The ball mallet is essential for the longevity of the cricket bat as it helps in developing the mid-section of the bat. This hardens the edges and improves the bat’s ability to make strokes. The ball mallet is designed to make the bat knocking process easier. It keeps the wrist comfortable while providing an easy grip. How to Knock in a Cricket Bat. When using the ball mallet, you should first oil the bat.
Coat the face of the bat with the oil. You can use a rag or your fingers. Do not put any oil within 25mm of the splice (where the handle joins the blade of the bat). Cover the edges and heel of the bat and about 40 mm in from the edges on the back of the bat. You want the oil on the face of the bat drawn into the face.
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Raw Linseed Oil. Can you over oil a cricket bat? It’s possible to over oil a bat. This makes the bat too moist and doesn’t provide the right “crack” off the willow. Most people agree that once a season (in between seasons) is the right time to oil your bat. You shouldn’t need to do it again until the next off-season.
How to Oil Your Bat. Apply 2-3 teaspoons of oil to the face of the bat. You can use an old piece of rag but it doesn’t matter if you use your fingers. Make sure you don’t oil the splice, or within a CM of the splice. The oil should cover the face of the bat, the edges, the heel, and about 4 CM from the edges on the back of the bat.
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