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Morning,

Looking for some recommendations for a shorter blade/longer handle (but overall SH length) bats, please. Budget of around 200-250. Interested to know your experiences and thoughts on available options.

Many thanks

JT

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Re: Shorter blade/Longer Handle (overall SH length) bat options.
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2018, 08:10:11 AM »

Morning,

Looking for some recommendations for a shorter blade/longer handle (but overall SH length) bats, please. Budget of around 200-250. Interested to know your experiences and thoughts on available options.

Many thanks


JT

Tried one but for me it felt that the longer handle made the pick up feel heavier compared to the shorter blade and standard S/H handle bat the same weight  due to the hands holding the bat higher up with normal grip on the longer handle ie hands being further away from the blade
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Re: Shorter blade/Longer Handle (overall SH length) bat options.
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2018, 08:22:16 AM »

So @Seniorplayer you would be inclined to just go with a shorter blade with a short handle (shorter overall length)?

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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2018, 08:31:34 AM »

i have one of these @JTtaylor145  Its a Joe Root Profiled Keeley - it has a shorter blade Normal SH - it does take some getting used to *(slightly) but bat speed is improved alot and you sort of feel like you have a wand in your hand  - your abit lower down to too in your stance which i wasnt sure on at first but seeing as I have the bat in the air when bowler running in doesnt really matter - havent used it much but am starting to - I guess its more a mental thing to get used to but bat speed is increased for sure - also handle doesnt "get in the way"
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Re: Shorter blade/Longer Handle (overall SH length) bat options.
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2018, 08:37:57 AM »

For me yes being short it has advantages not just the lighter pickup the short blade standard S/H handle gives  a better and faster follow through the 1 inch shorter blade is easier to play shots inc ground clearance on the drive currently. Looking at the GN pro performance ones on sale on EBay from Lormiers.
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« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2018, 09:10:44 AM »

i have one of these @JTtaylor145  Its a Joe Root Profiled Keeley - it has a shorter blade Normal SH - it does take some getting used to *(slightly) but bat speed is improved alot and you sort of feel like you have a wand in your hand  - your abit lower down to too in your stance which i wasnt sure on at first but seeing as I have the bat in the air when bowler running in doesnt really matter - havent used it much but am starting to - I guess its more a mental thing to get used to but bat speed is increased for sure - also handle doesnt "get in the way"

I think your Keeley might have a normal SH length handle in a shorter blade which really helps. I'm not a fan of a longer handle in a shorter blade as it gets in the way. Everything you say is spot on with the difference

I tried a B3 Root shape the other day and it was exactly the same feeling- incredible bat speed, pickup and balance like your Keeley. I tend to hit over the ball or toe end it so as amazing as they feel I think I have to stick with a normal SH. On a bouncy track and teeing off I'd happily give a shorter blade a go again
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Re: Shorter blade/Longer Handle (overall SH length) bat options.
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2018, 09:22:30 AM »

How does the handle get in the way?
Are you holding your bat by the shoulders still?

Shorter blade longer handle bats work well if you hold the handle in the same place as normal from the top of the handle, not up from the shoulders.
I hold my bats near the top of the handle so it's never caused an issue, in fact if I hadn't been told @Northern monkey's affinity had a shorter blade and longer handle I wouldn't have known!
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Re: Shorter blade/Longer Handle (overall SH length) bat options.
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2018, 09:29:52 AM »

How does the handle get in the way?
Are you holding your bat by the shoulders still?


I dont hold the bat by the shoulders lol
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Re: Shorter blade/Longer Handle (overall SH length) bat options.
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2018, 09:48:20 AM »

Short blades are a great idea if you hold the bat up the top of the handle - I'm 6'3 and a couple of my favourite bats are shorter blades, but my grip is close to the top so doesn't make any difference in overall length. If you prefer gripping low on the handle then they're obviously a daft idea!

They do feel a bit different with the weight being in a slightly different palace to a normal blade, I like that personally but some won't of course. A well balanced SB feels really good through the bat swing imo. Definitely feel it extends the hitting zone a bit too, it's much less often you feel like you've mistimed a shot in my experience so far.
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« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2018, 10:19:17 AM »

@velvetsky01 I was talking to Dan... ;)
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« Reply #10 on: June 13, 2018, 10:32:48 AM »

Personally I dont find any difference. The blade length is only slightly shorter in bats like my warbird/red ink (custom). If you are sensitive to these minor differences you will have to go into a shop and try a few out.
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Re: Shorter blade/Longer Handle (overall SH length) bat options.
« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2018, 10:37:48 AM »

Also found when bringing the bat down longer handles can jam into your mid drift
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« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2018, 10:44:46 AM »

Also found when bringing the bat down longer handles can jam into your mid drift

How? I've never heard anyone say this before...
What shots are you trying to play for that to happen? ???
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« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2018, 10:47:47 AM »

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Re: Shorter blade/Longer Handle (overall SH length) bat options.
« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2018, 10:56:53 AM »

I find a regular SH occasionally digs in to my forearm, mostly the follow through of shots like cuts. I could happily get on with a SSH, losing a bit off the knob. With a SB bat I seem to hold the handle a little higher but not as high from the toe as a SH bat would be overall. Any higher and the control/ balance seems to go out of whack even on very well balanced bats like the Keeley I sold and the B3 Root shape.  That little bit extra on the handle is noticeable for me, e.g. a GM Neon proportion bat is usuable but a short blade/ regular SH handle feels perfect proportion-wise as I've effectively lost a bit of handle length at the top from moving my hands up and the balance still feels great. The disadvantage is the distance from hands to toe is slightly shorter and I haven't been able to adjust to that and tend to toe end it a lot.

Simple eh?

I'd happily buy a SB bat on feel in a shop but it just doesn't work for me facing balls.
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