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Re: Round handle vs oval and semi oval handles
« Reply #30 on: February 18, 2019, 12:14:56 AM »

I would agree that oval handle base feels much better and gives a lighter pick up. See below for the wide variations of handle shape on some bats : https://photos.app.goo.gl/YnavYTvN6Wqi9Roc6

The Warsop in particular has a very large handle and quite extreme ovalling and is very comfortable to grip.

I would like to get the Mrf built up to have oval handle. Can this be done at home or is it a job for a specialist repairer? The GN in the pictures seems to have been built up with padding and the feel is very successful.
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Re: Round handle vs oval and semi oval handles
« Reply #31 on: February 18, 2019, 04:38:59 AM »

I would agree that oval handle base feels much better and gives a lighter pick up. See below for the wide variations of handle shape on some bats : https://photos.app.goo.gl/YnavYTvN6Wqi9Roc6

The Warsop in particular has a very large handle and quite extreme ovalling and is very comfortable to grip.

I would like to get the Mrf built up to have oval handle. Can this be done at home or is it a job for a specialist repairer? The GN in the pictures seems to have been built up with padding and the feel is very successful.

Easy to do using strips of tape (I use 1 inch wide medical tape - the waterproof type is better as it doesnt get crumpled up and stuck to the grip)
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Re: Round handle vs oval and semi oval handles
« Reply #32 on: February 18, 2019, 08:52:09 AM »

Thanks. Do you run the tape vertically on the bit you want to be oval and then wrap it round with more tape?
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Re: Round handle vs oval and semi oval handles
« Reply #33 on: February 19, 2019, 08:38:15 AM »

Wrap medical tape the smooth one is best where you grip the bat horizontally till it feels right.
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Re: Round handle vs oval and semi oval handles
« Reply #34 on: March 14, 2019, 11:18:58 AM »

My new bat has an oval handle and I'm finding it straight away helped me line up drives better, seems to help align a straight follow through. With time I recon it might help have an intuitive feel for where your face is directed. Or could be placebo.
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Re: Round handle vs oval and semi oval handles
« Reply #35 on: March 14, 2019, 01:03:30 PM »

Thanks to the forum I have now started taking the binding off most of my bat handles and shaping using a combination of a rasp/sand paper and using zinc oxide tape instead.

I had a go at making a round handle oval and the tape worked well!
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Re: Round handle vs oval and semi oval handles
« Reply #36 on: March 14, 2019, 02:31:10 PM »

Here is an interesting Youtube about Kohli using oval handles:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2U4DQi29rE

Which of course makes it doubly annoying that my `Kohli-shaped' MRF sourced direct from India came with a small round handle. I guess these MRFs are made by SS or Sondhi and they supply round handles for their domestic market.

I have successfully built up the handle from small round to large oval by putting some sheep wool (from the chemist) on the back of the handle, wrapped in surgical tape, plus some strips of cut up bat grip on the back of the handle and then binding with surgical tape, plus triple grip. It is very comfortable now and works well in the nets - we'll see if the grip lasts in match situations.


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Re: Round handle vs oval and semi oval handles
« Reply #37 on: March 14, 2019, 02:38:28 PM »

... You do have to understand a bit of Hindi (I think...) to get it all, but it's interspersed with enough English phrases to gather that Kohli uses a (small) fully oval handle and his bat weight is around 1150grammes (2lb 8.5oz). He also gives the bat weights for some other players like Chris Gayle, Rahul, etc...
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Re: Round handle vs oval and semi oval handles
« Reply #38 on: March 14, 2019, 10:44:03 PM »

I've recently got an Aldred Gold Sovereign which has a very thick oval bottom hand that tapers to a semi oval top hand. When compared to other bats it looks bizarre because the handle is much thicker than the splice (with binding and grip).
I was quite sceptical, but it feels great in the hands and picks up really well for a 2lb10 bat.
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Re: Round handle vs oval and semi oval handles
« Reply #39 on: March 16, 2019, 10:29:58 AM »

Anyone do this to their handles?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StIvyvJsVNk
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Re: Round handle vs oval and semi oval handles
« Reply #40 on: March 16, 2019, 01:17:45 PM »

Yes I've tried it. Seems to work well. I made it even thicker by laying a bit of sheep's wool plus some strips of old grip under the strapping tape and it seems to work very well.
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Re: Round handle vs oval and semi oval handles
« Reply #41 on: March 22, 2019, 10:55:24 AM »

Almost all Asian batting superstars of the past and current time play with a round handle. It really can't be "poorer for playing cricket". I doubt even if Don Bradman used oval handles.

I am not sure if Bradman used oval handles, but someone will be able to report back having looked at one or two of his bats in Museums. Oval handles are not a modern invention. I have my father's Gradidge from the early 1940's and that has a (thin by modern standards) semi - oval handle. My GN100 scoop circa 1980 also has a semi-oval handle.

Who can give us an eyewitness account to confirm the shape of one of Bradman's handles?
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Re: Round handle vs oval and semi oval handles
« Reply #42 on: March 22, 2019, 12:01:36 PM »

Got a Kook Gold Crown in the 90's when I was a bairn that had a semi-oval handle (bottom hand only) and absolutely loved it - haven't changed my opinion on what feels best since.  Is a purely personal thing though, I imagine if you're cross-dominant, thus bat with your naturally stronger hand at the top of the handle, it makes less difference having an oval handle, but for me (a right-handed right-hander) it definitely stops me choking the handle and playing with a heavy bottom hand.
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Re: Round handle vs oval and semi oval handles
« Reply #43 on: March 23, 2019, 04:41:25 AM »

Who can give us an eyewitness account to confirm the shape of one of Bradman's handles?

3 months ago I visited the Bradman museum at Adelaide oval, which has quite a bit of his gear.  Didn't take any notice of handle shape at the time, but might be going that way in a few weeks and could have a look.

It's a little hard to tell from pictures, but looking through the "The Bradman Albums", I don't see any evidence that points to his handles being anything but round.  If anything they taper to to be thicker at the top

Round handles, light bats, rounded toes, thin edges, convex faces with about 5-6 grains - it's a miracle he made any runs at all ;)
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