Academics at the University of Birmingham have good advice for anyone who fancies themselves as the next Andrew Flintoff but doesn't want to spend months on end practising in the cricket nets.
Perfectly striking a cricket ball involves the batsman getting only two things right - speed and timing.
Martin Strangwood, who runs the sports material research group at the university, said that the quality of the bat, and indeed the specific swing, are irrelevant.
In fact, to hit the commentary box at Edgbaston, all you need to do is swing the bat as fast as you can with pin-point precision timing.
Sounds quite easy - until physics comes into the equation.
"It is all about a combination of speed and timing," said Dr Strangwood, whose PhD students have gone on to work for the likes of sports equipment giant Nike.
"If you get a good deal of speed so you hit the ball when you are creating the most kinetic energy, then the ball should come off the bat at the fastest speed.
"However the timing has to be correct. It only works when the two things happen together. Many people just try to swing fast, which does not give the best results."
Dr Strangwood's department analyses how sportsman can transfer as much energy as possible from the cricket bat to the ball.
When the ball is hit, it deforms and loses energy. However, it gains energy from the swing of the bat.
Obviously, a fast bat would produce the most energy. But even the world's greatest batsman need to ensure their timing is right.
During a swing, the bat will accelerate and reaches a maximum speed in the middle of the swing.
"What you have to do is get your maximum speed when you hit the ball. If you are through a stroke too quickly, that means you're slowing down when you hit the ball."
Dr Strangwood, a cricket fan, categorises many of his heroes as either masters of timing or speed.
Former England captain David Gower, for instance, he described as "not a particularly powerful batsman, but he had great timing. He hit the ball slow but got a lot of runs." The lower-order batsmen are not good at timing the shots, but can swing at the ball with pace because most are bowlers who have a lot of upper- body strength, Dr Strangwood said.
Ian Botham, whose heroics gave him the same hero status Flintoff has, is probably the best English example of a good batsman, he said.
"He had the power to smash the ball because he was an all-rounder so had good upper body strength, but he also had timing," said Dr Strangwood.
"Hopefully Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen will follow him," he added, referring to England's brightest hopes with the bat.
So is it worth spending hundreds of pounds on a cricket bat like the one Flintoff used to smash the Australians all around Edgbaston last weekend?
According to Dr Strangwood, it would be better to save your cash and concentrate on that timing.
"If you have the ability the equipment will find you," he said.