The TOP SCORE® Advantage
TOP SCORE® batting aid puts the bat in the fingers, giving the batsman strength for the power shots and control for the defensive and clever shots - including speed of hit - used by batsmen to turn strike.
Adam Gilchrist, one of the most devastating batsmen in Australian Cricket, famously used a squash ball in his batting glove to stop him gripping the bat too deeply in his bottom hand – scoring 149 in the 2007 World Cup.
The trouble with using a squash ball is that it is uniform in size, uncomfortable, and coaches and players don’t know where to place it in the hand or glove. And, it is a mistake to think that the problem only exists in the bottom hand.
One baseball coach claims that “a good grip can add fifteen to twenty per cent to bat speed”.
Now this revolutionary TOP SCORE® batting aid makes that possible for a batsman every time he stands at the crease.
A Little History
Champion batsmen made the most of a light finger grip: Kumur Shri Ranjitsinhji (Ranji), the most prolific scorer during cricket’s Golden Age (1890-1914) rifled his fingers on the bat handle like “a violinist on the strings of his instrument”.
Victor Trumper, a master of all strokes, didn’t like anything that “interfered with the instinctive movement of the hands”.
Sir Jack Hobbs, England’s Ashes highest run scorer, held the bat to allow full freedom of the wrists giving him “the widest possible range” of scoring options.
These cricketing legends shared one thing in common with today’s batting juggernauts. They held the bat far more in the fingers of each hand rather than the palms.
A loose finger grip gave them strength for the power shots and control for the defensive and clever shots – including speed of hit - used to turn strike. Fingers tightened up or stayed soft depending upon whether they were attacking or defending.