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Softening a hard bar on a bat
« on: May 27, 2020, 08:28:23 PM »

So I have now had a couple of good hits with my chase bat (a 65 bargain bin jobbie) picture below a a reminder.

So let's cut to the chase, it is a lovely bat, a shape I like and for the most part goes very well, especially at destroying half vollies.

However the bit below the stain is hard and shocks the hands a bit.



The question is, can you soften a hard bar somehow?
I suspect the answer is no,  but am interested in what people think.

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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2020, 08:34:41 PM »

Not sure from a technical point of view, but I have definitely in the past had bats that have had that new hard bar shock feeling you describe, only for it to disappear over time.
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2020, 08:41:49 PM »

So I have now had a couple of good hits with my chase bat (a 65 bargain bin jobbie) picture below a a reminder.

So let's cut to the chase, it is a lovely bat, a shape I like and for the most part goes very well, especially at destroying half vollies.

However the bit below the stain is hard and shocks the hands a bit.



The question is, can you soften a hard bar somehow?
I suspect the answer is no,  but am interested in what people think.

I think they will always have a harder feel but the initial shock you describe on an aldred I had went away after a bit more mallet work and a few nets. I guess it depends on the depth of the hard bar and the staining.
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2020, 09:10:35 PM »



As you can see the stain is bigger on the back.

If it does soften up then it is going to be a tremendous bat.  I will give it a bit more of a bash at some point...
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2020, 09:17:20 PM »

Oh I see, the stain rather than an actual hard bar? That will definitely soften up over time, in my experience with butterflies it's pretty common for the stain to feel a bit rubbish at first but it always comes good. Had similar with a Chase cleft I shaped for a teammate over the winter, he said it took a lot of knocking in but absolutely flew once ready.
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #5 on: May 27, 2020, 09:32:45 PM »

Buzz drop me a message on Facebook I'll explain what i do
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #6 on: May 27, 2020, 09:49:12 PM »

Sorry for my ignorance but what do you mean by 'hard bar'?
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #7 on: May 28, 2020, 07:31:27 AM »

Sorry for my ignorance but what do you mean by 'hard bar'?

When the ball hits the hitting zone of the bat it feels really nice.
When the ball hits up near the butterfly stain the impact feels hard and shocks my hands. That is the hard bar
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #8 on: May 28, 2020, 08:29:29 AM »

If you stick the whole bat in the bath for about 2 -3 hours then bang it on radiator it will soften right up.
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #9 on: May 28, 2020, 10:45:53 AM »

What am I putting in the bath with the bat? Water, white spirits? Some Legend batting pads?
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #10 on: May 28, 2020, 12:20:17 PM »

Just the bat, you and a spot of Michael Buble.  :D
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #11 on: May 28, 2020, 12:44:31 PM »

When the ball hits the hitting zone of the bat it feels really nice.
When the ball hits up near the butterfly stain the impact feels hard and shocks my hands. That is the hard bar

Does the ball respond differently from that area? I always thought hard bars provide extra punch (if located right on top of the face)...might be different if its a bit deeper into the wood. I sanded down a hard bar once - and the bat lost that nice crispy ping in that area.
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #12 on: May 28, 2020, 12:55:05 PM »

When i was with Alex at GN, pretty sure he said a hard bar that goes smooth when pressed into the blade perform better

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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #13 on: May 28, 2020, 12:56:13 PM »



As you can see from the picture, in this case it is quite high on the bat so I am not sure I am expecting the ball to fly off it.



Anyway I have a plan thanks to the master of a butterfly, Mr Vulcan himself so will let you know how I get on.
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Re: Softening a hard bar on a bat
« Reply #14 on: May 28, 2020, 01:57:43 PM »

Whats the plan? Would like to know. Cheers
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