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over the moon since I and my mallet have just won my first major GC
'qualifying' tournament in the UK- and thus we are eligible for the UK finals
(the Ascot Cup) in the 2013 UK season.|
The 'soft' handle has helped considerably with my wrists, so that I no longer
experience any discomfort in the joint during, or after, play.
David Crawford 13/09/2012
(For the rest of David's comments,see News page.)
Hello Gavin. I
came to see you at Meadows at the beginning of the year and purchased a mallet
with a very long, more flexible handle.
I have just taken part in the June Week Tournament at
Parkstone in Dorset - my first competitive play. I am over the moon with the happiness I feel
at the transformation of my game.
In 1976 I was 4 1/2 handicap and improving rapidly. Then, having moved to the Scottish Highlands,
I did not play until again until1992.
Since then I have gone ever more convincingly to handicap 20 -
until this week, when I have played three games per day for six days. I used the occasion of changing my mallet to
change my stance and also my grip, to John Solomon's. The result has been something close to miraculous - I
won all my games, my confidence has soared and I am going home with two very
handsome cups and a heap of praise from my fellow club members, together with
the inevitable grumbles about my handicap
- which is about to be cut!!
Let's hear it for Fenwick Elliott.
With much appreciation
6th July 2011
to let you know how thrilled I am with the Fenwick Elliott mallet bag. I
had my first travelling experience with one 2 weeks ago, to play the NZ
Open. I was able to store a good 11 days worth of clothing, plus a mallet
inside - and still had room for more. Not only was the bag distinctive
enough to not get lost by the baggage handlers, but my mallet arrived in one
piece, cradled in lovely padded comfort. What's more, I won the NZ Open
Singles Championship - and I'm sure it's due to my Fenwick Elliott bag!
At least 1/3 of the NZ MacRob team will be travelling with a F-E bag to England
later this year."
Paddy Chapman, New Zealand Open Champion29th
January 2010 (It is fair to say that Paddy's idea of 11 day's worth of
clothing is likely to be pretty modest by most people's standards.
But he does seem to genuinely like the bag)
|I was always known for good hoop running and good roquets and stun
shots when using my old peripherally weighted mallet but I genuinely
believe that the true swing of my Fenwick Elliott mallet gave me the
edge that I needed to win a World Championship.|
Alix Verge, World Women's Golf Croquet Champion14th January 2010
am absolutely delighted with the new head. Two tournaments have tried
it out and I am now nearly adjusted to the different playing style. I
finished 3rd and 2nd in each tournament, losing to only Kevin Beard,
Simon Watkins, Ian Bassett and Rod Kirk. These losses were either by
only one hoop, or two hoops, or in 2 cases I made a good nine but my
opponent hit, then tripled, or made 9 but I missed the leave. I
finished a triple in this weekend tournament- at last! Last weekend I
completed 3 peels but missed at 3 back.
I love having a stopshot!
Breaks are so much easier when most of the croquet shots are drives or
stopshots. It is also easier to load hoop 2 while holding the rush on
the hoop 4 ball for hoop 1 after the 2-4 leave is missed. Everyone is
interested in the mallet...Thank you, thank you for suggesting I try
the new head.
Tricia Devlin, Victorian State Team
2nd June 2008
just received my replacement mallet...the heaviest model, which is
still noticeably lighter than my previous mallet...and I had the
opportunity to compare them side by side yesterday for about an hour or
so. It was a rare chance to give a fair comparison, as I had played
with the old one for a couple of weeks exclusively, then played solely
with the previous mallet for another 2 weeks.
is little doubt to me that, at least for the way I hit, the clear
winner is the Elliott. The lighter one was great, but the heavier one
is even better as I can now do rolls much easier without sacrificing
the roquet at all. This is what I determined
using a pendulum swing from the shoulders, firm wrists on the
back-swing, and striving to follow through flat and low in the line of
the object ball
o Elliott model stays unbelievably straight. The mallet head did not
waver at all, either before or after hitting the ball...which is the
most noticeable thing that I have found (what I am saying here is that
I automatically can keep the mallet head straighter...why I don't
know..perhaps it is also due to a 12" head)
o upon contact, you can slightly "loosen" the left hand...which allows
the mallet to follow through much lower using a Solomon grip. With the
previous mallet this same thing causes disaster, as any slight miss-hit
causes the mallet head to move a lot. Also, this technique usually
makes the right hand dominate too much, causing the ball to go to the
left. Not at all with the Elliott.
• The previous mallet better for long rolls as you would expect...but only significant for the Hogan and 4th corner cannons
• My split shot technique was exactly the same for both mallets. With the lighter Elliott I had to allow for a wider angle
• Stop shot was only slightly better with the Elliott, again as I would have expected
All in all, as long as this mallet stays in one piece, I will be using it!
Wayne Davies, Professional, The Westmoor Club, Nantucket
1st June, 2008
1). Firstly the narrower head looks good - the previous
wide head was different but did not seem to offer any merit unless it was a strength issue.
2). The stylish contouring of the sides of the Series
Four head makes foot sliding awkward, since the contour could allow the mallet
to slip as part of the shoe entered the voids.
