The most expensive willow and arguably the best looking blade. There may be some red wood evident on the blade and generally there will be at least 6 fairly straight grains visible on the face. There may be a small knot or spec in the edge or back of the bat but the playing area should be clean.
Excellent quality blade but usually more red wood may be visible than on a grade 1 which does not affect the playability of the bat. Similar number of grains to a grade 1 with potentially the odd blemish or butterfly in the grain on the face.
The most extensively used grade of blade which offers excellent value for money. A grade 3 blade may have up to half the face in a tint/red wood colour but this does not affect playability. This grade will have some specks or butterfly marks on the grains on the face of the bat.
Usually over half of the blade may have a discoloured area but the product playability should not be affected. There are often only 4 grains and there are more butterfly stains and marks on the face of the bat.
This grade is produced during our production process and it is basically similar to a grade 4 but may have more stain in the wood so cosmetically will not look as good.
GM 2018 Adult bats feature 3 different blade lengths – L555/540/525. Each blade shape is optimised for a specific blade length. As blade length decreases, handle length increases so that the overall length of the bat remains constant. Shorter blades allow for faster hands through the ball, more dynamic sweet spots, larger swells, supreme balance and explosive power.
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The sweet spot on a cricket bat is defined as the point where the ball receives maximum acceleration. Some players prefer cricket bats with a large bow whereas others don't.
Increasingly, professional players' preference is for a larger bow and thicker edges to better meet the rigors of the modern game. The size of the bow can have an impact on the pick-up of the cricket bat, as an increased bow can often result in the cricket bat having a heavier pick-up. Some bows are higher or lower down the bat depending on batsman's hitting style, or to reflect the pitches which you play on.
High sweet spot (250mm):
Suitable for players who like to play horizontal bat shots, cuts,
and pull shots. Lighter pick-up.
Low sweet spot (210mm):
Suitable for players who like to hit straight. Preference to
play ground strokes and off the front foot.
This is a soft, fibrous timber. This type of willow is the preferred choice for the majority of bat manufacturers due to its high performance affect when striking the ball. Regardless of type however, willow will become damaged and prone to breakages over time. The cricket bat can become scarred, bruised and dented due to the nature of the game and the frequent, high intense impacts of the ball hitting the cricket bat.
Kashmir willow comes from India. This is largely utilised by cricket bat manufacturers as a substitute for English Willow. The Kashmir willow is regarded as a harder wood and in comparison to English willow does not have the same performance effect i.e. a player will not experience the same "sweet spot" when striking the ball.
Kashmir willow will only be used for lower range and priced cricket bats. It is unlikely that a regular adult player, playing at a reasonable standard, would choose to use a Kashmir willow cricket bat.
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