Laver & Wood customise handles to match customer requirements. The correct handle configuration can make a huge difference to the performance of a bat and this goes beyond the width and number of grips. We can alter the profile of the handle. We usually reccomend an oval shape at the base to open up the bottom hand. This helps batsmen choose when to hit the ball in the air by preventing the bottom hand becoming dominant. The only time where we do not reccomend an oval handle is when the customer is used to and have had success with Round handles.

All Laver & Wood handles conform to MCC regulations.

Below you can see our different Laver & Wood bat handle options (and background information) :

Please do get in touch if you have absolutely any questions about any of the above and we will be more than willing to discuss them in more depth through our online contact form.

The standard cane handle is what most bats have been made with for the past hundred years and more.
It is reasonably flexible and gives batsmen a great idea of how hard they have hit the ball without even needing to watch where the ball has gone.
We recommend this bat for traditional players who are just as concerned with placement rather than power.
The flexibility of the handle is essentially wasted energy so, whilst allowing for awesome performance, the biggest hitters out there might prefer something different.
The Standard Cane handles can be made in Oval, Round,Thick, Thin, Long, Short, Super Short and all youth sizes
This handle is for players looking for ultimate performance.
The carbon fibre insert into the top of the handle stiffens this section and limits flex.
As mentioned above flexibility is wasted energy so the CarboCane technology allows for this power to transmit back through the face of the bat and into every shot you play.
An extra 10% of power might not sound like much but can turn a one bounce four, or a boundary catch, into a comfortable six.
CarboCane handles can be made in Oval, Round, Thick, Thin, Long, Short, and Super Short sizes.
The C-Ten is incredibly popular amoung Laver & Wood customers.
Due to the honeycomb structure at the top of the handle it is reasonably rigid so performance is increased (similar to the CarboCane offering) but it is not so stiff that it feels strange in the hands.
The other main benefit is that the clear resin used to infuse and secure the honeycomb is heavier than the cane it replaces. This brings the balance point of the bat further up the blade towards the hands and therefore makes it feel lighter.
These factors improve balance and performance which are the two main factors looked for in an elite cricket bat.
C-Ten handles can be made in Oval, Round, Thick, Thin, Long, Short, and Super Short sizes.

handle shapesHandle Shape

At L&W we usually make our bats with an oval shape at the base of the handle. We use this shape as it provides more strength to the handle and helps to diffuse the shock waves created from the ball meeting the blade.

The oval shape in the lower handle also gives the bat a better directional feel. It is hard to grip the bat too hard with the bottom hand. One only needs to hold the bat’s handle with one’s thumb and forefinger and this encourages the top hand to control the shot.

The oval shape improves the pickup due to having a larger mass nearer to your body. Most batsmen that use our oval handle will never revert back to a round one.

The round handle is best suited to those who like to use their bottom hand to hit the ball hard and lift it.

The size of a batsman’s hands can alter the specification of the handle. This is changed by either applying extra rubber grips or in the case of needing a thinner handle, specifying you have small hands when you place your order.

We can provide a standard round handle on request, but recommend the oval handle for anyone who wants to bat technically correctly

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