Product: New Balance TC 660
Cheapest Place to Buy: Amazon.co.uk
Grade: Grade 3 English Willow
Weight: 1200 grams – 1275 grams (light – medium)
Handle Spec/Shape: 6 Piece Singapore Cane/oval
Profile/Shape: Low to middle swell with large edges and a large sweet spot
My Rating: 4.5/5
New Balance TC 660 Product Review
As the season draws to a close, you may be considering the bat you have been using. It’s never the wrong time to look up and consider something new to improve your game. If you’re looking for a new piece of willow for next season, then you might want to take a peep at the New Balance TC 660, which I have been trying out and practising with.
This bat is made from premium quality grade 3 English Willow with a glass fibre sheet on the face to prevent scratching. This a full-size short handle bat for men, with a light to medium weight of 1200 grams – 1275 grams. The blade has straight grains and the handle has an oval profile made out of premium imported Singapore cane, which is supposed to provide superior dynamism, durability and dexterity. This, of course, is down to the style of the batsman. If you come out swinging and like to play shots from the get-go, then this may not be the bat for you. If, however, you like to play with diligence, patience and technically good defensive stuff, this could be something you want to look at. Occupying the crease combined with intelligently timed stroke play is what this piece of wood is all about.
Specially Designed, Highly Endorsed and Used by Top Professionals
The New Balance TC 660 is the bat used by England test cricket captain Joe Root. Root is one of the best players in the world so this comes as an excellent endorsement.
The bat is specially designed for intelligent, well-balanced players who have a combination of finesse and power in their game. But you don’t have to be the world’s number 4 player to wield it. When I tried it, the pickup felt good and wieldy, light enough to play a deft shot and with the right weight to play some defensive stuff, although if you are a lower order player, a bowler or not really a specialist batsman, I wouldn’t recommend this. This bat is for top and middle order players who specialise in batting. Of course, the pickup is different for everybody and comes down to the individual batsman’s preference. Personally, I prefer a heavier bat. Something I can use to block, because I play a lot of forward and backward defensives, so I’d really recommend this bat for a seasoned or budding stroke player.
This bat has a large profile with the sweet spot positioned in the low middle, which did not really work for me as a lower order batsman. It has large edges too and I found it tough to steer the ball through the leg side without taking a leading edge. It’s a good bat but not really for an all-rounder or tailender in my opinion. The profile and rounded face emphasise stroke play. Still, even if you are a lower order player, take a look, as it might fit your style if you’re a bit of a touch batsman. It is definitely an advantageous piece of kit for a top order batsman.
Advantage in Reaching Early Peak Performance
One of the advantages of this bat is that it is handmade, which means that the bat is well prepared and doesn’t take long to reach peak performance in match play, although it might lessen the longevity of the bat. This is something to consider if you’re on a budget. At £150, this is not the cheapest bat, but still excellent value for money in view of the fact that some inferior bats are priced more highly.
I addition, the bat has a red and white wave style handle grip, red and white brand stickers and a red toe guard. A padded bat cover comes in the box with it.
This is Definitely a High-Quality Bat for Batters
So there it is. After having some practice with this bat I am not surprised that it is the pick of high calibre top-order players like Joe Root. It has the profile, weight and pickup required for powerful stroke play, deft touch batting and the poise for occupying the crease and staying in for the long haul. I would not necessarily recommend this bat for lower order players or tailenders unless the pickup feels right and your style of play is conducive to using this type of bat. All in all, I would say, if you are a specialist batsman, playing as an opener or in the top 5, then certainly this could be the new chunk of willow you have been looking for. If this sounds good to you, I highly recommend you buy one from amazon.co.uk. There are also some good deals over at worldcricketstore.com, although I did not specifically find this exact bat. I hope you enjoyed this review. If you have any questions or would like to contribute to the review, leave a comment below.
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