BENT SHAFT HANDLES
Bent shafts or ergonomic are shaped shafts relax the natural hyper-extension of your wrists when holding a traditional straight handle. They are very popular especially with players using an Irish grip. When the palms of both hands face forward, the wrists don't naturally want to bend backward for the back swing. By adding a single bend to our graphite handles, the hyper-extension is eliminated and allows for a bigger back swing. You can choose this option for both rigid or midflex handles.
Single bend shafts are suited for players using the Irish grip (palms of both hands facing away from the player) and the Solomon grip (knuckles of both hands facing away from the player).
Double bend shafts are designed for players using the Standard grip. That grip has the player's palm facing forward on the bottom hand, knuckles facing forward on the top hand.
To properly locate the bend(s) one key measurement is required. That being the measurement from the ground to the bottom of your bottom hand.
Oakley Woods Croquet’s Predator mallet has pushed the envelope of mallet design. This 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 brass & 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”.
PS - This is the preferred mallet of David Maloof, who became the number one ranked player in America in 2016 and continues to rank in the top 5 players. Also the mallet of John Richardson, Canada's #1 Golf Croquet player and Matthew Essick, America's youngest member of several national teams and finalist in the Word AC Championships in 2020.
This winning combination of the strong, ergonomic shaft with a peripherally weighted head offers the right balance and puts more controlled power into your shots.