
(21")
10.2cm
(4")
1.60m-1.68m
(5'3"-5'6")
HARROW
82.5cm
(32 1/2")
54.6cm
(21 1/2")
10.5cm
(4 1/8")
1.68m-1.75m
(5'6"-5'9")
WOMENS STANDARD
83.8cm
(33")
54.6cm
(21 1/2")
10.8cm
(4 1/4")
1.68m-1.75m
(5'6"-5'9")
SUPER SHORT
83.8cm
(33")
55.9cm
(22")
10.8cm
(4 1/4")
1.75m
(5'9") and above
SHORT HANDLE
85.1cm
(33 1/2")
55.9cm
(22")
10.8cm
(4 1/4")
1.80m
(5'11") and above
LONG BLADE : SHORT HANDLE
86.4cm
(34")
57.1cm
(22 1/2")
10.8cm
(4 1/4")
1.78m
(5'10") and above
LONG BLADE : SS HANDLE
85.1cm
(33 1/2")
57.1cm
(22 1/2")
10.8cm
(4 1/4")
1.88m
(6'2") and above
STANDARD BLADE : LONG HANDLE
87.6cm
(34 1/2")
55.9cm
(22")
10.8cm
(4 1/4")
1.93m
(6'4") and above
LONG BLADE : LONG HANDLE
88.9cm
(35")
57.1cm
(22 1/2")
10.8cm
(4 1/4")

Options to change the length of the bat include changing the blade length and changing the handle length. At Laver & Wood we recommend most players use a standard blade with a standard handle.

The rationale behind this is a Long Handle dramatically alters the centre of gravity of the bat, which alters the pick up and bat speed. This usually means having a lighter bat to compensate for the longer handle.

Long Blades are a better option than a Long Handle. A Long Blade has an extra half an inch to an inch in the blade (more on request), and does not alter the pick up as much as a long handle does. A long blade encourages you to stand up straighter when taking guard, which may or may not help your game.

Long Handle/ Long Blade is only recommend for the very tall and possibly suffer from back problems. James Laver is 6’5” and uses a long blade, mainly because it is very difficult to get a Long Handle/ Blade that feels good.

When emailing about bat specifications please provide as much information as possible about your game. The more information you send the easier it is to recommend the correct size, weight, balance and style of bat for you.



Sweetspot/Middle

The sweet spot or middle of the bat is the area of the blade where you are looking to strike the ball most of the time. Using 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.

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

A high sweet spot is usually 5” from the toe through to 13” from the toe. This bat suits a batsman who opens or prefers playing short pitched bowling and off the back foot. With a higher sweet spot, the weight distribution is higher up the blade, meaning that the bat speed is faster. This type of bat suits those who like playing cuts, hooks and pulls.

A low sweet spot is usually 3” to 11” from the toe. This type of bat suits a player who enjoys driving the ball and playing aggressively during the final overs of a game. It is particularly suited to wickets that do not have much bounce – those that are damp or have good grass cover. The pick-up is affected due to the weight of bat being nearer to the toe.

Please note that hitting the ball regularly in the desired area will enhance the sweet spot. 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.

In general we recommend a sweet spot in the normal position, but if you have a preference for a particular position then we can make the bat to your specifications.

Bat Handle

At L&W we usually make our bats with an oval shape at the base of the handle. We use this shape as it 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 only needs to hold the bat’s handle with one’s thumb and forefinger and this encourages the top hand to control the shot.

The oval shape improves the pickup due to having a larger mass nearer to your body. Most batsmen that use our oval handle will never revert back to a round one.

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

The size of a batsman’s hands can alter the specification of the handle. This is changed by either applying extra rubber grips or in the case of needing a thinner handle, specifying you have small hands when you place your order.

We can provide a standard round handle on request, but recommend the oval handle for anyone who wants to bat technically correctly.

Grips

 

The number of grips you have on your bat will be determined by personal preference. As a rough guide all of the bat weights we have specified in recommendations are with one rubber grip. Each additional grip will increase the bat’s weight by one and a quarter ounces.

We do have double thickness rubber grips for those who like a thick handle or have big hands. These do weigh three ounces so add weight to the bat.

Increasing the number of grips raises the centre of gravity and improves bat speed, as well as the feel of the bat. Too many grips, however, can make the bat feel very heavy and seem ‘lifeless’. Most batsmen use either one or two rubber grips.


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