Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 6. Grain Structure & Willow Colour
One of the most common questions asked by cricketers is how different grains perform in cricket bats. There are a number of different factors to consider when discussing grains, and there are no absolutely right answers. The natural variation in willow means that there are rules, rather than hard laws, about grains in bats.
The number of grains affects the grade of the willow, and affects the look of the bat. From a bat makers perspective we like to get a balance between performance and durability. There is often, but not always, a trade off between the performance of the bat and its durability.
Some players will have had bats with a large number of grains that have performed better than any other bat they have used, so they want to stay with blades with a large number of grains. Others will have been disappointed that their tightly grained bat did not last very long, and prefer to go for a more conventional seven to nine grains. Batsmen of the calibre of Viv Richards and Sunil Gavaskar favoured bats with few grains, so a lot of the decisions about the number of grains ultimately comes down to personal preference.
More Laver & Wood Cricket Bat Lore chapter introductions can be found below.
10. Handle Breakage
23. Knocking In
24. Oiling Bats
25. Moisture Damage