Laver & Wood Special Profile

From: $449

The most popular L&W shape. This profile is all about awesome weight distribution which allows for incredible bat-speed as well as a powerful hitting zone. This much loved shape is ideal for stroke players at the top of the order that need bat speed and balance to craft a long innings and put a high value on their wicket. The Willow that is sacrificed out of the shoulders provides an outstanding power to weight ratio.

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  • Willow Selection

    The timber we use is Salix Alba Caerulea (Cricket Bat Willow), grown in England. The willow is renewably harvested across the whole of England and sold through the wood yards of Essex and Suffolk. Most manufacturers obtain their willow from suppliers in the south of England; the largest of which are J.S Wright and Sons. The willow is supplied as clefts; nowadays usually kiln dried.

    Willow arrives at Laver & Wood in raw clefts pre graded by J S Wright & Sons. When the Willow is processed at Laver & Wood it will be regraded cosmetically. After it is pressed it is regraded again on performnace. Examples of these Willow Grades can been seen bellow and are as follows: Legend (Grade 2), Butterfly (Butterfly stained Willow), Special Reserve (Grade 1 Performance), Private Bin (Grade 1), Reserve (Grade 1 Elite) and Signature (Rare limited stock Grade 1 Elite Willow).

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    Signature Willow is the best of the best in both performance and aesthetics. A typical Signature cleft will have few blemishes on the bat and a tight, clean and straight grain structure. Our Signature Willow is the very cream of J.S. Wright & Sons Willow.

    It is highly unusual for us to have more than two pieces of Signature Grade willow available at any one time. Therefore we have a waiting list in operation. Each willow shipment is carefully graded and only one or two clefts per hundred will make the Signature grade

    Grain structure: You can expect at least 8 clean grains in a Signature. Many will have upwards of 11-15 grains but these clefts are becoming even more rare due to recent Willow growing conditions in England.

    Reserve Willow is Laver & Woods Players Grade Willow. Reserve clefts must have high performance and be aesthetically very pleasing. Every cleft has gone through a rigourous grading process so you can be assured that your Reserve is going give you a bat that performs brilliantly and looks outstanding. In both Signature and Reserve grade you will also find some of our more low density clefts, so bigger bats in lighter weights become more possible than with the lower Laver & Wood Grades.

    Grain structure: You can expect at least 7 grains in a Reserve. They will be clean straight grains on the face of the bat.

    Private Bin is Grade 1 Willow. Aesthetically sound and high performance. Your can expect a very attractive bat, that will perform to a high level. The odd blemish is not uncommon in a Private Bin but in general they will have a clean grain structure.

    Grain structure: You can expect 6-10 Grains and it would be much cleaner than a Special Reserve.

    Special Reserve clefts are selected 100% on performance. If they ping to the level of a Private Bin but have too many cosmetic imperfections, then they will be relegated to Special Reserve. If a cosmetical Grade 2 cleft performs too well to be regarded as a Grade 2 then it will be upgraded into this gategory. You may also find that some cosmetically stunning Grade 1’s that do not perform to the level of a Private Bin will also drop down into this category but could not be sold as Grade 2.

    Grain structure: You can expect any where from 5-6 grains, blemishes and heartwood are common in this grade. If you are picky about grain structure then look to Private Bin or Reserve for your bat.

    Legend Willow is the Laver & Wood access Willow Grade. Cosmetically significantly inferior to Private Bin but some are comparible to Special Reserve. These clefts will not perform to the level of a Special Reserve but you will still find some clefts in this grade that will produce wonderful bats and for many cricketers, this is all they will ever need. When you are talking value for shots – it is more important to get the specifications right for your game than it is to have a cosmetically nice looking cleft.

    Grain structure: You can expect 5 grains or more. Blemished, butterfly stains and heartwood common.

    Weight Selection

    Sometimes players may find that they like a particular weight but, for instance, prefer a longer blade due to the fact this will help with back pain or if they are looking to make themselves stand up straighter. As a rule of thumb, if you normally use a 2lbs8oz bat in a standard short handle size, the weight for a long blade will be 2lbs9ozs. This is due to the extra length right at the toe of the bat. It will also feel more ‘toe heavy’ than what you are used to, as the extra length moves the bat’s ‘centre of gravity’ further away from your hands. The same principles apply to a long handled bat due to pushing the weight further away from your hands.

    Measured in inches. -1 is a super short handle. 0 is a short handle (normal) and +1 is a long handle.

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    The standard cane handle is what most bats have been made with for the past hundred years and more.
    It is reasonably flexible and gives batsmen a great idea of how hard they have hit the ball without even needing to watch where the ball has gone.
    We recommend this bat for traditional players who are just as concerned with placement rather than power.
    The flexibility of the handle is essentially wasted energy so, whilst allowing for awesome performance, the biggest hitters out there might prefer something different.

    This handle is for players looking for ultimate performance.
    The carbon fibre insert into the top of the handle stiffens this section and limits flex.
    As mentioned above flexibility is wasted energy so the CarboCane technology allows for this power to transmit back through the face of the bat and into every shot you play.
    An extra 10% of power might not sound like much but can turn a one bounce four, or a boundary catch, into a comfortable six.

    The C-Ten is incredibly popular amoung Laver & Wood customers.
    Due to the honeycomb structure at the top of the handle it is reasonably rigid so performance is increased (similar to the CarboCane offering) but it is not so stiff that it feels strange in the hands.
    The other main benefit is that the clear resin used to infuse and secure the honeycomb is heavier than the cane it replaces. This brings the balance point of the bat further up the blade towards the hands and therefore makes it feel lighter.
    These factors improve balance and performance which are the two main factors looked for in an elite cricket bat.

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    Measured in inches. -0.5 is a short blade. 0 is a standard blade (normal) and +1 is a long blade.

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