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InternalTraining

Who Makes Better Bats
« on: June 25, 2018, 07:33:12 PM »

Tim Keeley or Andrew Kimber?

Have you used both?

I hear Keeley's bats are better pressed them Kimber's.

Edit: I know there are other bat makers in the world but I am specifically looking for a comparison between TK and AK since their bats are so similar. Also, I have never used an  AK but several Keelies.
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Gurujames

Re: Who Makes Better Bats
« Reply #1 on: June 25, 2018, 07:45:06 PM »

Getting a bit sick of these threads. I have/have had a number of bats from a number of different makers including these two. In my experience a great bat is a great bat and its not possible to say 1 maker is better than another. Of all the brands I currently own I cannot say that my h4l is better than my Aldred. Or my Keeley better than my Red Ink....... All the bats I currently own are fantastic and the only difference between them is the knob at the end, and Im not talking about the counter balance.
Brands I currently own
Red ink
Salic raw
H4l nv and warbird monster
Aldred supreme
Keeley made b&s stickered
B&s LE
Jedi zaramax
Affinity carbine
And 2 others that I cant think of at the minute
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Re: Who Makes Better Bats
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2018, 08:15:48 PM »

How do you undo an accidental like? (The top one.)
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Re: Who Makes Better Bats
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2018, 08:17:13 PM »

Tim Keeley or Andrew Kimber?

Have you used both?

I hear Keeley's bats are better pressed them Kimber's.

Edit: I know there are other bat makers in the world but I am specifically looking for a comparison between TK and AK since their bats are so similar. Also, I have never used an  AK but several Keelies.

Personally, I think TKs are a smidge ahead in terms of performance and pick up. For me, every salix I have seen has been a beauty but tends to have slightly less coverage up the blade compared to a TK, could just be due to the shapes Kember makes, but generally that's the trend I find. I also personally find salix bats actually tend to feel a bit heavy compared to TK bats, again could just be due to the shape.
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Re: Who Makes Better Bats
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2018, 09:09:06 PM »

@Gurujames

I think you might have a Hunts County?

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Re: Who Makes Better Bats
« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2018, 09:17:28 PM »

Might have. The point is reputable makers and retailers sell good gear. The quality and consistency of the batmakers I have tried has been excellent and I cannot find any significant difference between them. I may prefer the handle shape of a particular bat or use a particular bat based on the bounce of the wicket/speed of the bowling but
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Re: Who Makes Better Bats
« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2018, 09:35:42 PM »

Personally I dont think there is anything in it and I know that Kember is very respectful of the bats TK produce, they are totally different though in that Kember is 100% hand made from scratch and TK has long been a fan of the CNC machine with final prep. I honestly believe though that the key is that Kember has stayed true to the same values for over 25yrs with Salix, TK has been with Newbery, now Keeley and plenty of others in between backed by large companies or finance hedge funds were as Kember has relied on his repeat custom to build, grow and produce a much sought after company. Most know my loyalty is to Kember as he gave me his time and allowed me to learn and work alongside him for a few years.
The honest answer is the are both amazing in there chosen profession
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Re: Who Makes Better Bats
« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2018, 09:36:48 PM »

No.1 most important thing in choosing a bat should be how it feels in your hands.

And the no.1 determinant of how a bat performs is your own skill.

I wish I could stop coming on this forum.
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Re: Who Makes Better Bats
« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2018, 09:39:56 PM »


The honest answer is the are both amazing in there chosen profession

But not as amazing as Gunn and Moore.  ;)
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Re: Who Makes Better Bats
« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2018, 09:58:20 PM »

No.1 most important thing in choosing a bat should be how it feels in your hands.

And the no.1 determinant of how a bat performs is your own skill.

I can find exceptions to both of those statements. I wish it was that simple.
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Re: Who Makes Better Bats
« Reply #10 on: June 25, 2018, 10:05:32 PM »

Personally, I think TKs are a smidge ahead in terms of performance and pick up. For me, every salix I have seen has been a beauty but tends to have slightly less coverage up the blade compared to a TK, could just be due to the shapes Kember makes, but generally that's the trend I find. I also personally find salix bats actually tend to feel a bit heavy compared to TK bats, again could just be due to the shape.

That is a good comparison!
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Re: Who Makes Better Bats
« Reply #11 on: June 25, 2018, 10:06:17 PM »

But not as amazing as Gunn and Moore.  ;)

Recently tapped a GM Icon, it is a very nice product albeit CNC made. :)
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Re: Who Makes Better Bats
« Reply #12 on: June 25, 2018, 10:57:00 PM »

Recently tapped a GM Icon, it is a very nice product albeit CNC made. :)

Gunn and Moore make decent cricket bats? Well I never...

Goodnight.
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Re: Who Makes Better Bats
« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2018, 12:01:52 AM »

Who was better, Goya or Velazquez? Mozart or Beethoven?
Freddie Mercury or Michael Jackson? Ronaldo or Messi? Pele or Maradona?

These are the questions that only fools try to answer. Just appreciate two craftsmen at the very pinnacle of their art.
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Re: Who Makes Better Bats
« Reply #14 on: June 26, 2018, 12:14:19 AM »

I see your point but I wouldn't go so far as comparing fine art, music,  and literature to "pod-shaving".

You sure jest, bruh. :D
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