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Preparing TK Bats For Matches
« on: May 08, 2018, 02:29:18 PM »

Love my TKs. I am using one without stickers and has 22 grains, Newbery Blitz profile! The ping on that thing...wwwooooooo! It has de-throned my SM autographed CA and that bat is bloody trampoline. I had my current match bat knocked with a knocking machine. Initially, it had no affect but this bat opened "bigly" after many nets. I am thinking about starting to net with another TK as backup to this bat.


What is your prep method for TK pressing? Mallet? Soft balls in nets?
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Re: Preparing TK Bats For Matches
« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2018, 02:36:48 PM »

Round the edges on the bath, apply a scuff sheet, wack it with a mallet until I'm bored (never more than half an hour) then think "sod it, that will do" and use it against whatever.

This method isn't just for TK made bats, but anything you buy!  ;)
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Re: Preparing TK Bats For Matches
« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2018, 03:25:58 PM »

Round the edges on the bath, apply a scuff sheet, wack it with a mallet until I'm bored (never more than half an hour) then think "sod it, that will do" and use it against whatever.

This method isn't just for TK made bats, but anything you buy!  ;)

Pretty much right, except neither my wife or next door neighbour will let it go on for half an hour!
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Re: Preparing TK Bats For Matches
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2018, 03:36:36 PM »


Knocked a recent new bat on a machine plus with a mallet by hand for a couple of hours.

Used in nets briefly twice and was beginning to thing it was sorted....till...

hit a full toss (not really hard) and now ive a big dent in it with cracking around the dent. Gutted. 
Inspected the ball that was bowled and it was an old match ball so not a rock.

Puts me off buying new bats    :(
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Re: Preparing TK Bats For Matches
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2018, 03:41:55 PM »

Knocked a recent new bat on a machine plus with a mallet by hand for a couple of hours.

Used in nets briefly twice and was beginning to thing it was sorted....till...

hit a full toss (not really hard) and now ive a big dent in it with cracking around the dent. Gutted. 
Inspected the ball that was bowled and it was an old match ball so not a rock.

Puts me off buying new bats    :(

That's really bad luck. Fixable? Put a couple photos up here, for sure there will be plenty of advice for how to sort it out.
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Re: Preparing TK Bats For Matches
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2018, 04:09:03 PM »

Put a scuff sheet on it and boom its ready to go
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Re: Preparing TK Bats For Matches
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2018, 04:25:43 PM »

Thought I'd share  something with you. I was talking to an old hand and he mentioned that oiling then knocking in (when dry) creates a type of paper mache effect where you are actually binding the fibres together.

Would the paper mache idea be right or is it codswallop?
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Re: Preparing TK Bats For Matches
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2018, 04:46:36 PM »

"paper mache"? Could it lead to delamination?
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Re: Preparing TK Bats For Matches
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2018, 04:49:02 PM »

Round the edges on the bath, apply a scuff sheet, wack it with a mallet until I'm bored (never more than half an hour) then think "sod it, that will do" and use it against whatever.

This method isn't just for TK made bats, but anything you buy!  ;)

I am not using excessive mallet because it delaminates the bats. With this bat, I have been very patient by just using it in the nets. Only after it had seen significant net time, I applied some mallet to it - few whacks to areas that were not pinging well. This bat has a looooong sweet spot though.

My thinking these days is that good bats don't require a lot of knocking. Let them play out and they come alive.
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Re: Preparing TK Bats For Matches
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2018, 06:18:57 PM »

Thought you only used the big SK bats? Whats happened?

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Re: Preparing TK Bats For Matches
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2018, 06:33:04 PM »

Thought you only used the big SK bats? Whats happened?

I do.

I was primarily using my TK for nets (to protect my SKs from the harsh environment that is a clubbie net :D ) but it grew on me: it is beautifully balanced, sounds amazing, has a big bow, and the pressing is perfection!

My SKs are about raw power. When I use my XP-2000, I just want to swing every ball out of the park. With my TK, I feel I have more control over myself and the ball. :D
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Re: Preparing TK Bats For Matches
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2018, 07:06:04 PM »

Put a scuff sheet on it and boom its ready to go

What he said, personally I just net with mine when new, Bola machine only for the 1st 2/3 net sessions then at nets as we only use a bag of quality old match balls and when Im happy off to games. Personally though I will
Add iv been using GM bats the last 2 seasons and they come match ready so not like some companies I guess in that some work has already been done for me. Also not like I ever swing from the hip
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Re: Preparing TK Bats For Matches
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2018, 07:16:16 PM »

Round the edges on the bath

Can you share options on how to do that?  I need to prepare a new bat and I was planning to use the mallet with bat held at an angle to knock in the bat.
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Re: Preparing TK Bats For Matches
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2018, 07:36:28 PM »

What canners said. They are pressed for performance by one of the best in the world at doing it. Dont knock the life out of it. Round the edges and scuff sheet and away you go.

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Re: Preparing TK Bats For Matches
« Reply #14 on: May 08, 2018, 08:39:08 PM »

So after spending 500 on a keeley superior pop a scuff sheet on it and away you go madness lol not sure I could do that
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