GM players edition cricket bats go under the microscope

GM players edition cricket bats go under the microscope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GM Graeme smith players grade cricket bat 2012

Specifications

Origin: England
Wood: English willow Original LE grade willow
Weight Guide: 2lb 12oz
Sample Weight: 2lb 12 oz
Handle: Oval at bottom
Edge (at widest): 35mm
Finish: Polycoat and toetec
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

Wow thats expensive, but so is a ferrari or an Aston Martin. And are they worth every penny. Absolutely. These bats are incredible. Some of the best bats ive picked up in a long time. Great Ping, balance is awesome. total confidence that you will clear any boundary on the planet. This bat only scores a 36/45. however take the price out of the equation and change the score to 35, you will have a bat that scores 33/35. thats not to bad.

We Like

– Just about everything about it. Shape, profile, ping, handle shape, presence, willow.

pickup index ( 4 ) i like this

We Dislike

– No bat cover…WTF. $699 USD and no bat cover????? Thats lame.

Star Rating

Price: 3/10                              weight : 2.12
Willow: 9/10                          edge size : 35mm
Finish: 9/10
Performance: 10/10
Wow: 5/5

total score : 36/45

GM Shane Watson players grade cricket bat 2012

Specifications

Origin: England
Wood: English willow Original LE grade willow
Weight Guide: 2lb 12oz
Sample Weight: 2lb 12 oz
Handle: Oval at bottom
Edge (at widest): 37mm
Finish: Polycoat and toetec
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

I dont love this bat as much i do the epic PE, but that doesn’t take away from the fact its an awesome bat. all the characteristics as the epic. Expensive, exclusive, brilliant. Pity about the slight blemish on the toe on this one bat.take the price out of the equation and change the score to 35, you will have a bat that scores 32/35. thats not to bad.

We Like

– Im not in love with the sweet spot location on this and the pickup index.

pickup index ( 3 ) Feels a little light for me.

We Dislike

– No bat cover…WTF. $699 USD and no bat cover????? Thats lame.

Star Rating

Price: 3/10                              weight : 2.12
Willow: 8/10                          edge size : 37mm
Finish: 9/10
Performance: 10/10
Wow: 5/5

total score : 35/45

GM Jonathan Trott players grade cricket bat 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Specifications

Origin: England
Wood: English willow Original LE grade willow
Weight Guide: 2lb 10oz
Sample Weight: 2lb 10 oz
Handle: Oval at bottom
Edge (at widest): 34mm
Finish: Polycoat and toetec
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

I like this bat and the shape. its has a nice low elongated middle that extends up the blade and its very well balanced. The balance is a little light as it comes in 2.10 with a pickup index of 2 but it carries it very will and i could see myself playing with this bat as its very close to one of the bats i currently use myself. see Hammer cricket bats.take the price out of the equation and change the score to 35, you will have a bat that scores 33/35. thats not to bad.

We Like

– I love the balance and pickup of this bat even though its lighter than i usually use. Ping is awesome obviously as are all of the player edition cricket bats.

pickup index ( 2 )Its very light but i like this one a lot

We Dislike

– Still…seriously. no bat cover….

Star Rating

Price: 3/10                              weight : 2.10
Willow: 9/10                          edge size : 34mm
Finish: 9/10
Performance: 10/10
Wow: 5/5

total score : 36/45

GM Ross Taylor players grade cricket bat 2012

Specifications

Origin: England
Wood: English willow Original LE grade willow
Weight Guide: 2lb 11oz
Sample Weight: 2lb 11 oz
Handle: Oval at bottom
Edge (at widest): 35mm
Finish: Polycoat and toetec
Toe Protection: Yes

My opinion

This bat and the shane watson are the only two bats in the range that are anything like the actual GM range of bats. eg the watson shape is very similar to the actual flare and this Ross taylor bat is similar to the Icon shape but the G.smith and the Trott bats are nothing like the bats they are endorsing shape and profile wise. Overall however its still an awesome bat with a large middle and will dwarf any ground out there.take the price out of the equation and change the score to 35, you will have a bat that scores 33/35. thats not to bad.

We Like

– Very good weight and balance with the pickup index being a perfect 3. combining control and power. Any batsman will love this bat in their hands.

pickup index ( 3 )

We Dislike

– im starting to not love the sharp icon spine. if 3/4 GM pros don’t have the sharp spine with con-caved rear profile, is that a sign that there is something to the design??

Star Rating

Price: 3/10                              weight : 2.11
Willow: 9/10                          edge size : 35mm
Finish: 9/10
Performance: 10/10
Wow: 5/5

total score : 36/45

GM players edition cricket bats photographs


GM Graeme smith players grade cricket bat 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GM Shane Watson players grade cricket bat 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GM Jonathan Trott players grade cricket bat 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GM Ross Taylor players grade cricket bat 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cricket batting gloves rated and tested.

This will be simple. Nothing to complicated.

Scoring system.

Quality of materials used will be called quality score. scored out of 3.

How comfortable the gloves are on the hands, fit, around wrist on fingers etc will be Comfort level. scored out of 3.

Protection will be scored out of 3 as well with a best possible score of 9.

