How Knocking-In Your Cricket Bat Makes You a Better Batsman
Once you receive a bat, it can be tempting to dive right in. But before using, it must be properly tuned up before being put into service.
Start by oiling and using a bat mallet to shape the bat by knocking in its edges and toe. Expect this task to take approximately 30 minutes on either side. All of our OCS Cricket Bats come with factory knocking, we also provide knocking and oiling service for an extra cost.
Once you purchase a new cricket bat, your eagerness may be to get out and start playing right away. But before taking this step, it is crucial to set aside enough time for the knock-in of your bat - this process may seem time-consuming but will ultimately improve performance while prolonging its lifespan.
An expensive bat should last you many games if properly treated; otherwise, it risks cracking after just a few. Knocking-in requires planning and controlled mallet hitting; either using an everyday bat mallet or one designed specifically for cricket bats works fine - use light impacts initially while gradually increasing force as you knock.
Make sure that no area of the bat is overlooked, such as its face or toe area (but not its splice). Aim to compress all surfaces evenly; failing which, edges and toe will become more susceptible to cracking when playing.
Once you’re knocking-in process is complete, test your bat by bouncing it on the ground with an old cricket ball. If seam marks can still be seen after all those hits with your bat mallet, further work needs to be done on it before it can be used as intended. When your bat feels lighter than before knocking-in started (due to compression of all those hits with its mallet), that's an indicator it's ready for use - plus it will respond much more responsively during gameplay!
Cricket is an extremely taxing sport on its bats, requiring extensive knocking-in. As quality bats represent an investment, one would want to ensure they get off to an ideal start and so preparing a new bat properly is paramount.
Knocking in a cricket bat involves applying oil to its face, toe, and sides (excluding the splice) and then hitting it across its face from the front end backward until hitting all surfaces, including the middle part. The process should last several hours while increasing the force with which you hit your bat to simulate the impact of a cricket ball impact.
Once this step has been completed, test the bat by bouncing an old leather ball against it - if it dents then more knocking-in is required. Another effective indicator would be comparing its weight before and after knocking-in as an optimally knocked-in bat will often weigh less due to all compression that has taken place over time.
Knocking in your bat before batting is an integral step to getting it ready, and should be conducted carefully to prevent damage to the face of it. A good cricket bat should last a long time; by taking time and care in prepping it properly you can ensure this. Knocking-in also allows you to become a more proficient batsman as it gives you more opportunities to utilize your natural power and timing with it.
Cricket batsmen know their bat is an important possession; some caress it while sleeping with it next to them and others give their bat a name. One way of properly caring for your bat is knocking it in; this process compresses its fibers, helping prepare it for being hit with a leather cricket ball while simultaneously decreasing the chances of breaking easily.
Apply linseed oil directly onto the bat - whether raw linseed oil or something specialized like Gray-Nicolls; enough should cover its face & toe, while any stickers (which should remain covered). Leave the bat lying horizontally overnight after applying oil.
On the morning of day 2, use a bat mallet (specialized equipment designed specifically for this task) to strike the face (excluding the splice area) with gentle, increasing pressure over time until the bat feels smooth to touch and then move on to hitting edges & toe areas, with more emphasis placed on these parts as this is where most breakage will take place.
Once your bat has been knocked in to an acceptable standard, it can be used in the nets. Start off using older balls before progressing to newer ones. If seam marks appear on its blade then additional knocking-in may be required, so it would be worthwhile spending an additional hour or so working on this step.
Many cricket bats are improperly knocked in, which results in them breaking too easily and costing us valuable dollars in repairs that could have been avoided had we taken more care in knocking in their bat correctly. You shouldn't risk spending so much on an expensive bat just because someone didn't take enough care in doing it correctly from day one!
Knocking-in refers to the process of lightly striking a new bat with a mallet to compress its fibers and prepare for when leather balls impact it - this helps avoid premature cracking while improving the performance and performance of the bat.
Before beginning the knocking-in process, it's advisable to coat the bat in 2-3 tablespoons of linseed oil and allow it to absorb for at least 24 hours. After this has taken place, use a bat mallet specifically designed for this task to gently tap its face, toe, edges, and corners with pressure until marks or indentations can be seen on its surface - these marks and indentions should indicate success!
Once the edges and toe of your bat have been fully knocked in, move onto its middle. Again, this may take time; an old high-quality cricket ball provides the most accurate results. Once satisfied with how well the bat is knocked in, test its durability through either light net sessions or throw-downs with new bowlers; if there are still seam marks and indentation then more work may need to be done on it.
At cricket, players swing their bat at high speeds to strike a hard ball that is being propelled towards them from far away. This intense contact can cause your bat to crack if not prepared properly - the knocking-in process helps avoid cracks while increasing its lifespan.
Before knock-in a bat properly, its first step should be to gently clean its face using 180-200 grit sandpaper. After cleaning is completed, apply raw linseed oil (or Gray-Nicolls bat oil) directly onto various parts of the bat's face for best results and allow it to set for several hours before knocking in again.
Once the oil has set, begin striking each section of the bat with a wooden mallet using gentle strikes around its edges, gradually increasing force as you progress along each edge and toe (excluding the splice area). Do this for several hours on each edge and toe (not including hitting).
Once your edges and toe are knocked in, move onto the middle by hitting harder with the mallet. Over the next several hours spend some time carefully inspecting your bat for any marks or dents on its blade; if any are detected continue knocking in until none are remaining on its blade.Once the knocking-in process is completed, your bat must be tested before using it in a net session or light-catching practice with a good-quality old leather ball. A fully knocked-in bat should have a natural spring in its blade whereas an incomplete knocking-in may leave flat spots or dead spots which can be frustrating for batsmen.