So you've spent your hard-earned money on your dream bat.
Your bat is made of willow which is a natural material and will continually have very hard cricket balls smashing against it.
Most bats will eventually conk out or break and you can never predict when this will happen, it could be the very first ball you play with it or it may not break for ten years, you can never put a life on a cricket bat.
Knocking in is the process of hardening and conditioning the blade's surface.
The best action you can take to HELP LESSEN the chance of your
bat breaking, particularly early in its life, is to prepare your bat correctly.
We have one of only a few purpose built machines which have been designed and made to save time and effort in completing a precise job of knocking in the face of your cricket bat. (If you decide to manually knock your bat in yourself we suggest a solid 6 – 8 hours of preparation time)
The two main reasons for knocking in are:
It protects the bat from cracking as well as increasing its usable life.
It also improves the middle (the area with best rebound quality) of the bat so that the middle is bigger and better.
The nature of the game of cricket is that a
hard ball is propelled at high speed toward the batsman who swings the bat in
the attempt of hitting the ball, this contact will cause an insufficiently
prepared bat to crack very quickly and therefore shortening the bats life span.
The price of a bat does not have any effect on whether or not it cracks, usually the best bats are more expensive and are more likely to crack than a cheaper bat because the willow is often softer.
Cricket bats are made of willow and it is to be expected that the condition of the bat will deteriorate during its usage.
Prenter Bats strongly recommends having your bat prepared professionally when you purchase it, this helps to gain better performance and also extend the life of the bat. It can also relieve you and your family members of a time consuming, noisy and monotonous process that is knocking in.
KNOCK IN SERVICE OPTIONS AVAILABLE
Social Knock In - **Machine knock in of face only
Club Knock In - **Machine knock in of face, hand mallet knock in of edges, shoulders and toe
State Knock In - **Machine knock in of face, hand mallet knock in of edges, shoulders
and toe. Extratec and fibreglass taped edges
International Knock In - **Machine knock in of face, hand mallet knock in and traditional boning of edges, shoulders and toe. Extratec and fibreglass taped edges
** Machine knocking in of face applies approximately 15,000 impacts in 30 minutes
^ Limited styles and colours available