Buying a Croquet Mallet
This page is intended for newcomers to the game of croquet who may be looking to purchase their own mallet.
The last section is specific to the members of Enfield Croquet Club but other than that I hope it proves useful to anyone looking to purchase their first or even a
new mallet. Generally speaking if a mallet looks beautiful it probably is and will play as such. But if it also really feels right then that's the one for you.
There is a really good article about purchasing mallets on the Croquet Association website.
Also well worth a look and maybe going a bit deeper is:
There are arguments for and against purchasing mallets as soon as you begin playing the game but there are obvious advantages in my opinion. For example if you use our Enfield Club mallets the chances are that because we only have a limited number you may not be able to find one free that is both your preferred weight and size. Also the chances are that if you find one you like you'll be sharing it with others and therefore it may already be in use the next time you visit the lawns. Club mallets are always first come, first served.
Using the same mallet all the time must help the muscle memory and thus accuracy that develops with consistent use. So personally I recommend owning a mallet as soon as you're able on the basis that whatever you purchase you will become familiar and thus comfortable with it and therefore improve your game by virtue of using the same equipment for every match. Others would suggest you wait until you’re totally sure you know exactly what you want because some new players change their grip and stance as they progress. Given that most players retain the same mallet for years no matter what they purchased buying one sooner rather than later seems to be the way to go, but that's just my opinion. At Enfield 4 out of 6 of our lowest handicap players have changed or upgraded their original mallet, but that could just be because the stronger players at our Club play far more croquet than your average player and wear theirs out quicker or feel the need to upgrade more often. Generally speaking a decent mallet will last you for years.
Our current members use a variety of different manufacturers’ mallets and not all members think the most expensive are necessarily the best. The good news is that most of our mallet owners are willing to let you try theirs when it is not in use, so I suggest you trial as many as you are able, if only for a brief time. See foot of page for the who has which mallet guide at Enfield Croquet Club **
Being a minority sport you won't find Croquet Mallets in local sports stores or even any sports stores at all in London that I've ever found. So most of us with our own mallets have either purchased them online after determining what we want by way of size and weight, or have made a trip down to the Croquet Association at Cheltenham where they have some on sale. It’s a long way granted but quite a nice day out in the Cotswolds, maybe you could even organise a trip with other prospective purchasers.
Most mallets are made to order but the Croquet Association hold the George Wood and PFC mallets in stock. This covers a wide range of mallets from wood to carbon fibre and aluminium, and from £150 to just over £400. If you phone the croquet Association they are happy to provide advice and take payment over the phone as well.
Because ours is a minority sport most mallet manufacturers have developed as a cottage industry where the mallets are hand crafted to your own specifications. Unfortunately only four of the nine manufacturers listed below feel the need to have their own dedicated website. So feel free to encourage any you contact that don't have a website to move into the 21st Century sooner rather than later.
Main UK Suppliers:
Dave Trimmer Mallets/Manor House:
Dave Trimmer has taken over Manor House Mallets which were formerly produced by Alan Pidcock. In the recent World Championships in Florida six mallets built by Dave Trimmer made it to the last sixteen - and one of these went on to win the World Title.
David Frost, Des Taylor, Peter Brock (Super Mallet), Andrew Fall
Two of the Manor House mallets had problems with the ends coming loose. There have been no problems with the Trimmer mallets.
Stocked by the Croquet Association
Current Users: Brian Sturt (Plus his short mallet picked up at a car boot sale for a fiver.)
Current User: Brian Sturt (Plus his short mallet picked up at a car boot sale for a fiver.)
Fine traditional mallets but very expensive and no options other than wood
Current users: Frances and Michael Broadway - with the heaviest mallets in the Club weighing in at 3lb. 3oz:
Sue Whiteing, Gill Murfitt, Graham Curtis
Stocked by the Croquet association
Treetop Mallets are an interesting and fairly local newcomer. Jeff Farrington made mallets for several people at Chelmsford and Colchester, who appear to be happy
with them, before developing the business.
The cheapest mallet we can find anywhere that is good enough for Club play can currently be purchased on Ebay but with a choice of 34" or 38" length only. Its called an Uber Championship mallet and costs £60.
Other than this all those not stocked by the Croquet Association or Jaques all mallets are made up to special order.
See the various websites listed above for photographs of the various makes and types of mallets.
Quote: It was the cheapest one on offer (other than the Uber) when I purchased last year (2016). Made of maple and satinwood, it's very well balanced and has a carbon handle which is made to measure. He's also made mallets for Robert Fulford's daughters.