Four Cricket Bat Technical Terms you Must Know
Buying a cricket bat is really exciting! However, it can be easy to get caught up in the immediate look of a bat, without considering some deeper, underlying features that are important to your selection.
Of course, aspects like size and weight are crucial, but it is helpful to have the most knowledge possible about your bat. Below are some key cricket bat terms you should know to ensure you both pick and take care of your bat in the best possible fashion.
1. Cricket Bat Handle
The handle is where you grip your bat. Sounds simple, but it is of utmost importance!
A cricket bat handle is often cylindrical in shape (could be triangular in some cases), and has a rubber grip to stop it from slipping out of your grasp when playing shots. The best cricket bats are made with English Willow, but the handle is made from white willow wood or cane, which often has three lines of rubber running down the handle to ensure it withstands impact as best as possible.
Also, the length of the handle is important when choosing a bat. For shorter players, short handle or other smaller sizes work best. For taller players, long handle allows for better comfort in stroke play. Click here for a full guide!
2. Cricket Bat Shoulder
The ‘shoulder’ is the part of the bat that runs down from the handle to the body of the bat.
It is important to note that if you are using a bat that is too short, the shoulder of your bat can be easily exposed to a bouncing delivery.
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3. Cricket Bat Blade
The ‘Blade’ or ‘Body’ of a cricket bat is where you want to be striking the ball (not the edges)!
There are three key things to keep in mind when thinking about the blade:
- The ‘sweet spot’ can be in different places: The ‘sweet spot’ is the best and strongest part of the blade, which will give you greatest distance. Some bats have it lower on the blade, which is good for low and slow conditions, whereas others have it higher, suited for bouncier conditions.
- How many grains are on the face? “Bat Grains” are a reference to the quality of your bat. These are the lines you see run down the bat face. The more grains, and the straighter the lines, the better the bat quality. Professional cricket bats of the highest quality have eight straight-lined grains at the very least.
- Is it well protected? All cricket bats should be either oiled or protected using protective film that acts as an extra layer to protect your bat. Also, it is crucial to knock in your bat really well with a ball mallet or wooden mallet before you start using it, and then face slow bowling to get your bat properly ready. An underprepared bat creates greater risk of damage.
For more information on how to choose the perfect cricket bat, visit our cricket bat selection article!
4. Cricket Bat Toe
The “toe” is the bottom part of the bat.
It is easy to think about protecting the handle, face and edges of the bat first, but the toe is often the first part of the bat to have damage. If the ball strikes an unprotected toe, your bat is at risk of cracking, which means greater fixing or even replacement costs. A simple toe guard goes a long way to ensuring greater longevity for your cricket bat.
So, there are the four key elements of a cricket bat to keep in mind when purchasing and/or protecting your bat.
Thanks for reading!
By Charbel Coorey, owner of CricBlog: www.cricblog.net