Ultimate Guide: How to Choose the Perfect Tennis Cricket Bat

The history of cricket suggests that leather cricket bats have been manufactured for more than 100 years and have now become the willowed weapons smashing the leather balls out of the park effortlessly and efficiently. Yet, there are still modifications that each player wants in these efficient designs that suit themselves, like the shape, size, weight, edge thickness, and many other factors. This is for professional cricket, but when we look into it’s brother format, tennis cricket, it’s a totally different ball game. Tennis cricket bats are made with only one thing in mind: to create a bat that smashes the soft or hard tennis balls out of the ground without mercy. With innovation and continuous improvement, we are here now with the tennis bat scoop design. The best design for tennis cricket bats. But there’s still one question, you choose the best leather bat based on what willow it’s made from—is it either English or Kashmir, how much punch does it have, the number of grains, etc. But how to select the right tennis cricket bat still remains an important question. 

A player doing his shadow batting practoce with the ZAP Glaze Tennis Cricket Bat

Worry not; in this article by ZAP, let’s look at how you can find the best tennis cricket bat for yourself and hit smashing sixes. 

How to select the right tennis cricket bat?

The Willow:

Tennis cricket bats are made from Kashmir Willow and Poplar Kashmir Willow. Poplar willow is a type of wood used to make bats for kids and junior players. They don’t have enough power to play with a hard tennis ball, and is only for younger players. Kashmir Willow tennis bats have the perfect amount of power and can take a beating without breaking the bank. They can be used by both, pros and young players entering this fast paced format. English willows are usually not used to make a tennis bat. 

Also Read: Kashmir Willow vs English Willow Cricket Bats

The Shape of the bat:

The Scoop Design of the ZAP Glaze Tennis Cricket Bat

Tennis cricket bats have a distinct shape that differentiates them from a leather bat. The scoop design on the tennis bats makes them lighter and more manoeuvrable, which in turn makes it easier for you to swing the bat harder. Different bat makers go with different types of scoop designs, which are good in their own way. Some scoops make the bat extremely incompetent, while others can unlock the true power to go against a hard tennis ball. Also, not everyone likes the same type of scoop or the way that it feels, so the many diverse designs need to be considered. At ZAP, through thorough research and continuous improvements, we figured out the best scoop design for tennis cricket bats that’ll not only have smashing power but also feel extremely lightweight and easy to swing. And that design, you can see in the ZAP Glaze Scoop Cricket Bat, with neoteric scoops, is hands down the best scoop design tennis cricket bat that you can have. 

Edge Thickness:

The Edge thickness of the ZAP Glaze Tennis Cricket Bat

Blade thickness plays an important role in how much power your bat generates. The thicker the edge of the bat, the more power it can generate. But also remember, the thicker it gets, the bulkier it feels. Generally, an edge thickness of 40-42 mm is ideal for any bat, but considering the scoop placed behind, get a bat that strikes a balance between power and feel. 

The Sweet Spot Position:

The maximum power of the bat comes from the sweet spot position, centrally on the face of the bat. Its the point where, when a ball makes contact, it flies with ultimate power. The scoop behind it plays an important role in the position of the sweet spot and the power it can generate. It can be advantageous to use a bat with the sweet spot positioned a little bit lower on the blade when playing hard tennis ball cricket, as it’ll help you hit shots off the front foot extremely well. 

The handle and the grip:

When it comes to tennis ball cricket bats, the handle shape and type matter. You've got oval, semi-oval, and round shapes to choose from. In terms of types, a cane handle is the best for shock absorption. Total shock absorption to lessen the deadly pace of hard tennis balls is ensured by the creation of a full-cane, rounded handle with optimum flexibility. The grip matters too, giving you that feeling of confidence and a secure hold over your bat. So, if you're serious about tennis cricket, go for a cane handle for excellent shock absorption and rebound capabilities, with your preferred shape and grip. 

Also Checkout: Cricket Bat Grips

The weight and feel:

A player doing his shadow batting practice with the ZAP Glaze tennis cricket bat

The most important factor in selecting a tennis ball cricket bat is its weight and how it feels while batting. The purpose of the scoops is to reduce the extra weight without compromising on power. You need the bat to be less heavy to be able to swing it with lightning speed. Any extra weight will hinder your ability to do so. Also, the scoop can either make or break the bat. Any mistake in scoop construction can totally spoil the balance of the bat. ZAP ensures we eliminate any such competence and craft tennis cricket bats that lie in the ideal weight range, feel extremely well balanced, and feel amazing to bat with. 

What is the best hard tennis ball cricket bat?

The ZAP Glaze and ZAP Bouncer just out of production

ZAP has done intensive research about crafting both hard and soft tennis cricket bats and have understood the requirements of the game to its core. The engineering of these kashmir willow tennis cricket bats make them suitable for all kinds of play. ZAP Scoop tennis cricket bats have a full-blade sweet spot to guarantee the unmatched explosive power. The ZAP Glaze is without a doubt the best tennis cricket bat for hard tennis balls and comes with a revolutionary gold coating for water damage protection. It also has an unbreakable toe guard that keeps the bottom of the bat protected against any breakage. The ZAP Bouncer Scoop Design Cricket Bat is another top option to dominate the box cricket game. If you usually play box cricket and need a lighter-weight bat for light tennis ball cricket bat, the ZAP Soft Power and ZAP Invincible Power are two excellent choices. 


Does my new tennis ball cricket bat needs oiling and knocking?

Tennis ball cricket bats are specially designed to be played with a tennis ball and do not require the same level of preparation as leather cricket bats which are meant to be played against a leather ball. So, tennis ball cricket bats do not need to be oiled or knocked because they are only meant to be used with hard or soft tennis balls, which are lighter and do not create such a huge impact force on a bat. 

What is the difference between a normal cricket bat and scooped bat?

The main difference between a normal cricket bat and a scooped bat lies in their design and purpose. A regular leather cricket bat has a classic curved blade profile, prioritising stability and control against leather balls. Their sweet spot is typically at the bottom of balanced swings. On the other hand, a scooped-back cricket bat, used mainly against tennis balls, features multiple scooped designs for a lighter feel and a larger sweet spot. This design aims to increase shot force, allowing players to swing easily and hit more powerful shots.

Can we use a tennis cricket bat as a season bat after applying fibre tape?

No, using a tennis cricket bat as a season bat after applying fibre tape is not recommended. Tennis cricket bats are specifically designed for a different type of play and are not constructed to withstand the rigours of playing against leather cricket balls.

Now that you have read about how to select the best tennis cricket bat, here are some more articles you should read to understand and take your game to the next level:

Custom Cricket BatsHow leather cricket balls are made? | Box Cricket 

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