Predator mallet

US $385.00
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The way you think about mallet weight is about to change


Oakley Woods Croquet’s Predator mallet has pushed the envelope of mallet design. This new mallet offers high peripheral weighting and outstanding energy transfer. Don’t be fooled by its lighter weight. This mallet is a game-changer.

An ultra-light graphite shaft allows the effective weight to be placed where it matters most - directly behind the striking face. The carbon fiber tube is completely wrapped in a comfortable and colorful foam grip. This allows the player to utilize every inch of space for ultimate hand positioning from drive shots to pass rolls. The profiled foam grip is black for all but 6" at the bottom, where you have a choice of blue, red or green. There are a couple of highlight color bands of blue, red, black & yellow.

The black walnut head is capped with hybrid striking faces, combining stainless steel & carbon fiber. This is where some very unique magic happens. The combination of stainless steel sub-face and the thin carbon fiber striking face, allows an extremely high percentage of energy transfer to the ball. Players have told us that the ball “pops” off the mallet with very little effort.

Lower overall weight is a luxury you can now have thanks to this advanced design. Swing energy is more efficiently transferred to the ball, achieving higher performance. Stop shots to roll shots are more easily executed with the Predator Mallet. The head size measures 1-3/4" tall X 2-1/2" wide, making it a low profile design with a wide sweet spot. Lengths are available in 10”, 11” & 12”.

Change your game!

PS - This is the preferred mallet of David Maloof, who became the number one ranked player in America in 2016. Congratulations David! Also the mallet of John Richardson, Canada's #1 Golf Croquet player and Matthew Essick, America's youngest member of several national teams.

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Protect your new mallet. Include it with the purchase of your new mallet and get a special sale price. You can also have it personalized with custom embroidery.

Total list price US $430.00
Price for all US $421.00

Tournament vs Recreational mallets
Differentiating types of mallets leaves alot to be desired as far as terminology. Typically, "Tournament mallets" are used with 16 ounce balls. They are capable of standing up to striking a full weight ball without premature failure (shaft breakage or head splitting). "Recreational mallets" are usually lighter weight and have little or no reinforcement on the striking faces. They are meant for backyard (garden) play with balls weighing 12 ounces or less.

  1. Mallet height: There are several factors that will determine the best mallet height. These include the type of grip you use (Irish, Standard or Solomon), your overall height and body proportions (long torso/short legs/long or short arms). A player using the Irish grip will typically use a mallet 2" - 3" shorter than the those using the Standard or Solomon grip. A good starting point would be to try several mallet heights and choose one that doesn't have you bending too much at the waist.
  2. Head length: Unlike golfers who have a bag full of different clubs for each situation they find themselves in, croquet players are limited to one. For this reason, we have to compromise on head length. A long head will give higher peripheral weighting which stabilizes the mallet. A short head allows for a steeper angle of attack, which is necessary to perform an effective stop shot. Somewhere in the middle is the best solution to most of your shots. If you are selecting a lighter mallet, you can still get satisfactory stop shots with a longer head (11" - 12"). However, if the mallet weight is heavier, you'll want to consider a shorter head (9" - 10")
  3. Ash~Aluminum~Graphite: Ranging from least expensive to best performing, you can decide to use any of these handle choices.
    1. Ash is the traditional material used for mallet handles. It's inexpensive, performs well but also weighs the most out of the 3 choices.
    2. Aluminum reduces the weight of the handle by 3 - 4 ounces, thereby lowering the center of gravity and lightening the mallet or allowing for more weight to be placed in the head without compromising the overall mallet weight.
    3. Graphite or Carbon Fiber is the lightest material of the 3, weighing only 7 ounces. To keep the weight as low as possible, our handles are covered with a one-piece lightweight foam grip. In addition to its light weight, another benefit is the ability to alter the flex of the handle by changing the orientation of the fibers in the fabric that it is built from.
  4. Graphite Rigid vs MidFlex: There are equal number of players preferring each flex. In a nutshell,
    1. Rigid handles provides greater feedback to the player on what is happening when they make contact with the ball.
    2. MidFlex handles offer a softer strike on the ball. There is increased cushioning, which is beneficial if the player experiences any joint pain (arthritis, tennis elbow, rotator cuff etc)
US $35.00

Keep your mallet protected between games will our basic mallet cover. Made from the same heavy nylon cordura as our padded cover but without the internal padding.. The navy blue is accented with colorful embroidered croquet logo. It features an adjustable carrying sling. Inside the zippered head section is a clear pocket for keeping your official rulebook. An outside clear window allows for a name tag for plane travel. It is available in two sizes. The 'small' cover fits mallets with heads up to 10". The 'large' cover will accommodate mallet heads up to 12" long.


You can personalize your mallet cover with embroidered text along the carry sling.


OPTIONS:

  • One size fits mallets up to 10" long heads
  • Embroidered text on carry sling

US $45.00

Our padded covers are made from heavy nylon cordura. The navy blue is accented with colorful embroidered croquet logo. It features an adjustable carrying sling. Inside the zippered head section is a clear pocket for keeping your official rulebook. An outside clear window allows for a name tag for plane travel. It is available in two sizes. The 'small' cover fits mallets with heads up to 10". The 'large' cover will accommodate mallet heads up to 12" long. All mallet covers will fit mallets up to 38" tall.



You can personalize your mallet cover with embroidered text along the carry sling.


US $25.00

Some heads are worth protecting. Cover yours with one of these colorful neoprene head wraps. Made from 1/4" thick neoprene and covered with durable & colorful nylon, they take the bumps instead of your head. it's a breeze to slide off or with the velcro closure.

Available in red, blue, lime green, & zebra print.

Sized to fit head lengths from 9" through 12"

Minimum quantity for "Head wrap" is 1.