Choosing the right cricket bat is important for batsmen at all levels and all ages. For instance, there can be problems when a batsman has a bat that is too big for them, because they won't be able to play dexterous shots such as the cut, hook or pull effectively. For a powerfully built individual, a lightweight bat may not allow them to exploit their full power. Size A Size 1 bat will normally be the right choice for the typical four or five-year-old child, but the height of a child should determine what is the best bat for them. For a child who is tall for his or her age, then they will require a bat that is bigger than their contemporaries. Handles are another major consideration. A short handle enables a batsman to have more control, but, for very tall players, a long handled bat may be the better choice. Despite various changes to the manufacture of cricket bats the size specifications have remained unchanged. The longest a bat can be is 38 inches (96.5 centimetres), and the widest a bat can be is 4 inches (10.8 centimetres) at its widest point. Grains Cricket bats are made from willow, and a sign of the quality of a bat can be determined through the number of grains a bat possesses. Six to twelve grains is what you'd expect from a bat that is made out of good willow. This isn't written in stone, however, as some bats of six grains or less can still be excellent bats. But, typically, the more grains a bat has the quicker it will be ready to use. There are five grades for English willow, which begin at Grade 1+ [A], and go down to Grade 4 - G4. Bats made out of Kashmir willow are another option; Less expensive than English willow bats they are a good choice for beginners. Types Of Middle