At Laver & Wood 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 difficult to grip the bat too hard with the bottom hand. One only needs to hold the 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, where a thinner handle is required, specifying that 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.
This can be done if you send your bat back to us. Shipping is extra and can be quoted on request.