Laver & Wood’s Cricket Bat Lore Ch 23. Knocking In
Almost all new cricket bats require knocking in before use. Knocking in is the process of hardening and conditioning of the blades’ surface. Knocking in protects the face of the bat from cracking, so increasing the bats usable life. It also improves the middle of the bat so it performs better.
The nature of the game of cricket is that a hard ball is propelled at high speed toward the batsman who swings the bat hitting the ball. This contact will cause a bat that is not knocked in correctly to crack and these cracks will shorten the life of the bat. Knocking in provides a protective layer on the face of the bat and prevents the cracking.
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More Laver & Wood Cricket Bat Lore chapter introductions can be found below.
1. Salix alba var. Caerulea
2. Watermark Disease
3. Why English Willow
4. Grading Willow
5. Butterfly Willow
6. Grain Structure & Willow Colour
7. Testing a Cleft
8. Laver & Wood’s Guide to Cricket Bat Handles
9. Laver & Wood’s Handles
10. Handle Breakage
11. Revised Handle Laws
12. Handle Manufacture
13. The Coefficient of Restitution and Centre of Percussion – What are these?
14. The Importance of Pressing Cricket Bat Willow
15. Traditional Bat Making
16. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking I
17. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking II
18. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking III
19. Tools used in Traditional Batmaking IV
20. The Weather & Bat Making
21. Preseason Bat Check
22. Bat Repair and Maintenance
23. Knocking In
24. Oiling Bats
25. Moisture Damage
26. Batting in Wet Conditions
27. Making Bats Last Longer
28. Why Bats Break & How to Protect Them