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shax12

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Re: Long Blade vs Long Handle for tall batsmen
« Reply #15 on: September 27, 2020, 08:27:50 AM »

I'm 5ft9. Always used SH standard blade bats. Bought a bat some years ago from SS and didn't realise it was long blade and after a while realised it was long blade. Balance was excellent and it helped me with my balance at the crease and keeping me upright in my stance which helped alot. Definitely go for long blade instead of Long handle
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Re: Long Blade vs Long Handle for tall batsmen
« Reply #16 on: September 27, 2020, 09:18:40 AM »

Long handle for me - one of my favourite bats is even a short blade extra long handle. Finding a LB that's balanced nicely is a pain in my experience, and they usually don't swing as well. LH bats should be easier to find a nicely balanced example as the hatmaker isn't having to do anything much different. That said, pick up is much more about the individual bat than the handle length.
As for where you hold it - you only need to change anything for a LH if you hold it down by the shoulders, and if that's the case I'd suggest keeping a SH and sorting your grip out would be a better change. Quite a personal thing to be fair, but if buying blind I'd go LH every day.
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Re: Long Blade vs Long Handle for tall batsmen
« Reply #17 on: September 27, 2020, 09:54:06 AM »

Im 62 and I also use a shorter blade GM with a longer handle  :)
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Re: Long Blade vs Long Handle for tall batsmen
« Reply #18 on: September 27, 2020, 11:13:55 AM »

Thanks folks, for all your expert input. Nobody seems to have a long blade where I live, so really nothing to compare to.

Personally, I had good stroke play with the LH when I tried it for few games so would go with LH. And as one of the members pointed out I will keep the same weight as my SH bat.

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Re: Long Blade vs Long Handle for tall batsmen
« Reply #19 on: September 27, 2020, 02:47:34 PM »

6ft 4 and have two short blades. Ones a Cor3 Goose and the other is a B3 Trott that I had modified to be an inch shorter in the blade. Previously used a LB, a good bat but just felt like I was wasting wood. And by reducing blade length you get a bigger toe and shoulders for the same weight bat so less chance of breakages. Ohh and always sets you up for some good abuse at the crease too.
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Re: Long Blade vs Long Handle for tall batsmen
« Reply #20 on: September 27, 2020, 07:35:45 PM »

I'm 6'5" and I use a SH. It is fine. But I do have a couple of LH bats that I use in the nets. Doesn't seem to make much difference at all. LH is slightly more comfortable in the hands but it doesn't seem to make me any better or worse at getting down to yorkers and low balls. I also had a LB Morrant last season but it was unbalanced and felt heavy in the hands. So, to be honest I'm not sure these things make much difference, even for really tall players. Lots of tall pros use SH. What did Pietersen use? Anyone know?
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Re: Long Blade vs Long Handle for tall batsmen
« Reply #21 on: September 28, 2020, 04:20:52 AM »

Long handle for me - one of my favourite bats is even a short blade extra long handle. Finding a LB that's balanced nicely is a pain in my experience, and they usually don't swing as well. LH bats should be easier to find a nicely balanced example as the hatmaker isn't having to do anything much different. That said, pick up is much more about the individual bat than the handle length.
As for where you hold it - you only need to change anything for a LH if you hold it down by the shoulders, and if that's the case I'd suggest keeping a SH and sorting your grip out would be a better change. Quite a personal thing to be fair, but if buying blind I'd go LH every day.

Pretty much nailed it.
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Re: Long Blade vs Long Handle for tall batsmen
« Reply #22 on: September 28, 2020, 07:35:36 AM »

I'm 6'5" and I use a SH. It is fine. But I do have a couple of LH bats that I use in the nets. Doesn't seem to make much difference at all. LH is slightly more comfortable in the hands but it doesn't seem to make me any better or worse at getting down to yorkers and low balls. I also had a LB Morrant last season but it was unbalanced and felt heavy in the hands. So, to be honest I'm not sure these things make much difference, even for really tall players. Lots of tall pros use SH. What did Pietersen use? Anyone know?

Pietersen used a standard SH throughout his career I believe.
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