HOW OUR ENGLISH WILLOW MADE TO ORDER BATS ARE MADE
Each cricket bat willow tree is grown in the UK for around 20 years before being processed & into raw clefts. They are then given an initial grade and dried.
The raw clefts then get sent to Meerut, India. Our high-quality Singapore Manu cane & cork cane handles are made in Jalandhar and are sent to Meerut, where they are spliced into our raw clefts. The clefts are then machined and go through our 3-stage pressing process, which maximises the potential performance of each piece of willow.
The bats are then shipped to New Zealand, where they are given a final grade, shaped by hand and finished to your chosen specifications. We trust in our process, which allows you to walk to the crease with confidence, knowing that you're using a premium product that you can rely on to perform under pressure.
What you need to know
The information below will provide you with the necessary details to make informed decisions on the design of your Fantail Custom cricket bat.
A Grade 3 bat may have up to half heartwood across the bat, which has no direct relation to the playing ability of the bat. There will be a minimum of 4 grains on the bat's face, which may not always be straight. Some small knots or 'butterfly' stain may be present with perhaps more prominent "speck".
If you're looking for a specific grain structure, select 'SEND PICTURES OF WILLOW OPTIONS' above. If there isn't an option you like, we will refund your order.
SELECTING THE CORRECT WEIGHT
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 comparatively easy to middle the ball with, but it will stay hit when you connect with it.
In general, the rule is light bats for the controlled players and slightly heavier bats for the aggressive and attacking stroke-makers.
Use these weights as a guide when choosing the weight of your bat:
Light (2lbs 6oz - 2lbs 8oz): We recommend this weight range if you are moving from junior sizing to your first full-size bat or if your moving into the finishing stages of your playing career and are looking for a lighter bat which may help if you carry a lingering injury
Regular (2lbs 9oz - 2lbs 10oz): This is a standard weight range for a full-size cricket bat. The majority of professional cricketers use a bat of this weight. It is an excellent balance between bat speed and bat performance.
Heavy (2lbs 11oz +): From 2lbs 11oz, you get a bat less about bat speed and more about overall performance. This weight range is for players who want to score their runs through boundaries and want a large and imposing bat.
SPINE & EDGE PEAK POSITIONS
The sweet spot or middle of the bat is the blade area where you achieve the most significant amount of power. 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.
When choosing the spine position, remember the higher you go, the better the pick up will be.
We give customers the option of having a different spine peak position to the edge. Having an offset edge and spine is designed to lengthen the middle, improving the pickup and balance. This option is optimal if you like a low sweet spot.
EDGE & SPINE HEIGHT
As cricket bats are made from a natural product, each cricket bat will feel and perform slightly different. The same-sized clefts can weigh 10oz different to the next, which comes from the density of the willow. Most batsmen like to see a bat with thick edges and a high spine, but we don't recommend prioritising this over performance and bat speed.
As a guide, we always recommend prioritising a fuller profile over edge and spine height. Very often, bats are chosen based on the measurements, not on what will best suit the player. When you select the edge and spine height, take the information above into consideration and remember it is to give us a guide only. The specifications given may need to be adjusted to achieve the weight & shape you're after.
CONFORM TO MCC LAWS
In October 2017, the new MCC laws on cricket bat sizes came into force for the professional game. The new code means that the maximum dimensions of a cricket bat will be 108mm in blade width, 67mm in spine height with 40mm edges. A bat gauge has been developed for umpires to check players bats, and we use one in the workshop to guarantee your bat will fit through.
The laws are only applicable to the professional game, but there is a moratorium period for the amateur game. This period means that amateur players can still use and purchase oversized bats that may violate the Law.
We encourage you to give us as much information as possible. This area is a space to tell us precisely what you want, whether that is replicating your current bat, a bat you've found online or creating a new shape altogether.
If you're not sure what would suit you, let us know your playing style, pitches you play on, best & worst shots, formats you play, bats that you've previously used and what you liked/disliked about them, age & build we will then design a shape based on the information you provide that moulds to your game.