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Blank Bat - Hulk Profile (well sort of) - my new BEAST!
« on: May 20, 2014, 09:13:30 AM »

As you may have seen from the WIYK video competition - I do have an extraordinary new wand.

And I am very justified in using the words "extraordinary new wand".

Background story...
I phoned Mike up around Easter outlining my need (really? - more like desire...) for a new bat, an appropriately large (very reasonable?!) sum of cash changed hands and Mike said he would bring me something the next time we met up - which worked for me. Unfortunately we didn't get so have our net due for ages (all my fault) so I asked Mike to post the bat to me in time for my game at the weekend.

What I wasn't expecting was what arrived

Mike said he would choose me an awesome performing bat and insisted that I should trust him to find me something I would love.
 
Now typically I would be relatively prescriptive on shape/style of bat - preferably something either relatively traditional or a lovely Pakistani shaped bat - usually the most important things for me are having the right handle and in a 2-10-211 weight range - but I have seen (and sampled) some of the more different shapes Blank Bats have trialled with Mike when we have netted - so I was persuaded to go with the flow.

What I wasn't expecting was this huge grade 2 (or 3 or Butterfly - who really knows...) custom XL club shaped weapon



This beast is all about performance - beauty here is in the eye of the beholder, it picks up well nicely on weight - but boy does it go.

It has been a while since I walked out to bat wielding something that really gave me confidence in the willow I was holding. The SAF Genus I had scored me loads of runs but was always just too heavy and my other bat had the middle too high - which I thought based on my netting was where I needed it - but it appears where I hit the ball in the nets doesn't resemble where I hit the ball in the middle.

This bat however felt good as I faced my first ball (an ungainly non-foot moving prod at a brisk ish medium paced plodder). The second ball screamed to the boundary through the off side. Confidence was back - and continued to flow until I was out LBW to one that kept a little low (shot along the floor - as I was shaping to launch it into Dorking).

Two things also to say
1. there has been a load of debate around concaving and performance - with this - I have large edges and massive amounts of wood in the hitting area - which does inspire confidence
2. yes it has nine straitish grains - but performance can definitely come from the less pretty bats

As I mention in the video's this is an extra ordinary club. Genuinely good enough for a pro. Genuinely wasted on me - but boy will I enjoy it...

Everyone loves a little video review!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQWb6Hdrk9o

Here are a few pictures of the Incredible Hulk Club...













With the special super large coin on the edge...




And on the scales


and one after use...


yes this bat is
meets

« Last Edit: November 27, 2014, 04:32:55 PM by Buzz »
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Re: Blank Bat - Hulk Profile (well sort of) - my new BEAST!
« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2014, 09:25:38 AM »

Great stuff

I've seen Canners bat which is very similar to that profile. Seems to be a winner.

Lucky Buzz.

(The Tour profile could be the new butterfly)
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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2014, 09:27:31 AM »

Nice review mate, a lot of effort put into it, this must be one of the best bats ever! Wish I could  have something like this in 2.8, maybe smaller spine and edges, with not much concaving. When I heard that sound 😍. My dream bat. Think it sounds almost as good as some of those 3lb monsters on Its Just Cricket's channel.
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Re: Blank Bat - Hulk Profile (well sort of) - my new BEAST!
« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2014, 09:30:18 AM »

Wow!!!!

I think this should do a visit to the BoE nets on Weds night, for err science reasons :D

Looks beautiful!

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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2014, 09:50:27 AM »

A Captain Caveman club you say..........................................most interesting!
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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2014, 10:10:35 AM »

Looking at Captain Cavemans club, 4 grains, not very straight. TT sloped shoulders.

BUZZ if you hit a 6 with this bat you must shout "HULK SMASH!!!"

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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2014, 10:43:26 AM »

Glad to see that it has arrived. It looks lovely and in Hulk green too.
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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2014, 10:53:07 AM »

Looking at Captain Cavemans club, 4 grains, not very straight. TT sloped shoulders.

BUZZ if you hit a 6 with this bat you must shout "HULK SMASH!!!"

I have hit a six with it... I didn't feel the need to shout HULK SMASH however!! But I did grin broadly!
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« Reply #8 on: May 20, 2014, 11:12:54 AM »

Nice detailed review and lovely meaty profile!
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« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2014, 12:05:42 PM »

Dream profile - absolutely drooling! Would love one of these. So much wood.

To come in at 2lb 10.5oz we must be talking low density cleft!
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« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2014, 12:08:14 PM »

Beast bat that is :)
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« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2014, 12:10:57 PM »

Mmm nice bat :)
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Re: Blank Bat - Hulk Profile (well sort of) - my new BEAST!
« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2014, 05:19:59 PM »

Oh yes!!!
Two things

First, fair play to whoever shaped it, stunning profile
Second, looks huge for the weight? Especially without any concaving

Want one!
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Re: Blank Bat - Hulk Profile (well sort of) - my new BEAST!
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2014, 10:03:53 PM »

If anyone wants one of these bad boys......I Will offer a run of 5 of these bats at 200 posted

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Re: Blank Bat - Hulk Profile (well sort of) - my new BEAST!
« Reply #14 on: May 20, 2014, 10:10:41 PM »

What weight range are these available in?
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