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Willow vs. Cedar vs. Pine cricket bat


Cricket Spectator
Hello all, I don't play cricket but I am acutely aware of the properties of wood. While discussing the merits of Willow for cricket bats with friends I argued that it doesn't make sense. It would make more sense to use hardwood.

So I made one using Oak. Sent it off with my friends for testing during their practice matches. The feedback while positive did note that the Oak bat sent more vibration to the handle and the signature Willow sound was absent.

So I made two more cricket bats. One out of Cedar and the other out of Pine. I handed it over for testing and the feedback was entirely positive. The feel, bounce and sound were all great.

But I wanted to broaden my horizon and scale of opinion and ask here if anyone has experience playing with hardwood or other cricket bats not made out of Willow and would shed some light on why Willow is the preferred choice. Thanks.

If you’re interested the video below documents the sound and bounce for each bat- Willow, Cedar and Pine. I will be delighted and grateful if you could share your thoughts.