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Which handle shape do you prefer

Oval (includes all levels such as oval/semi-oval etc)
- 34 (82.9%)
Round
- 7 (17.1%)

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Re: Bat handle shape preference
« Reply #15 on: February 28, 2018, 08:40:16 PM »

Without wishing to generalise different players on the forum, round at the bottom is a hackers preference, oval at the bottom helps keep the hands in line to play straight.

Warsop make the best handles by miles I can't figure why they don't get more of a mention on the forum. Some of the bats break into a thousand pieces but you will still be holding  a beautifully shaped large oval handle.  :)
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Re: Bat handle shape preference
« Reply #16 on: February 28, 2018, 08:42:15 PM »

Without wishing to generalise different players on the forum, round at the bottom is a hackers preference, oval at the bottom helps keep the hands in line to play straight.

Warsop make the best handles by miles I can't figure why they don't get more of a mention on the forum. Some of the bats break into a thousand pieces but you will still be holding  a beautifully shaped large oval handle.  :)
Not always to be fair, I can't stand round handles and I'm bottom handed as they come!
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Re: Bat handle shape preference
« Reply #17 on: February 28, 2018, 09:56:17 PM »

Without wishing to generalise different players on the forum, round at the bottom is a hackers preference, oval at the bottom helps keep the hands in line to play straight.

Warsop make the best handles by miles I can't figure why they don't get more of a mention on the forum. Some of the bats break into a thousand pieces but you will still be holding  a beautifully shaped large oval handle.  :)
Regardless of handle shape
As long  as you keep your hand vees level on the handle  you can play straight.
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Re: Bat handle shape preference
« Reply #18 on: February 28, 2018, 10:04:29 PM »

I prefer an oval handle - seems to allow my thumb and forefinger (well, fingers) grip to 'sit' better. More important for me is the thickness of the handle, irrespective of shape, for comfort and getting the right feel.
So many very thin handles around at the moment - losing weight in the bat - part of a trend towards enabling bigger blades for seemingly low(ish) weight, perhaps? How effective are they, though?
I think the idea that a thicker and therefore stiffer handle is more effective at transferring energy to the ball (ie allowing it to be hit further/harder), makes a lot of sense. Paul Aldred espouses this, eloquently, in some of his Youtube videos.
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Re: Bat handle shape preference
« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2018, 03:21:52 AM »

Regardless of handle shape
As long  as you keep your hand vees level on the handle  you can play straight.

I find that i can maintain the Vees better  with oval than round.
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Re: Bat handle shape preference
« Reply #20 on: March 01, 2018, 03:26:34 AM »

I prefer an oval handle - seems to allow my thumb and forefinger (well, fingers) grip to 'sit' better. More important for me is the thickness of the handle. So many very thin handles around at the moment - losing weight in the bat - part of a trend towards enabling bigger blades for seemingly low(ish) weight, perhaps? How effective are they, though?
I think the idea that a thicker and therefore stiffer handle is more effective at transferring energy to the ball (ie allowing it to be hit further/harder), makes a lot of sense. Paul Aldred espouses this, eloquently, in some of his Youtube videos.
Agree, too many thin handles at the moment. I would rather have the edge/spine reduced a couple mm and have a nice medium thickness atleast handle.
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Re: Bat handle shape preference
« Reply #21 on: March 01, 2018, 09:59:59 AM »

Agree, too many thin handles at the moment. I would rather have the edge/spine reduced a couple mm and have a nice medium thickness atleast handle.

I think there's a market for  bats with thin handles as not everyone can control a a bat with a medium or thick handles but thin handles do not  assist pickup.
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Re: Bat handle shape preference
« Reply #22 on: March 01, 2018, 10:09:51 AM »

The current thin handle fad is purely a weight saving measure IMO. The difference in weight between a thick oval and thin round handle is actually fairly significant, enough to make a difference on the scales!

Thinner handle = lower weight. When you're buying blind off the internet it's only the weight that's judged (regardless of whether that extra OZ improves the pick-up ten-fold or not!). As a firm believer in a nice thick oval handle, it's one of my pet frustrations as you can probably tell :) A heavier bat doesn't necessary mean a heavier pick-up!
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Re: Bat handle shape preference
« Reply #23 on: March 01, 2018, 10:13:12 AM »

Thin handles I find are easier to manoeuvre the ball.

Best oval handle I have seen is the Jonathan Trott set which is similar to the big screaming cat handles.

I guess I like all types I guess you only know is when I pick the bat up if it feels right it feels right.
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Re: Bat handle shape preference
« Reply #24 on: March 01, 2018, 10:14:03 AM »

Having played with round handle bats since childhood in India, I wasnt even aware that there was another shape available till I came to UK :))...

I think it is more about comfort than anything else...I have seen people play beautiful straight shots with complete control using a round handle. I personally tried an oval handle with a GM Halo, wasnt really able to get along and changed back to round handle. The disadvantage of preferring a round handle is that one cant buy some really lovely bats up for sale on the forum because of handle shape.

Maybe I should buy a cheap bat off ebay with an oval handle and give it another go.
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Re: Bat handle shape preference
« Reply #25 on: March 01, 2018, 11:15:45 AM »

It is really easy to make an oval handle round by unwinding the binding and sanding the handle and re binding it...
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Re: Bat handle shape preference
« Reply #26 on: March 01, 2018, 11:21:09 AM »

Very sharp oval at the bottom- not massive and tapering so slightly thinner at the top

Thats my preference and will be getting a couple reshaped soon
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Re: Bat handle shape preference
« Reply #27 on: March 01, 2018, 11:49:43 AM »

The current thin handle fad is purely a weight saving measure IMO. The difference in weight between a thick oval and thin round handle is actually fairly significant, enough to make a difference on the scales!

Thinner handle = lower weight. When you're buying blind off the internet it's only the weight that's judged (regardless of whether that extra OZ improves the pick-up ten-fold or not!). As a firm believer in a nice thick oval handle, it's one of my pet frustrations as you can probably tell :) A heavier bat doesn't necessary mean a heavier pick-up!
not always I agree with him hbit Im in the Aldred camp here. Good solid handle is worth an extra few Oz over having a kids handle just to make the scale weight more impressive.
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Re: Bat handle shape preference
« Reply #28 on: March 01, 2018, 12:17:15 PM »

I prefer oval handle too. When my h4l fifty50 handle snapped I got handle replaced by a local bat repairer. I got this custom shaped. Problem was this did add weight onto bat (2ozs) and affected the pick up, for me anyway. So has kinda backfired bat with a middle  I love but just now not doing it for me and sitting in garage unused.
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Re: Bat handle shape preference
« Reply #29 on: March 01, 2018, 09:46:52 PM »

I am comfortable with heavy thick round and oval handle so gives a good feel in pickup.
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