When it comes to buying a new cricket bat there are a number of factors that you need to address before making your final decision to purchase a new cricket bat, such as:
- The brand, - The size, - The model, - The weight,
…these are just a few factors to consider.
This article will look briefly at a few tips to follow when it comes to replacing your old favourite bat with a new cricket bat.
Choosing a cricket bat based on its brand really comes down to personally preference, as realistically there is not much major difference between brands. They all have cricket bats with similar attributes and features; it is variation between models that I would pay closer attention too, not brand name. However it is worth mentioning that some of new Kookaburra cricket bat models are almost unique, as some are now reinforced with a new graphite matrix, giving “maximum power transfer and increased strength”.
When buying a new cricket bat, carefully select model of cricket bat that most suitably fits your style of play. As some bats are designed specifically certain styles in mind, for example Kookaburra Big Kahuna, is designed for strong, ‘big hitters’. Whereas Kookaburra Kahuna Ricky Ponting cricket bat is an excellent choice for a stroke player who likes to hit boundaries.
It is very important when buying a new cricket bat to choose correct size bat. As a bat that is too large or too small will only hinder your playing ability. I’ve found best way to determine if a bat is of right size, is to stand in your batting stance and rest toe of bat against outside of your back foot, lean cricket bat so that top of handle rests next to inside groin of your front leg. If bat is of right size it should rest comfortably next to your box on inside groin of your front leg.
The weight of a cricket bat is probably most important and you should choose a lighter bat where possible. A lot of players make mistake of buying a bat which is too heavy and their performance suffers as a result, this is especially applicable to younger players who are often lulled into buying bats which are either to heavy or too big. As an adult I tend to choose a weight of around 2’ 8 – 2’ 10 oz, in a short handle (SH).