My Boom Boom Signature 130 Bat

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Assalam u alaikum

Just bought my very first hardball Cricket bat. Was slightly low on budget (and time) so ended up picking the Boom Boom Signature 130 from the company's exclusive outlet at Fortress Stadium, Lahore.

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Weighs around 2 lb 10 oz. It feels surprisingly light weight because I considered bats to be quite heavy. It's Grade 3 English Willow with 10 grains.

I have a couple of queries, the shop keeper said it comes pre-knocked so doesn't require manual knocking on part of the user. I'm been researching around and most sites are of the opinion that it still must be knocked by hand.

I'm a bit apprehensive of jumping into the process. What if I end up damaging the blade?:junaid
Secondly, what if I play with it as it is? Would there be a staggering difference pre and post knocking?
 
Waalikum Slam,
Not bad considering it's your first! Mind telling how much you paid for it?
As far as knocking is concerned, you must knock it no matter what anybody says. You can use a bat mallet and start with gentle knocks and then build your way up. The main focus should be the toe and edges. You need to Round off the edges. In short you need to spend at least 2,3 hours on your bat before you take it to the nets. A good indicator of the bat being ready is that when you finally hit a ball it shouldn't leave any mark on the blade, if it does you need to knock it more. It's worth all the time and effort as it will prolong the bat life.Knocking in will open up your bat much earlier then just playing with it as is.
Coming to your 2nd question it won't be a staggering difference in actually hitting the ball but digging out a Yorker or edging one to slips will leave your bat damaged. I can go on and on about the benefits on knocking but I guess you get the point.
 
Waalikum Slam,
Not bad considering it's your first! Mind telling how much you paid for it?
As far as knocking is concerned, you must knock it no matter what anybody says. You can use a bat mallet and start with gentle knocks and then build your way up. The main focus should be the toe and edges. You need to Round off the edges. In short you need to spend at least 2,3 hours on your bat before you take it to the nets. A good indicator of the bat being ready is that when you finally hit a ball it shouldn't leave any mark on the blade, if it does you need to knock it more. It's worth all the time and effort as it will prolong the bat life.Knocking in will open up your bat much earlier then just playing with it as is.
Coming to your 2nd question it won't be a staggering difference in actually hitting the ball but digging out a Yorker or edging one to slips will leave your bat damaged. I can go on and on about the benefits on knocking but I guess you get the point.
Thanks for the detailed reply. I got it for 13.5k Rs. :)
Just one more query regarding the knocking process, is there a possibility the blade may crack if I strike it too hard with a mallet?
 
You are welcome :)! Ok so don't strike it hard right away! As I said, start with gentle strikes and once you get the feel of it build your way to harder blows. You need to spend at least 3 hours on the bat, and at the end you will be hitting the mallet really hard. It sounds boring but it's worth it.:). And you need to oil the bat too before starting the knocking in process. Let me know if you need any help with it!
 
P.S : 13.5k is a lot for a grade 3 bat! You can get a good quality grade 1 in that price or cheaper eg ASV12, V10, CA PLUS 8000,5000!
 
Thanks a lot Foks! I appreciate your guidance :)

Just one last thing, the price you're quoting for the bats in the above post are recent? I was wondering because Grade 1 bats are in the range of 25k+ Rs right now!
 
You are welcome mate. :)! And yes, specially AS V12 & V10 I inquired from the factory last month. I got a CA PLUS 10000 on my last visit to Pak for 12k, that was last June so I don't think it will be more then 15k right now!
 
You are welcome mate. :)! And yes, specially AS V12 & V10 I inquired from the factory last month. I got a CA PLUS 10000 on my last visit to Pak for 12k, that was last June so I don't think it will be more then 15k right now!

CA plus 10000 is still 12k and 12000 plus is 15k. so I ended up buying this wonderful UT branded bat for 8000 rupees and it performs better than all these bats.
 
good bat but bro i have same thing to say that price is too high ......u can easily get one ca 10000 + one ca 5000 in 13000rupees.....and might can get mb malik buber sher lE or one mb malik buber nd one pair of batting gloves in 13000....but if u like ur baat then leave everything if u are happey to have this in ur kit bag...
 
ALSO don't use it agains bad quality balls, they will break your bat
 
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