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Bat Making / Re: What makes a batmaker?
« Last post by nivaga on Today at 09:07:16 AM »
I think shaping clefts is the basic entry requirement to calling yourself a batmaker

... Where does that leave those (well respected brands) that use CNC?  Pressing is clearly one of the most important steps and individual attention to pressing each cleft/bat is rightly promoted by most bat 'makers' as a USP. 

For me the next most important part is balance and that has to do with shaping the cleft ... but I guess what I cannot figure out is whether individual clefts vary sufficiently that hand shaping is a real advantage over cookie cuter CNC shaping ...? 
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Bat Making / Re: Making a laminate
« Last post by Chompy9760 on Today at 09:01:27 AM »
If you are trying to increase rebound with your laminate, I have an interesting observation.
I had a go at making a flat backed Catch bat a couple weeks ago, putting a layer of 12mm foam/rubber on the front.
Trying to get a comparison of rebound on both sides, the foam felt good but I wanted to quantify it.
If I lay the bat foam side up on a cement floor, and drop a ball on it, the ball bounces very well.
If I lay the bat foam side down, (sandwiched between the wood and the cement) the ball barely bounces at all.  It seems that the 'sandwich' absorbs most of the energy.

I appreciate that you're using a lot less than 12mm of cork/rubber but it seems that impact spread over a large area of foam absorbs much more energy than impact spread over a small area.

As far as rebound goes, I would have thought that rubber and cork would both be pretty dead.  After all, when used in handles, isn't their purpose to absorb energy in the form of vibrations and shocks?
I know foam rubber does increase rebound as it contains air bubbles which compress and expand.  Well that's my theory anyway :)

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Other Gear / Re: Thigh pads - questions and now answers!
« Last post by SD on Today at 08:17:15 AM »
I find the hip protection bulky but an essential part of the thigh pad.  Of all the places on the lower body to get hit, getting struck on the corner of hip bone is by far the most painful.  When I first started playing, thigh pads were essentially a foam rectangle held in place with two pieces of Velcro.  The ball that climbs and jags back in was horrible without proper protection in that area
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Bat Making / Re: Making a laminate
« Last post by edge on Today at 08:15:19 AM »
I'm not sure I'd bother with the recess, a lot of trouble to go to just to hide the cork? If going for an insert I would go cork over rubber personally.
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Bat Making / Re: What makes a batmaker?
« Last post by edge on Today at 08:11:42 AM »
Sticker up brands get a bad rep because there's been plenty of examples of brands that have taken liberties by misleading people about what they're buying in one way or another. Plenty that do things right of course.

I think shaping clefts is the basic entry requirement to calling yourself a batmaker - anyone starting with a part made and turning it into a finished bat is definitely making bats, but I'd definitely defer to someone who presses and handles as well as just shaping. I'd love to be able to handle and press my own bats, but after I'd sunk a few grand into the necessary gear I'd have to be selling a lot to make it worthwhile!
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Latest Matches / Re: Pakistan t20
« Last post by jdownesbcfc on Today at 07:46:14 AM »
Fitness is definitely important in T20s, what makes good teams great is their running between the wickets, and probably more importantly, the standard of fielding. Heíll never make it at Intl level because of those reasons. A good T20 side adds 20+ to their total with the above. A bad side can lose 20+. Canít be compromised on at elite level
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Other Gear / Re: Thigh pads - questions and now answers!
« Last post by 19reading87 on Today at 07:25:10 AM »
On a load of the new thigh pads there is some form of hip protector, the GN, Moonwkr, Masuri etc what is the general view?
The p1s have had them in various guises for years.
I have found they just get in the way...!

I have found this too - itís so hard to just find a basic non bulky thigh guard
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Latest Matches / Re: Pakistan t20
« Last post by nivaga on Today at 06:57:41 AM »
He only seems to have limited scoring shots. He will be easily exposed on international level.

Yeah ... an "in the arc out the park" player.

That 'baggage' will catch up with him and his team sometime ... like when a quick single or a push for 2  is needed ... or even his partner who has faced some dots and knows he cannot release the pressure with a quick single on offer and is forced to take more risks.
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Latest Matches / Re: Pakistan t20
« Last post by KW9221 on Today at 06:01:33 AM »
Fitness is totally irrelevant for t-20 game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ENzHZGs2-4
He only seems to have limited scoring shots. He will be easily exposed on international level.
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Latest Matches / Re: Pakistan t20
« Last post by InternalTraining on Today at 04:29:20 AM »
Fitness is totally irrelevant for t-20 game.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ENzHZGs2-4
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