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What would your preference be in blade length if you had the option at purchase?

Long blade length
Have only used a standard blade but would try a different length in my next bat
Standard blade length
Not bothered
Short blade length
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DorsetDan

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Re: Long Blade / Standard / Short blade
« Reply #60 on: May 18, 2017, 08:00:27 PM »

Reviving an old thread but an interesting one when thinking about custom bats.

Picked up a very interesting bat recently from the forum, just under 2.14, shorter blade, 50+mm edges...

Just as I suspected I found myself holding it in the same place relative to the toe as other bats, ie further from the shoulders. I didn't like the balance of other shorter blades when doing this, but this particular bat felt spot on which goes with my original thinking that it doesn't really matter how long the blade or handle is so long as you can hold the bat ok in your normal stance and the balance feels good when holding in that place on the handle.

... anyway... it is the same length blade and about 10mm longer overall compared to a size 6. Now there's no way I'd buy it being told it is a 2.14 size 6 but it just works on this particular bat.

Point of the ramble is when you break down the numbers of various sizes there isn't actually that much between them and I think there is a lot of scope to play around with bat dimensions and not accept the norm

[dreaming]I wonder if my next custom 2.14 monster size 6 will qualify for junior prices[/dreaming]
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Re: Long Blade / Standard / Short blade
« Reply #61 on: May 18, 2017, 08:05:18 PM »

bet it was designed by a genius
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Re: Long Blade / Standard / Short blade
« Reply #62 on: May 18, 2017, 08:08:41 PM »

bet it was designed by a genius

Or someone who things a size 6 is a normal sized bat  :D

To be fair, it is genius how it all comes together and not many people would mess around with bats as much as that as on paper everything about it seems wrong

edit: the size 6 I compared it to belonged to a scrawny 14 year old only a touch shorter than me who was convinced he'd grown out of it and needed a Harrow. Funny thing was he batted 30 mins with this 2.13-2.14 claiming it was lighter than his own and absolutely loved it
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Re: Long Blade / Standard / Short blade
« Reply #63 on: May 18, 2017, 08:09:57 PM »

key is shoulders and toe ratio...
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Re: Long Blade / Standard / Short blade
« Reply #64 on: May 19, 2017, 03:50:59 AM »

key is shoulders and toe ratio...


Is that 2 shoulders :1 Toe Dave? Just kidding. Do you mean height?
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Re: Long Blade / Standard / Short blade
« Reply #65 on: May 19, 2017, 04:56:54 PM »



Is that 2 shoulders :1 Toe Dave? Just kidding. Do you mean height?

Come on Marc you done enough videos to understand what i mean.

As a bat designer of a few pro players bats both via copying and adapting models which is pretty much what every body does.

Trott bat was the source and the rest came from a idea of equilateral

Or basically balance of wood and precived middle meeting the actual middle.
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Re: Long Blade / Standard / Short blade
« Reply #66 on: August 28, 2018, 01:41:49 PM »

Resurrecting this rather than starting a new topic, but what was the consensus? I'm short, 5'10", but am all torso and thus have short legs for my frame, all those sorts of things must come into consideration. I've used a GM short blade that flies and seems to work for me because of my height, still hold the bat near the shoulder and effectively waste the additional bit of handle, apart from its impact upon balance. Never been yorked, but still manage to find other inglorious ways of getting out. On the face of it, I've a full SH bat as well which I also love, is honestly quite difficult to notice the difference.

Do fancy a Neon or Mana, but was just wondering if a players height should factor into this, and also what you guys are working with these days?
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Re: Long Blade / Standard / Short blade
« Reply #67 on: August 28, 2018, 03:34:11 PM »

Player's height, playing style, stance i.e. stand up or crouched etc all factor into it, thus there is no one size fit even for two similarly built players. Myself 5-10, been using SH all along, tried SB and it didn't work out at all, tried LH and it just didn't feel right. Recently tried LB for fun, and it felt perfect, also scored tons of runs with it (my upright stance must have favored LB despite me being only 5-10).
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Re: Long Blade / Standard / Short blade
« Reply #68 on: August 28, 2018, 05:54:17 PM »

Remember reading about how Mike Hussey went bat up, against all Australian tradition, as he kept falling over in his stance with a SH. He's our height, 5-10, as well but all legs and upright like you. Was looking to see what other players do or look for. Or could do what seems to be the norm here and risk divorce by buying one of each and trying them out.
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Re: Long Blade / Standard / Short blade
« Reply #69 on: August 28, 2018, 05:58:44 PM »

Yes, in one of the interviews, Mark Waugh said he used LB as he had an upright stance. That actually made me want to try out the LB for fun to see how it goes. Until you try out, you never know what works best for you. Best to pick up something cheap for such experiments and go for a good one once you know what works.
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Re: Long Blade / Standard / Short blade
« Reply #70 on: August 28, 2018, 07:15:11 PM »

Sounds like a plan. Will start the search. Also, this interest was piqued by an interview I saw with Rory Burns about his kit. In which he states he has a shorter blade Zelos on account of his height, or lack thereof. Know a shorter blade Zelos doesn't exist, but definitely got me thinking about all this again.
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