#1 : Kookaburra 2012 Kahuna 1000 Batting gloves.

Price $99

Quality : 3

Comfort : 3

Protection : 3

 

Perfect score of 9/9

Really cool gloves.

 

#2 : Laver & Wood Private Bin batting gloves

Price $99

Quality : 2

Comfort : 2

Protection : 1

 

score of 5/9

 

Cool looking gloves but a bit lacking in all departments.

# 3 :Kookaburra kahuna 2012 800 batting gloves.

Price : $59.99

Quality : 3

Comfort : 2

Protection : 2

 

score of 7/9

 

Really good gloves for the price

 

# 4 : Adidas adiPure Batting Gloves 2012

Price : $89.99

Quality : 3

Comfort : 3

Protection : 3

Perfect score of 9/9

Really awesome gloves for the price. Same quality gloves would be $129 from Newbery

 

#5 : Hammer Platinum batting gloves 

Price : $109.99

Hammer platinum batting gloves

Quality : 3

Comfort : 3

Protection : 3

score of 9/9

Really impressed with these gloves and i personally rate them very highly. They have test match level protection on all fingers, have used premium quality materials and are also very comfortable on the hands…As a first effort from Hammer cricket i commend them as they have done an awesome job and expect greater things from them in the future.

 

# 6 : SG RSD SUPALITE cricket batting gloves

Price : $47

Quality : 3

Comfort : 3

Protection : 1

 

score of 7/9

Good quality, very comfortable but almost no protection underneath the surface.

 

 

 

# 7 : Adidas adiPower Batting Gloves 2012

Price : $79.99

Quality : 2

Comfort : 1

Protection : 2

 

score of 5/9

great gloves for club level cricket but not anything above that.

 

# 8 : Newbery GT 335 batting gloves 2011

Price : $89.99

Quality : 3

Comfort : 1

Protection : 3

 

score of 7/9

 

Very good quality, but not flexible at all. very uncomfortable.

 

 

# 9 : SG MAXILITE ULTIMATE cricket batting gloves

Price : $50

Quality : 2

Comfort : 3

Protection : 1

 

score of 6/9

 

Very comfortable club level batting gloves, poor protection.

 

# 10 : Newbery Test batting glove 2011

Price : $69.99

Quality : 3

Comfort : 3

Protection : 1

score of 7/9

Great quality gloves, very comfortable but lacking international quality padding underneath the surface.

 

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Dont be fooled by ” Players ” grade cricket bat willow.

Just thought i would start a little topic of players grade bats and wanted to let people know you shouldnt be fooled as not all PLAYERS bats are in fact players grade willow.

I think i will start with my the GM definition of players grade bats.
” PLAYER EDITION bats are made from LE timber and are finished with prestige PLAYER EDITION identification and superb laser engraved player autographs. GM NOW! and ToeTekTM finish fitted as standard. PLAYER EDITION bat weights cannot be specified and will be “as finished”.[/size]Please note that Team GM product development is a continuous process. PLAYER EDITION configurations shown are those in use by our players at the time of preparation of this Book of Cricket.”

So i think this is a good benchmark for players grade bats.

Kookaburra also have a players grade bats and its also described as being limited edition and something special.
GN also have the GN legend which is also their top of the line bat and is also something limited, even though yesterday i shipped a G2 GN legend to australia as it had 20 grains but clearly had 50% heartwood which would mean its G2 correct??

Now newbery have a Players grade bat as well. the problem is im not sure what players they are talking about here as its clearly not their top of the line willow, which is the SPS.
GN also have a players grade just above the carbo i believe. this is also not PLAYERS grade willow.
My friends at Vindico also have a players plus which is also not Players grade willow as described by GM or Kookaburra.

Can you guys think of any other brands that have named their bats ” PLAYERS ” bats which is not necessarily a scam but rather just  the name they have chosen?

Beserker T20 RS cricket bat review

Beserker T20 RS cricket bat review

 

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is this bad for kookaburra cricket or good for SG cricket??

So just got the 2012 Kookaburra biggest kahuna in my hands and was horribly disappointed. theyve gone and taken the previously great design and absolutely raped it, giving it a completely flat face ( E41, SG, laver ultra etc ). i hate the look of it, and those other bats.

Now granted thats a personal opinion and has no effect on bat performance, but that brings me to my topic headline.

as i was looking at the new 2012 biggest kahuna ( stopping myself from throwing up on my computer ) something struck me. its looks like a bat ive just recently reviewed. so went through my bats and found it.

the SG VS 319 ultimate.

then remembered just the other day i did the review on the new Kahuna T20 and that as well is an exact replica of the SG stud T11i cricket bat.

now we all know SG makes Kookaburra’s bats for them but, previously i would of held kookaburra to a higher standard than SG, whereas in actual fact all they are doing is taking SG bats and putting kookaburra stickers on them, or vica versa.

so is kookaburra going down the same path as slazenger where their products will as well be only classified as a average indian brand or is SG going to be the big winner in this as people will start seeing them as a more reputable brand.

please remember these are all just my opinions…

thx.

p.s. guess i should grab my kahuna 1000’s and see which SG bat they are now as well right?