Our mallets have evolved from several years sourcing the best possible materials and trialing different concepts and configurations.
Evolution Croquet Mallet Heads
Single Block Head
The Evolution Mallet
The Laminated head.
Milled stainless steel end plates provide peripheral weighting to an attractive Indian Sheesham wood and Sycamore head now available in two different configurations. The traditional measurement is 55 mm wide by 60 mm high.
The 55 mm narrow head
The latest version is the wide head which is 60 mm wide by 55 mm high.
The main concept of the laminated head is to reduce the weight of the wooden section so that we can use thicker metal end plates, thus maximizing the effect of peripheral weighting. It also increases the stability of the head by having the heavier wood on the sides. For longer or lighter heads we use a wider central core.
The standard head length is 10” in length but custom lengths are made to order at no extra charge.
The wide head option was inspired by US # 1 Women’s GC player Cheryl Bromley.
This lowers the centre of gravity and further increases head stability.
These are superbly balanced mallets that provide the player with more power and yet maintain better control.
By re-distributing some of the mass close to the striking faces, the moment of inertia is increased. This makes the head more stable during the swing, particularly for making accurate rushes, long roquets, and hitting-in. Also such a mallet turns less when shots are hit off-centre.
We only use imported hardwoods which are certified as being sourced from sustainably managed forests. The timber is air dried in block form for over two years. The white central core is made from the sapwood of poplar or sycamore and this has an inlaid dark sighting line. The main concept of the laminated head is to reduce the weight of the wooden section so that we can use thicker metal end plates, thus maximizing the effect of peripheral weighting. It also increases the stability of the head by having the heavier wood on the sides. For longer or lighter heads we use a wider central core.
Evolution Mallet Handles
The virtually indestructible 17 mm diameter carbon and fiberglass shaft is foam filled to
minimize vibrations and they weigh an average of just over 10 ounces.
EVA is a closed cell foam grip material being waterproof, comfortable and light. Available in blue, light navy or tan. Our latest most popular handle configuration is an octagonal blue top section with a turned tan roll grip as above.
The EVA is specifically made in a 35 mm tubular form of relatively firm hardness and is then shaped by hand. The standard is a traditional octagonal shape measuring 31 mm x 27 mm but this can be customized to suit the player. Another popular shape is the 35 mm round handle with flat sides as pictured these are a slightly larger diameter with a circumference of 107 mm.
All mallets are supplied with medium stiff shafts although we can use a more flexible lively shaft if preferred. Unless specifically requested, the EVA comes to within 100 mm of the head, however, we can adjust this length as required. Handles can be supplied in any lengths up to 42″.
All handles have an 8 coloured band showing the order of play.
To personalize the mallet, initials or short names may be hot foil printed in gold on the blank side of the mallet head at no extra charge. Please note that we can only print in capitals at 36 pts as shown above. 6 letters is the maximum.
Alternatively, if you prefer, we can print in gold on a 12 or 18 mm black label. The advantage of a label is that there’s a variety of sizes and fonts and it’s removable if circumstances change.
Adjustable two piece handles
A revolutionary two piece handle with a telescoping shaft allowing the user to adjust the height by up to 4″, twist the handle orientation 360 degrees, or take the top octagonal section of the handle off for travelling. The lower 17 mm shaft measures 19.5″. The down side of this is the handle is heavier than a single piece.
The length adjustment can be made up to 2″ up, or two inches down simply by using the alan key provided. When ordering, stipulate the middle length required.
Handles are available with aluminium fittings so that heads may be removed for travelling or switched for different specifications. Add NZ$70.00. This can be a useful option if the player wishes to switch heads or handles with other manufacturers components but the additional weight of the aluminium fittings is rather counter productive to the peripheral weighting.