Oiling your Governor
Give your new bat a few coats of oil
over a few days on the face, edges, toe and back, using a soft
Leave in a horizontal position after
Knock in bat. Refer "Knocking-in
Use only Raw linseed oil or special
Lightly sand and oil bat every 3-4
weeks. Use a fine grade of sandpaper before oiling in direction
of willow grain.
Stand your bat in oil.
Oil the splice area.
Over-oil the bat.
Knocking-in your Governor
Knocking-in is the compressing of the
willow fibres to form a protective barrier against impact damage of the
cricket ball. While I do some of this for you during the
manufacturing/pressing process you will still need to put in some work,
which if done thoroughly may well extend the life of your cricket bat.
Oil your bat before breaking-in.
(Refer "Oiling your Governor").
Use a bat/ball mallet in the hand (a
ball in a sock is of little use).
Use the mallet like a hammer,
deflecting gently off the edges, the way the ball might in a game.
Increase the force and work the edges
until they show a more rounded, compacted appearance.
Use your Governor to hit short catches
and throw downs in the net after the initial "knocking-in.
Do not use or face new balls during
this time (especially cheaper/harder balls).
NOTE: If there are seam marks and
indentations during the above "STOP" and go back to step 4.