how to knock your cricket bat in

Knocking in your cricket bat

Knocking-In

Knocking in your B3 cricket bat is essential and it may invalidate your warranty if you do not knock your bat in properly. Every bat needs between 2 and 3 hours knocking in with a proper bat mallet. An old ball in a sock is not adequate.

 

 

What Does Knocking In Do?

Knocking in your bat with a proper bat mallet will help to condition the fibres in the face of the bat and prepare it for the impact of new, hard cricket balls.

 

 

Below we describe the correct knocking in process dependent on how you have bought your bat from us:

 

  1. B3 factory knocked in:

If you have bought your bat “pre-knocked in” by B3 then we will have spent at least 1 hour knocking in the edges and toe areas of the bat with a special bat mallet. This is what we call the primary stage of the knocking-in process.

 

If you have bought your bat with edge tape and/or an anti-scuff sheet, then we will have fitted it at this stage. It is now up to you to complete the knocking in process.

Because we will have concentrated on the edges and toe, you can concentrate on the main hitting area. This will also avoid disrupting the edge tape / anti-scuff sheet.

Knocking-in should be followed up by at least 2 or 3 net practice sessions where you further condition the bat with used balls in a “throw downs” scenario.

You will gradually begin to feel the performance of the bat improve the more you knock it in. If the bat face can still be dented or shows seam marks from hard balls then it probably needs more knocking-in.

 

 

  1. Self knocked in:

If you are knocking-in your bat entirely yourself then you should follow the above instructions but add an additional hour for the primary knocking in stage. The first hour should concentrate on the edges and toe areas of the bat with a proper bat mallet. You should now commence the secondary knocking-in and spend at least 2 hours using a bat mallet.

Knocking-in should be followed up by at least 2 or 3 net practice sessions where you further condition the bat with used balls in a “throw downs” scenario.

You will gradually begin to feel the performance of the bat improve the more you knock it in. If the bat face can still be dented or shows seam marks from hard balls then it probably needs more knocking-in.

 

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