Cricket Bat Handles

When a cricket ball impacts with a cricket bat “force” is generated. When a force is applied to an object it can cause the object to move, stop or change direction. This motion is a change in position of an object over time. Therefore, energy is used when a force causes and object to move. The energy is transferred from one object to another, causing motion.  A cricket bat handle does more than provide a mechanism for a player to hold and control a bat and to limit the amount of vibration through the bat at ball impact. The cricket bat handle and more importantly the splice play a major role in determining the amount of energy generated at ball impact which has a direct bearing on the ball exit speed from the bat.

Some conform to the view that a whippy type of cricket bat handle made up of numerous layers of cane with rubber sheaths between the layers allows the handle to act like the shaft on a golf stick. These types of handles flex throughout the swing process and spring back during impact thus creating faster swing speed. Others conform to the view that a less whippy type of handle increases the amount of resistance from the bat blade at ball impact thus reducing the amount of energy lost at impact due to the rigid handle not flexing as much

Whippy handle or less whippy handle aside it is the cricket bat handle splice and the splice connection method that determines the energy level at image. Conventional V Shape splices have been around for eons and are used on pretty much every modern-day bat.

New Designs

Working with Engineers we carried out some research on the effects of alternate splice types on bat performance. The research indicated that splices designed with a more rigid connection that the V improve bat performance. It was determined by our Engineers that splices should be shaped so that there is more surface area connection between the sides of the splice and the blade. The ideal splice should also be shaped so that the shape resists impact forces, “within itself”.

As a consequence of research we set about designing a range of cricket bat slices that conformed with the Engineering advise. In all there are thirteen (13) different splice shapes. Some designs are specific for use on Willow Cricket Bats and others for use on Maple, Oak, and Ash Cricket Bats. Our cricket bats are available with the option of using a V Splice or two new splice shapes being the C Splice (Willow, Maple, Oak, Ash) or the Power Splice (Maple, Oak, and Ash). In coming months and years, we will release the other eleven (11) shapes.

Along with a new range of splices our bats can be fitted with either rigid or non rigid handles. The later (non-rigid) are conventional cane cricket bat handles. The former (rigid) are manufactured using solid wood with vertical vibration gaskets. We believe this gives all consumers a wider range of options depending on preference and point of view.

To find out more visit www.ultracricket.com.au