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Re: Weight v Feel
« Reply #30 on: March 05, 2018, 06:53:53 PM »

For what it worth i feel weight and feel are mainly body and muscle i have scored 100 with a 3lb plus bat and a 2lb 5oz,

I guess i change depend on whats what.
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Re: Weight v Feel
« Reply #31 on: March 05, 2018, 07:47:12 PM »

For me dead weight only gets you in the right ballpark and that's about it. If you like a light pickup there's no point looking at a 2.12+ weight as it's highly unlikely any batmaker can make a bat weighing that much feel light in the hands.

Apart from that is never worth getting hung up on weight, especially passing over bats that are 1-2 ounces out of what you'd normally use as the difference in pickup is marginal and not one most club players could feel with real authority.

For me pickup and handle shape are the two most important things. I think most of the reason bats get passed around here so much is that people are buying blind most of the time. If they bought a bat from a shop after picking it up, waving it around playing shadow shots with gloves on they'd be more likely to buy bat that's a keeper.

Highlights to me why cricket retailers/shops where you can try before you buy are so important rather than stack em high sell em cheap warehouses.
This is a good summary for me. I would add that I can bat with a significantly heavier bat for straight bat shots. However, once I have to play a cross bat shot, the dead weight becomes more of an issue for me and I am very aware of it. Against quick bowling I feel noticeably slower, which is not a good thing! We typically have an ideal bat weight (or range of an oz or two) in mind from our experience with a previous favourite bat. We want something that picks up and feels similar to a tried and tested formula that works.
One other point I'd make is that the weight of a bat will change during the course of a year - in drier conditions (perhaps a dry hot spell in the summer, or stored in a warm, centrally heated house in the winter), the wood will be a little drier and therefore will be a little lighter. the same bat during a damp, warm May or June will be a little heavier as it absorbs moisture.
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Re: Weight v Feel
« Reply #32 on: March 06, 2018, 11:05:49 AM »

For what it worth i feel weight and feel are mainly body and muscle i have scored 100 with a 3lb plus bat and a 2lb 5oz,

I guess i change depend on whats what.

With my batting I sometimes feel I wouldn't score 100 if I was using a wooden tennis racket.
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Re: Weight v Feel
« Reply #33 on: March 06, 2018, 05:26:29 PM »

A few years ago, I probably wouldnt have been able to distinguish between a few ounces in dead bat weight, and certainly wouldnt have weighed bats etc
But now with knackered wrists,elbows etc, I can pretty much guess a bat weight
Had a net a few weeks ago with a stunning Aussie gn bat,that was 3 oz heavier than I normally use.
I was suffering for two weeks afterwards

Going off feel is fine, depends how long your batting with it and if you want your normal range of shots etc
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Re: Weight v Feel
« Reply #34 on: March 07, 2018, 09:01:30 AM »

Really interesting read. Huge range of thoughts.

The only thing I think we agree on - Im the only person paid in Apple Juice for his bat
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Re: Weight v Feel
« Reply #35 on: March 07, 2018, 08:32:42 PM »

Really interesting read. Huge range of thoughts.

The only thing I think we agree on - Im the only person paid in Apple Juice for his bat

I paid someone who fixed my diswasher and fridge freezer with a cricket helmet
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Re: Weight v Feel
« Reply #36 on: March 07, 2018, 08:55:15 PM »

I paid someone who fixed my diswasher and fridge freezer with a cricket helmet

I paid someone who brokered the deal to sell my car with a kit bag  :)
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Re: Weight v Feel
« Reply #37 on: March 08, 2018, 08:47:06 AM »

I swapped a new cycling jersey for some pads once.
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Re: Weight v Feel
« Reply #38 on: March 11, 2018, 01:47:18 PM »

Obviously, you can't take a 3 lb 2 oz bat to the middle simply because it felt great in the shop when you swung it around 5 times. A long inning would wear your arms/hands down if the bat is too heavy for you.


This to me is an often overlooked point. A bat may pick up lighter than its deadweight and therefore feel lighter than it is and enable you to time your shots properly but if you aren't physically strong enough to manoeuvre the actual weight of the bat then you won't be able to play a long innings with it.
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