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Sweet spot position of your ideal/match bat

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Re: What sweet spot position folks prefer for their ideal bat
« Reply #15 on: September 15, 2017, 09:32:26 AM »

Mid to high. I think many people would be surprised how high on the bat they actually hit the ball even on a low and slow wicket.

100% this - we (the UK) in general think far too much into the classic 'low and slow' claims. Just look at your bat and I bet a large majority of the ball marks will be higher than expected - unless you're getting right to the pitch of the ball the chances are you're playing off what would be classed as a high middle.

Being 6ft 3 I used to go with a low middle (overthinking my height), but having switched to a fairly high sweetspot a few years back I've never looked back.

Plus, it picks up miles better - what's not to like?!
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Re: What sweet spot position folks prefer for their ideal bat
« Reply #16 on: September 15, 2017, 10:04:51 AM »

100% this - we (the UK) in general think far too much into the classic 'low and slow' claims. Just look at your bat and I bet a large majority of the ball marks will be higher than expected - unless you're getting right to the pitch of the ball the chances are you're playing off what would be classed as a high middle.

Being 6ft 3 I used to go with a low middle (overthinking my height), but having switched to a fairly high sweetspot a few years back I've never looked back.

Plus, it picks up miles better - what's not to like?!


Years ago , i thought the same , I'm 6ft3 too , thought i need a low middle . When i switched to mid-high middles i wondered why i hadnt made the switch earlier .
Also , good mid-high middles still go ok near the toe . I tend to think , of all middle positions , it's most difficult to achieve/find a long sweetspot on a low middle bat - a lot of mid middle bats go as good low as low middle bats but go better higher up too .
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Re: What sweet spot position folks prefer for their ideal bat
« Reply #17 on: September 15, 2017, 07:10:55 PM »

My bat seems to have one of the moveable middles....often in the nets and throw downs i find the middle all day long. Get out into a game and the bugger has moved somewhere and i can't find him for love nor money....
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Re: What sweet spot position folks prefer for their ideal bat
« Reply #18 on: September 15, 2017, 07:57:06 PM »

A good bat would have a long sweet spot with help from knocking and ball consistently hitting certain areas. So, my answer is none of the three but a bat with a long sweet spot. Of all the bats I own, my CA match bat pings beautifully - toe area is extremely response and high spots are very pingy for cutting and pulling.
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Re: What sweet spot position folks prefer for their ideal bat
« Reply #19 on: September 16, 2017, 12:55:41 AM »

A good bat would have a long sweet spot with help from knocking and ball consistently hitting certain areas. So, my answer is none of the three but a bat with a long sweet spot. Of all the bats I own, my CA match bat pings beautifully - toe area is extremely response and high spots are very pingy for cutting and pulling.
I think most good bats go well from toe to stickers but almost every bat has a peak performance area at one position. The question here is where you prefer that peak performance area to be.
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Re: What sweet spot position folks prefer for their ideal bat
« Reply #20 on: September 16, 2017, 03:02:22 PM »

I think most good bats go well from toe to stickers

In my experience, that is not the case. You need some mass in the toe region for the bat to be responsive and not all bats are that responsive in that area. Bats that have long sweet spots tends to have a meaty toe and a high spine running thru the high part of the bat (or all to the way to the handle).

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but almost every bat has a peak performance area at one position. The question here is where you prefer that peak performance area to be.
I think you are asking about "node of percussion" or "center of percussion" of a bat. The bats I use are pretty big and medium-heavy weight (2-11/2-12) and for me, the bat speed is far more important than how the ball feels when the contact is made. I feel that bats with high middle (concentrated bat mass/bulge) tend to have slower bat speed (although punchy on faster/bouncier tracks) then bats with mid/low-medium (concentrated bat mass/bulge). I like faster bat speed. :)
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Re: What sweet spot position folks prefer for their ideal bat
« Reply #21 on: September 16, 2017, 06:11:26 PM »

Lets play a game of guess where the middle is... yes, it is the only spot down the centre of the bat with no marks about a third up from the toe!

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Re: What sweet spot position folks prefer for their ideal bat
« Reply #22 on: September 16, 2017, 09:15:21 PM »

Lets play a game of guess where the middle is... yes, it is the only spot down the centre of the bat with no marks about a third up from the toe!




Take this photo to a batmaker and ask him to shape a bat with the appropriate middle .....
"Um you want me to put the middle everywhere except the middle , or just leave the bat without a middle ? .... both will work" .  :D  :)
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Re: What sweet spot position folks prefer for their ideal bat
« Reply #23 on: September 16, 2017, 09:22:23 PM »

@Biggie Smalls :  Is it possible that when the ball hits right at the sweet spot with perfect timing, it would leave no mark at all  :D
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Re: What sweet spot position folks prefer for their ideal bat
« Reply #24 on: September 16, 2017, 09:25:44 PM »

@Biggie Smalls :  Is it possible that when the ball hits right at the sweet spot with perfect timing, it would leave no mark at all  :D


Hahaha. .... can i borrow this excuse , i mean , this reasoning ? Next time i have a crap season with the bat I'll just use this line and tell everyone I've been middling everything immaculately!   :D
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Re: What sweet spot position folks prefer for their ideal bat
« Reply #25 on: September 16, 2017, 09:30:18 PM »

@Biggie Smalls :  Is it possible that when the ball hits right at the sweet spot with perfect timing, it would leave no mark at all  :D

To be fair it doesn't matter if it is indoor ball marks or cherries.... the middled ones never leave a mark, it is simply sod's law!
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