Mallet #2 – Jamie Barber (Brisbane Australia)
If any of you have met Lindsay Shaw (reclusive ex-polo player from Brisbane), you will know he is a perfectionist. 2 days in a forty plus degree warehouse, watching a heavily tattooed autistic redhead slaving over a lathe, when all you want to do is play polo is not the best way to spend a weekend. However, the result was definitely worth it. Since being made it has undergone a facelift, with the head being replaced. However I still love my mallet dearly, it is perfect.
My overseas adventure was about to start and Lindsay had decided that I needed the perfect pair of mallets. He worked as an instrument technician and had access to industrial plastics as well as a lathe and some serious mallet making hardware including a drop-saw and drop press. Pity his warehouse was in the middle of nowhere and seriously under ventilated.
The original heads have since worn down and been replaced, but incorporated one capped side with 2 degrees of angle toward the capped side to reduce wear on the non capped side, seriously drilled out for weight. It was the first I had ever played with a capped head, or a drilled out head. I immediately felt a improvement in my shots and a decrease in mallet hand fatigue. These magic heads were drilled to the 2011 vintage Fixcraft black shafts (in my opinion the best combination of low weight and bend and breakage resistance). I still have the longer of the pair, the other resides with Netje, somewhere in NZ or far north QLD.
Not only do I love my mallet because it traveled with me to worlds and London Open, but because it has also been used to fend off deadly kangaroos at a mental hospital and to scare off potential villains on the midnight train to Ipswich. The mallets took so long to make, they were perfect; noone will ever own one like it. It has since been retired and sleeps next to me. Really, ask my girlfriend.
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