Until now, virtually the only timber accepted for use as polo mallet heads has been Argentinean tipa. Inevitably, a shortage of supply and quality control issues has led to tipa heads becoming prohibitively expensive and rarely are they available in acceptable weights.
We’re pleased to say that over the past year we’ve been using an exciting new alternative which performs exceptionally well. The timber used is sustainably managed and sourced from India. It’s closely related to mango wood and has the perfect density allowing for large diameter heads in a complete range of weights.
The overwhelming success of these heads is due to the has exceptional drive they have .
In four decades of playing polo I’ve never come across a timber with so much power on impact. We’ve used the New Zealand season to thoroughly test them and the feedback has been fantastic:
“The mango heads are sensational!!!!!
JP and I played yesterday at home and the hitting was dramatically improved!
“Once you’ve played with one of these heads, any other timber just feels dead”
After almost a decade of manufacturing the world renowned Laver & Wood cricket bats I’ve come understand what creates a “sweet spot” which makes the difference between hitting a single or a six. That indescribable feeling of sheer power on impact as the ball pings away beyond expectations. That’s what we’re achieving with the new timber. Unfortunately cricket bat willow doesn’t last but the slightly denser mango wood does. It has similar characteristics and benefits from being “knocked in” the same a cricket bat. Dents on the hitting surface are to be expected but once the whole hitting surface has been compressed, the head performs best. Only when the head has been well “knocked in” should you but a layer of protective tape over the hitting surface. Remember with any head its critical to keep moisture from getting to the fibres!
- Weight range 170-220 grams
- Length 9 1/8” – 230 mm
- Centre diameter 45-46-47 mm
- Ends 40-41 mm
- Hole size 15mm
- Pre-threaded heads with 12.mm holes also available for Fibercane mallets
- Hole angle 12.5 degrees
A complete guide to fitting heads to composite shafts can be found at: How to fit heads