Wood Mallets Cane Polo Mallet
As the saying goes, “you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear”. The selection of raw materials is critical to the performance of what Wood Mallets firmly believe to be the best cane polo mallets in the world.
"We're dedicated to sourcing only the best materials available. Our stringent selection process rejects over 97% of the canes that are cut from the jungles." states George Wood from Wood Mallets, NZ.
One of the most important stages of manufacturing a cane mallet is seasoning the canes to reduce the moisture content and temper the shaft so that it reaches its optimum tension while retaining its ‘memory’. This is done over a long period of time using a low temperature oven and regular straightening. After cutting to the required lengths the handles are fitted and an epoxy resin binding is applied to the shaft just above where the head is fitted. This is allowed to set before being ground smooth and the traditional cotton tape binding is applied over the top. Although this takes considerable time and expense, it adds tremendous extra strength to the mallets most vulnerable area, almost eliminating ‘wringers’. Just another example of the extra lengths we go to guarantee performance.
The most preferred timber for mallet heads is Argentine Tipa. Each year we purchase some 5,000 blocks/cigars from Argentina prior to manufacture in New Zealand. Heads are made to a cigar pattern in weights of 185 grams and upwards, For head weights of less than 185 grams we can also laminate tipa on the hitting surfaces and use a cross laminated central core which allows for a large diameter, strong head with weights as light as 170 grams. The most popular head weight used is around 195-200 grams.
Every aspect of the mallet may be custom made exactly to the customer's requirements at no extra charge. The handles are available in a range of sizes: small, medium, large, and extra large. Unless specified, the slings are kept at 19 1/2" long. Imported Argentine material is used for the grip.
The art of a mallet maker is to match the tension and weight of each cane to exactly the right weight head to produce the perfect balance that makes the mallet feel like a natural extension of the arm. Having played 38 seasons of polo, I am well aware of this requirement.