Let your imagination fly.
Our Custom range empowers you to build your dream shape through our website. Select various profile, edge, handle, and spine designs to custom make your perfect Fantail cricket bat.
Once we receive your order, you will work with Blake, our bat maker, to draw up a design that moulds to your game.
Our custom range also includes replicating bats. You can send or drop your bat off in-store, or we can use pictures and specifications to draw up a design. You can type that you'd like us to make a replica in the additional information box on each custom product page.
HOW OUR MADE TO ORDER BATS ARE MADE
Each cricket bat willow tree is grown in the UK for around 20 years before being processed & into raw clefts.
Our high-quality Singapore Manu cane & cork cane handles are made in Jalandhar, India.
Once the raw clefts and handles arrive in our Auckland, New Zealand workshop, the clefts are machined, handled and run through our two-stage pressing process, which maximises the potential performance of each piece of willow.
They are then given a final grade, shaped by hand and finished to your chosen specifications. We trust in our process, which allows you to confidently walk to the crease, knowing that you're using a premium product that will perform under pressure.
All the information you need to select the correct options for you.
The general rule is light bats for the controlled players and slightly heavier bats for the aggressive and attacking stroke-makers.
Heavier bats have a slower bat speed than lighter bats. The effort required to move the bat increases as the weight of the bat increases. A lighter bat will allow faster bat speed and increase the chance of middling the ball. A heavier bat will not be comparatively easy to middle the ball with, but it will stay hit when you connect with it.
Light (2lbs 6oz - 2lbs 8oz): We recommend this weight range if you are moving to your first full-size bat or into the finishing stages of your playing career, as it may help if you carry a lingering injury
Standard (2lbs 9oz - 2lbs 10oz): Most professional cricketers use a bat of this weight. It is an excellent balance between bat speed and bat performance.
Heavy (2lbs 11oz +): From 2lbs 11oz, you get a bat less about bat speed and more about blade performance. This weight range is for players who want to score their runs through boundaries and want a large and imposing bat.
Bow & Face
Our 2 stage pressing technique generates a balanced bowed blade to deliver increased power and control. Our modern flat face allows for enhanced shot placement. The edges are boned (hardened) to strengthen and decrease the chance of cracking.
sweet spot position
The sweet spot or middle of the bat is the blade area where you achieve the most significant amount of power. Therefore, if you have a bat with a high sweet spot, you need to regularly hit the ball high on the blade to get the best out of the bat.
When choosing the spine position, remember the higher you go, the better the pick up will be.
We give you the option of having a different spine peak position to the edge. Having an offset edge and spine is designed to lengthen the middle, improving the pickup and balance. This option is optimal if you like a low sweet spot.
In October 2017, the new MCC laws on cricket bat sizes came into force for the professional game. The new code means that the maximum dimensions of a cricket bat will be 108mm in blade width, 67mm in spine height with 40mm edges. A bat gauge has been developed for umpires to check players bats, and we use one in the workshop to guarantee your bat will fit through.
The laws are only applicable to the professional game, but there is a moratorium period for the amateur game. This period means that amateur players can still use and purchase oversized bats that may violate the Law, which is why we give you the option.
additional information box
We encourage you to give us as much information as possible. Whether that is replicating your current bat, a bat you've found online or creating a new shape altogether.
If you're not sure what would suit you, let us know your playing style, pitches you play on, best & worst shots, formats you play, bats that you've previously used and what you liked/disliked about them, age & build we will then design a shape based on the information you provide that moulds to your game.
Remember the specifications you provide are to give us a guide. Once we receive your order, we will be in touch within a few days with an initial design. We can then proceed or make as many changes as you like until you're happy.
English willow grading
The willow won't look exactly the same as in the picture, as it's a natural product.
When placing your order, select 'Yes, please' in the 'Send pictures of willow options' section if you want a specific grain structure. We will email you options once we've received your order (we will refund your order if you don't like any of the options).