Short Handle Cricket Bats
Shop our huge range of adult short handle cricket bats. Short Handle is the size term for an adult cricket bat, which would usually be used by cricketers around 15 years and older and about 5’8″ in height. A full cricket bat size guide can be found here
When choosing your short handle cricket bat there are lots of important things to consider and our expert team are always on hand to offer advice on what maybe the best cricket bats for you. You can get this advice in store or call or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
The first thing to consider is budget. Short hand cricket bats can range from around £60 to over £600 and there are reasons for this. The first is the quality of the wood. All our cricket bats are made from English Willow, which is the best performing willow for striking a cricket ball. The willow is then graded from Players/Pro grade which is the best looking and performing, you can usually expect a minimum of 7 grains which should be relatively straight, evenly spaced apart and have very few or no blemishes on the striking area. Then as you move down the grains you can expect sometimes less grains or even many more but start to see some blemishes. The other key note on willow is its performance, which is often hard to tell when looking at a bat, but when you bounce a soft ball or bat mallet you can really hear and see the ‘ping’ and this is the key decider on what grade willow is used!
Once decided on a budget and willow grade then the next important thing is the profile or shape. Bat makers craft their bats into many different profiles with the key difference being where ‘the middle’ is. The middle is the sweetest and usually thickest part of the bat and depending on what shots you prefer to play and on what pitches you play on and bowling you tend to face will determine what shape may suit your game better. You want to be hitting more of your balls in the sweetest part of the bat! As a rough guide, batsman who tend to prefer drives, play on slower, lower wickets will tend to have a lower middle and batsman who like cross batted shots, play on bouncier pitches against quicker bowlers tend to have a higher middle.
All in all there are lots of different make models, shapes, grades and brands and we are on hand to help navigate your way through to get the best bat for you.