Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 11. Revised Handle Laws
In the middle part of the first decade of this century batmakers began innovating with handle designs. This was driven partly by a shortage in high grade cane for handles, as well as a desire to create a point of difference with other bat makers though innovation.
At the same time concerns that the bat was dominating the ball were troubling the cricketing community. Stiffer handles can increase the distance the ball travels as the give in the rubber and cane handle means that it does not deliver as much power as a stiffer handle will.
Carbon fibre inserts in the handle were used to stiffen up the handle. Our experiments showed that our stiffer handles gave the batsman a huge advantage, being able to hit the ball far further than with a bat with a conventional handle.
More Laver & Wood Cricket Bat Lore chapter introductions can be found below.
10. Handle Breakage
23. Knocking In
24. Oiling Bats
25. Moisture Damage