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Anyone ever use a real pro bat?
« on: June 13, 2017, 12:01:57 AM »

Now I know many people have used a bat that a Misbah or Bell or another pro handed down to a club cricketer who handed it down to a bat affictionado, but I'm always reminded of a quote from Haydo's biography when I hear such stories, Haydo writes "Andrew Symonds simple theory on bats is that there are three types: those you use in a game, those you use in the nets and those you probably wouldnt use yourself, so you give them to fast bowlers and tell them how good they are."

Now I'm sure pro's get all sorts of bats, from the absolute guns to decent bats that are not good enough for international cricket. My belief is that no player would ever gift a bat good enough to use in a match to anyone.

So my question is, has anyone here ever had the opportunity to tap up or net with a "real" pro's bat ? If so, how much better were they compared to the "guns" we buy off the shelf or get one of our custom makers to build ?

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Re: Anyone ever use a real pro bat?
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2017, 12:15:17 AM »

Yes, a match used England players bat (briefly). Was nice out the middle but not a massive step change compared to a good commoners bat. There was nothing magical about it and I still sucked. It is almost as though it is the player that scores runs not the bat ;)
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Re: Anyone ever use a real pro bat?
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2017, 12:19:08 AM »

I recently started to use a Pro bat. I just touched 2 balls and both of them went out of the stadium. I haven't been playing for last few weeks but from first week of July, I will be going back. I am so excited to use that bat.
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Re: Anyone ever use a real pro bat?
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2017, 12:23:03 AM »

I recently started to use a Pro bat. I just touched 2 balls and both of them went out of the stadium. I haven't been playing for last few weeks but from first week of July, I will be going back. I am so excited to use that bat.

Any chance of some pics  ;)
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Re: Anyone ever use a real pro bat?
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2017, 12:25:39 AM »

i currently have two in my possession. both have had a little work done in terms of repairs.

i have used one briefly and havent noticed any difference to the h4l i use in terms of performance. hopefully i can use it a nit more and maybe notice the difference.
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Re: Anyone ever use a real pro bat?
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2017, 12:31:02 AM »

yep, used a handful of players bats, lucky enough to play with some amazing players,
they do ping better in my opinion but more the middles are that much bigger, low density and all that jazz
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Re: Anyone ever use a real pro bat?
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2017, 02:34:26 AM »

Yup. I have a few.

 I used one regularly for 4 seasons and a well timed push ("just a push" described by the batsman on the other end, once) would result in a boundary. It is nearly 2-12 bat picked up 3-4 ounces lighter. I have retired because it has seen its days - delaminated in the middle with lot of cracking on the edges and I can't be bothered to repair it. I am contemplating if I should get a copy made of that bat and not just shape but also replicate the swing weight, balance point, etc. Bloody thing is that good!
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Re: Anyone ever use a real pro bat?
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2017, 03:51:07 AM »

My current match bat is a current county players bat.  The player has played for England and
Used this bat in an ashes test. @tom line recently refurbished it for me.
It goes very well and the main difference I've noticed is the size of the bat for the weight.
Weighs 2lb 9oz and is not a small bat at all.
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Re: Anyone ever use a real pro bat?
« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2017, 05:42:13 AM »

One word. Awesome!
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Re: Anyone ever use a real pro bat?
« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2017, 06:31:10 AM »

I have one of James Taylor a few fro Tom alsop yes there good but I would suspect they would be being match used.

If it not been used by said player then in truth it a reject and therefore I doubt any better

It's all in the mind you know if a player bat been used in games comes to you normally it been through a process and you know it a decent bat.

But if you don't know one end to the tother it not a pro bat you will need

Even had a rejected Trott bat because it was a few mm out in his handle set.

I'd agree on average they tend to e a bit bigger than your average bat but average pro get shop bats unless they go white label

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Re: Anyone ever use a real pro bat?
« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2017, 06:40:09 AM »

Oh an once used one of Gary ballance slazenger (thank you b3) man that was a great bat all wrong and too heavy but man it went well
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Re: Anyone ever use a real pro bat?
« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2017, 07:00:27 AM »

I've used 2-3 match used one, went very well but not noticeably better than the best bats I've owned, all were pretty big for the weight. Main thing was you still had to middle the ball with them, edges and place and misses went to exactly the same place as they would do with a SD Kashmir number.
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