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.
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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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Cricket bats can get damaged or break easily without oiling and knocking in. How Do You Knock in New Balance Cricket Bats? You can use two ways to knock in your cricket bat: you can use a cricket bat mallet and manually knock in your cricket bat, or you can use a knocking in machine.
Pour a very small amount of oil on to the face of the bat. I like to use Linseed oil as this aids water repellence and is the most commonly used oil for this process. Use the cloth to spread this oil across the entire surface area. Ensure that all uncovered areas of the bat receive a thin layer of oil.
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.
Apply 5-6 coats of oil to the face and toe edges using a soft cloth or paintbrush (each coat is one teaspoon). Only oil the face, toe, and edges of the bat, not the entire bat. Allow each coat to dry horizontally while the bat is in use. Before you begin banging in, make sure the bat is completely dry. The Mallet
Hot coconut oil. Heat coconut oil until it is hot. Allow it to cool just enough to handle. Spread it on the bat. Cover the bat with newspaper. Let sit for an hour. After the hour has passed, remove the newspaper. Knock with the corky or mallet. With a ball-in-a-sock. Take a ball and a sock. Place the ball inside the sock.