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How To Choose Suitable Cricket Bats
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Sunil Jajodia
September 12, 2011 06:56:56 PM
Sports Categories: Bat & Ball: Cricket
If you are British, you probably either play cricket or watch cricket games as the sport has a considerable fan following in the UK. Even if you are not a professional player, it may be a great idea to join a cricket club to get new sports skills. But before you start playing, it’s necessary to prepare for the game by getting proper equipment.

Superior quality cricket bats are essential cricket equipment items considered an important investment for any player, be it an amateur player or an experienced professional. However, it’s not that easy to pick a suitable cricket bat, with a large assortment of bats in all possible sizes, designs and weights. If you are not quite sure which aspects to take into account when choosing the right bat, look through this article for more information.

Choose the material of the bat
Most quality cricket bats are made from a special type of soft wood known as willow wood. The unique willow cell structure makes the wood ideal for bats, providing them with a great striking capability. Though the majority of bats are made from willow, there are still various types of wood to choose from including premium Kashmir and English willow. Bats are also categorised according to the quality of willow used.

They include willow with straight grain and irregular grain providing minimal marking. It’s advisable to choose a bat with the skill level in mind. Bats made from English willow with straight grain are suitable for experienced amateur players whereas bats from unbleached English willow are ideal for senior players.

Consider the size and the weight of the bat
As is stated above, cricket bats are available in a range of sizes. Picking the right size is important if you want to use your potential to the full as the wrong size of bat may influence the stroke of the player. This rule applies to both junior and senior players though parents sometimes want their children to have bigger bats which are no good for young players. Bats that are too heavy or too long prevent the player from picking the bat up properly thus influencing the stroke. Junior players usually perform better with lighter and smaller bats while senior players may opt for heavier and bigger items.

When looking for the right cricket bat weight, it’s also vital to take into account the position of the player in the game for stroke makers usually choose lighter bats while hitters go for heavier ones.

The main features of the cricket bat
Quality cricket bats should offer a comfortable feel, in the first place. An appropriate cricket bat features flowing big contour edges, convenient cane handles for added control, the right type of sweet spot which refers to the area of the bat able to generate the largest amount of power.

It’s advisable to choose from normal, low and high sweet spots according to the position of the player during the game.Getting proper cricket bats is essential for amateur and professional players as the right bats help maximise their power and strokes. With a great variety of items available in stock, you may sometimes get confused which bat is the most suitable one. Use the tips mentioned above and consult the coach to make the right choice.
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