Fortunately the new Laws (http://www.oxfordcroquet.com/laws/6th/full/6th-amended.htm,
due to take effect on 15th March 2008 in the UK) will ban foot sliding:
"28. FAULTS DEFINITIONS Subject to Law 28(d), a
fault is committed if, during the striking period, the striker: touches the
head of the mallet with his hand, or slides the mallet along his foot or leg to
3). I think I have mentioned before that I like to put one
knee on the head of the mallet when sighting peels using parallax. This was no
problem on the flat ends of the mallet and the force to the head is not great -
it is just to stop kneeling in the mud!
4). The head does make a clack when striking the ball but
I found after a few strokes I did not notice it. It likely has more effect on the
5). Head quality - the finish is fine, no rattle! I did for a time wonder how parallel and
square the faces were, due to an accident of resting a face on a non-flat
surface and noting a rocking. I have
long been amazed at the capability of the human body to hit a remote ball lying
within a 1/10 degree cone (well, if you are Reg or Robert!) With the
mallets I made, I milled the faces after assembly to ensure that they were
right and square. Using what I have
available I could not detect any deviation in the flatness of the Series 4
material. I was pleased with the
faces. Although there is some ancient
anecdotal evidence of putting water, honey and oil (private communication) on
mallet faces to see if the surface friction had any effect on croquet strokes,
I have direct evidence from my own experience. I had a prototype Pidcock square wooden head
with brass faces and found it
impossible to play pass rolls. With a near identical mallet with
Tufnell/fibreglass face plates - no problem.
I resolved the issue by asking Alan for some fibreglass faces and glued
them to the brass. I regained my pass
roll. I note that the rules say that you
cannot use anything which gives you an advantage over wood - it says nothing
about the converse.
7). The shaft was stiff and gave a light sting to the
hands on hard shots. There was no
noticeable twang as with whippy wooden shafts.
It was comfortable to hold and, after an initial novelty,
the square area at its base was fine for roll shots. I still have to experience holding the bare
shaft when it is wet. The sting could be alleviated by using a foam tape rather
than leather wrap. I am intrigued by
your idea of using an O-ring between the shaft and the head. I can see this
giving a small amount of nodding to the head, but would be surprised if the
effect was major. I do recall other
manufacturers putting a plastic collar between the shaft and the head for the
same reason. The square plastic plug at
the top of my shaft for some reason fractured, 10 o´clock to 6 o´clock, but
responded to a dab of superglue.
8). Head weight.
Recall, I moved from a medium to a heavy head. This certainly suited me on the slow (9 Plummer) lawns at
Surbiton and assisted my hitting-in (my weak point). I need to develop my hard hitting since
currently I am only accurate with light shots and hence suffer on indifferent
and slow terrains. I will also have to
see what stop-shot production is like on a fast lawn with the heavy head. I had no difficulty executing the full range
of croquet strokes and the only complication was knowing how much `pass´ on a
roll to expect.
Well, in summary a fine mallet as evinced by me
completing a triple in my first practice of the year - being watched by some
higher handicap players. They probably
thought that four attempts at getting the penult peel was normal!
Dr. Ian Plummer, Balliol College, Oxford University, author of the Oxford Croquet site
8th March 2008
Thanks for the O-rings
you sent me a couple of weeks ago. They certainly did the trick! No
more mallet head rotation while I play.
Malliot performed perfectly during the NZ Open, chalking up wins over
Reg Bamford and Aaron Westerby. I stumbled at the last fence (Robert
Fulford) but managed 4th overall for my first Malliot-equipped opens.
23rd January 2008
Robert started making mallets I have been testing them for him and have
found that the newest model is the best one so far, hopefully he will
develop them more until he comes up with a mallet that you just can't
I have found that with my mallet, I need
less effort to hit your ball the length of the court, and I generally
hit a bit straighter when I don’t quite middle the ball.
haven’t been many shots that I have played where there is jarring,
mostly when I miss hit the ball, which can be a problem for other
mallets with rigid shafts.
After using my RFE mallet for the last 2-3 years, I can't see myself ever using any of my old mallets again.
Harley Watts, Australian MacRobertson Shield Player
28th November 2007
Fenwick Elliott is certainly the best mallet I've ever used. I credit
my new Fenwick Elliott mallet with helping me recently win a quite
significant tournament and lower my handicap. I recommend them to
players at all levels, because mine has certainly helped improve my
results. In fact I recommend them even to the beginners I coach as it's
a false economy to start with a cheap but inferior mallet. Established
players should at least try one; I found mine improved my game
Bill Lawson, SACA-accredited Coach, Norwood Croquet Club, Australia
28th November 2007
"I am very excited to have one of your mallets as a part of our club. Just great news....
I personally believe that your series 4 is an excellent mallet for the taller players."
Doug Moore, President New York Croquet Club
13th November 2007 (we are donating one of our mallets to the NYCC pool of mallets for new players to try)
"I just purchased two Fenwick Elliott Series 4 mallets: one heavy, and one light.
"I play in Hawaii, rather than England; but I found that the Series 4
head is so efficient, that the light Series 4 mallet takes less effort
than my Alan Pidcock 2001 mallet.
"The efficiency also results in almost no impact being transmitted back
up the handle. Its hard for me to even feel when the head impacts the
"I would not worry about the Series 4 mallet being too light. In fact, I would recommend the lightest model."
Leo Nikora; Maui Croquiet Club, Hawaii
31st August 2007, posted on the Nottingham List