George Wood Fibre Cane "Intermediate Head" Arena Polo Mallets

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Intermediate sized head arena polo mallet

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Polo mallets from George Wood are a life style choice don't be tempted by imitations. You will only be disappointed.

Manufactured in New Zealand. The worlds best polo mallet manufacturer.

Available in different weights from 160g - 205g in 5g increments.

Red Handle (medium) is appropriate for 60% of players Blue (large) 30% (if the handle is too small it will spin in your hand).

The next generation of polo mallets

The unsustainable and dwindling supplies of the worlds manau cane from which traditional polo mallets are made, has only fuelled George Wood's determination to make a superior mallet. The deforestation and enormous wastage of cane in the selection process is just a part of it. The fact is, the majority of cane mallets being made today, are made from substitute species which simply aren't strong enough. The quality of cane mallets is getting noticeably worse each year.

Finally, after 23 years of experimentation, hundreds of thousands of dollars in development costs and 84 models later, we've done it!

Two years ago research and development program led us to try, first hemp and then silk fibers in the construction of the shaft in an effort to make the overall properties of the composite mallet more like a cane. Big mistake! Composites are so much stronger and lighter than organic materials, why make them less efficient? The latest shafts are better than canes in every physical aspect. The Fibercane is now the same mallet and is painted a distinctive cane color.

"The Head"

After perfecting the shaft of the mallet, although George is always trialing new materials to improve on an already fantastic mallet. 

For some time now there has been a demand for a larger head, finally George has been able to locally source Paulowina. This is a light enough material to make the larger heads. Using a larger inflatable ball stands to reason that the head should also be bigger. 

 

PLEASE NOTE THIS ITEM'S PRICE REFLECTS AN EXTRA DELIVERY CHARGE FOR IT'S SIZE.

Arena polo is a variant of polo, and it is played either outdoor on an enclosed all-weather surface or on an indoor arena.[1][2] Hurlingham Polo Association and US Polo Association have established their own rules for arena polo, and these rules are often used also in other countries.

Arena polo is played with three players per team on a regulation size field 300 feet by 150 feet, enclosed by walls of four or more feet in height. The normal game consists of four chukkas/periods of seven and one-half minutes each. Riders change horses at the end of each chukka/period. Many players use two horses, alternating horses each chukka/period.

The arena polo ball is similar to a mini soccer ball, larger than the small hard plastic ball used outdoors. The arena game is played on a varied all weather surface with the ball bouncing on the uneven surface and off the arena wall. Arena polo can be played either indoors or outdoors, days or nights under lights and weather permitting, all year around.

The world’s supplies of "good" quality canes available for polo mallet manufacture are rapidly dwindling. The quality of cane polo mallets has noticeably deteriorated over the past few years. Many mallet makers now use an inferior species of cane which don't have the density of manau cane and therefore they tend to break much more readily. I’ve personally selected enough good quality manau canes from Asia for our own use this year, but future supplies are increasingly uncertain.

Although I understand the reluctance to change over to composite shafts for those who have become accustomed to the inconsistencies of canes, I firmly believe that our latest composite mallets have huge benefits over others. They're incredibly powerful and generally last longer than other types of mallets. Despite rough treatment they retain their shape and they never "wring". Perhaps the greatest attraction is the consistency which is not possible with canes. They have an increased sweet spot, minimal vibration and a revolutionary molded handle for comfort, grip and long life. Not surprising that our sales continue to increase year after year. Like tennis racquets, fishing rods and golf clubs, polo mallets can be much better when made with composite materials.

Although few players prefer a whippy mallet and some extra stiff, I firmly believe that a mallet should be stiff at least in the top half to three quarters of the shaft, with a little bit of flex at the tip. A good mallet should feel like an extension of the arm and not feel too heavy to flex from the wrist. With the predominant use of plastic balls, I believe that few mallets or players require heads weighing more than 205 grams. The overall weight is just as important, composite mallets therefore, can easily use heavier head weights than cane mallets whilst maintaining similar overall weights. Recent discussions with several 10 goal players in UK revealed a distinct trend towards lighter mallets with overall weights of no more than 530 grams.

The most popular length is 52” followed by and 53”. Head weights range from 160 grams up to 205 grams and over. For beginners of medium build I recommend neither extreme, perhaps 185-195 grams balanced on a medium stiff shaft. If you have less than average wrist strength which after all, a large number of players do, there’s no point in going in the field with a mallet that’s too heavy. This is where the advantages of modern technology really come into play. A Fibercane mallet with a light head is by far the lightest option and gives hundreds of players around the world much greater ability than was possible before. If the mallet is too light, shots will become forced rather than timed. Choose a head weight which is not too tiring to use but which can help create the classical pendulum swing. Remember, it’s in the timing, let the mallet do the work!

If using different lengths, I recommend reducing the head weight by at least 5 grams for each extra inch in length to maintain a similar swing weight. For example a 52” with a 195 gram head has a similar swing weight and feel to a 53” with a 190 gram head and a 51” with a 200 gram head.

If the handle’s too small, it’s likely to spin in your hand. A larger handle gives greater control and less strain on the arm. About 60% of players find that the medium size is OK and 30% go for large.

If you don’t know what length mallet is right for you, the best thing to do is get on the horse you’ll be using and sit as if striking the ball with your arm straight down. Use a long stick to measure from the ground to the top of your palm. The measurement in inches will be a pretty good indication as to the most ideal length.

 

George Wood Fibre Cane "Intermediate Head" Arena Polo Mallets

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