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GM Cricket Bat Preparation

  • GM English Willow Cricket Bats are “Knocked In” at the GM factory to supplement blade pressing
  • GM English Willow Cricket Bats are lightly oiled and covered with a GM NOW! Anti-scuff cover
  • GM English Willow Cricket Bats are fitted with TOETEK
  • GM English Willow Cricket Bats are treated with DRI-GUARD

Additional "Knocking-in" using an appropriate bat mallet to the vulnerable front edges is needed before using a new ball.

After significant use exposed willow will require light oiling if the willow becomes dry.


There is an indisputable link between our GM factory preparation and return rates of cricket bats due to blade damage. Durability increases and playing performance is not affected by the Anti-scuff cover. It adds approximately 1 ounce of weight so don’t be misled when comparing a ‘Natural Finish’ bat vs. a GM NOW! Bat.


Our Anti scuff cover creates a barrier to moisture combined with raw linseed oil to prevent moisture penetration. It also assists in holding the blade together should minor cracks naturally appear due to using.

The GM NOW! cover should not be removed until it has shown significant wear and only removed by a bat specialist.

GM NOW! Bats have been very lightly oiled and pre-knocked in by GM bat makers in our factory by hand.


A specially shaped resilient shield fitted to the toe of the bat, which reduces toe damage and feathering that is often caused by tapping at the crease. It also acts as a further barrier to damp.


GM bats are treated with GM Driguard™ applied to the toe of the bat to reduce water absorption.

This helps prevent toe swelling making the toe less susceptible to moisture-induced damage. DriGuard™ will repel oil, as well as moisture and oil applied to this area, should just be wiped off.



The process of continuous striking of the face and front edge surfaces of the bat with an old cricket ball or specifically designed GM bat mallet, adding further durability, in particular to the front edges of the blade which are more prone to damage. This part of the process is begun in our factory by our GM bat makers who knock the face and front of edges in with a lignum vitae bat mallet.


Playing In is essential for bats fitted with GM Now! By first hitting short catches and or facing throwdowns with an old good quality cricket ball. It is advisable initially avoid facing a new ball in the nets or a game as this can cause severe blade indentation and damage.


A GM bat is made light enough for an average cricketer to play and perform proper cricket shots with it.

GM bats are designed so that there is plenty of wood in the hitting area to give resilience to the stroke and strong enough to withstand the shock created by the impact of the ball. If an awkward ball is caught on the edge or trapped between the toe of the bat and the ground some damage is almost inevitable. It makes no difference if the bat is brand new or older.

We could ensure that these vulnerable areas do not sustain as much damage by simply making them much thicker but then, of course, the bat would be so heavy as to be unplayable and likely the cricketer would not buy it. Cricket bats are always a compromise between performance and durability and GM’s long bat making history gives them the best chance of achieving both.


In normal use, superficial face and edge marks along with slight surface cracking will occur. This is to be expected and does not detract from the playing performance of the bat.

Other damage, such as splitting of the toe as a result of hitting a yorker, or due to water ingress, or severe crease tapping, or damage caused by a miss-timed shot, which happens to even the best player, if looked at in a timely fashion can more often than not be repaired and the repaired bat will continue to give excellent service.

A bat refurbishment service for your GM bat is available from cricket specialists which will help extend your bats life.

DO’s and DON’TS

DO prepare the bat carefully paying attention to ball marks.

DO store the bat in the off-season in a cool dry atmosphere away from excessive heat or damp.

DO inspect the bat regularly for damage in play and Repair promptly, the longer it is left unrepaired the shorter the bat life.

DO lightly re-oil the bat if it shows signs of drying out.

DON’T expose to extremes of temperature

AVOID prolonged spells in Car Boots/Trunks/Interiors

DON’T Over-oil. It is more dangerous to over-oil than to under-oil. Over-oiling will add weight, spoils driving power and may cause rot.

DON’T ever, ever stand the bat in oil.

DON’T allow the bat to become damp. Moisture absorbed by tapping a damp wicket will leave the bat vulnerable to toe damage.

DON’T misuse or treat carelessly off the pitch for example at nets, or in changing rooms.

DON’T use cheap hard cricket balls. These will damage the bat, quality cricket balls only.

DON’T continue to play with a damaged bat. This will aggravate the damage to a point where the bat may be beyond repair.

DON’T remove the GM NOW! Anti-scuff cover as this can damage the blade if not done by a bat specialist.

DON’T have your bat knocked in by a machine, this is detrimental to your GM bat and won’t help the bat perform at its best.

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