Fenwick Elliott Mallets
For most of us, the very direct, rigid, feel of our composite shaft
is one of the main reasons why we like them.
some players suffer from tennis elbow, or other conditions causing
tender wrists or arms as a result of vibration. Our standard
graphite shaft delivers much less "whallop" than a traditional
shaft, but does transmit more shock than a thin fishing rod style of
shaft, as fitted to an RPM. And so we used to recommend that
people with exceptional sensitivity should use an RPM shaft.
there was rumbling out on the lawns. There were those who
it all: the benefits of a profiled shaft as well as the comfort of a
Enter the resouceful Po-Wei Liao, whose company
helps us with our manufacturing, and who also has huge experience
other sporting equipment. He suggested using the same
as is now used in composite baseball bats to reduce shock
by changing the direction of the fibres between impact point and
point. So we tried making prototypes, using a softer glass
instead of our usual carbon fibres, and tested them. It works. And
for thje Series 5, we now use these shafts, which are ther best of
The Last Three Hoops
Here is a video of Alix's last three hoops, by kind permission of
was always known for good hoop running and good roquets and stun
when using my old peripherally weighted mallet but I genuinely
that the true swing of my Fenwick Elliott mallet gave me the
that I needed to win a World Championship."
First World Championship
Well done to Alix Verge, who has just won the Women's Golf Croquet
Championship, using her Fenwick Elliott mallet, in Victoria.
This photograph, and the one on our
welcome page, by kind permission of Ken Payne, Mornington VIC.
This is our first world championship. Perfect.
29th November 2009
The Australian Open has just finished here
in Adelaide. Our team was out in force: Robert, Gavin and Wayne
all playing. Wayne made the cut, and did well until being
narrowly beaten 2-1 by a do or die 30 yard roquet
from Miranda Morgan. Gavin did well in the plate: Robert
having been too busy to get in much practice at all, did not. It
to go the Hutt Road (the South Australian Croquet Association's
equivalent of Twickenham) and see that of the 12 players in action
the lawns at that time, half of them were using our mallets. Which
was a lot more than any other marque.
Win in Belgium
Congratulations to John Swabey, for winning the Croquet
Federation of Begium golf croquet tournament at
Bergkoning with his Series 4 mallet at the end of July.
13th August 2009
Perfect Mallets in Japan
It is good to see croquet being enjoyed in
Japan, especially when players are using perfect
mallets. Here are Shinichi Abe and Koji Moriyama with their
recently aquired mallets.
Mallet Head Covers
now have some neoprene mallet head covers for sale; see
1st June 2009
The World Championships
our mallets have been out on the lawns at the World Championships
Florida. We wish all the players well, but especially the
with perfect mallets.
14th May 2009
Brits are trialling a super advanced variation of the rules, which
involved adding an additional lift hoop (4), and additional "super
lift" and banning the superstart opening. The new rules are
will be an early runner - the first Australian invitation event
the new rules starts at Norwood Croquet club on Saturday evening
23rd March 2009.
John Riches and Wayne Davies Croquet Booklets
We are now
excellent croquet booklets by John Riches and Wayne Davies; see booklets
- 12th January
Congratulations to Gavin Bow, our General Manager, for
his appointment as captain of the South Australian Golf Croquet
27th August 2008
Wayne Davies appointed as US Agent
Davies, the former real tennis world champion and now pro at the
Westmoor Club in Nantucket, has been appointed as our agent for
Canada. Some stock is on its way to him, and he will be able to
American customers more promptly, and without any customs
See Wayne explain the rudiments of
the game on video.
24th June 2008
Ian Plummer Comments
Dr Ian Plummer, author of the Oxford
Croquet site, has been testing the Series 4. His comments are on
the What they say page.
The World Championships
Chris Clarke, for winning the World Championship for the second
And also to Michael Wright, who followed up his recent
4th in the recent NZ Opens (see the What
page) with a final 16 performance, using his recently acquired
mallet. Michael's recent scalps thus now include Reg Bamford,
Westerby, Bruce Fleming and Peter Landrebe.
11th February 2008
Oliver Everett, leader of the Eels, has the right sort of attitude
a rock star. He was quoted the other day as saying, “I hate sport
except croquet. That’s a real man’s sport.”
15th January 2008
A New General Manager
are really sorry to say that Bryan Ewart-Searle, who has done a
job as General Manager over the last year or so, has been forced
give up the role in face of the weight of his other commitments.
Thanks, Bryan, for all your hard work.
Bow has agreed to
take over, and has already started taking over the task of keeping
3rd December 2007
or two people have found that the alignment spline has not been
to keep the shaft in line with the head, and maybe have been
with their Allen keys a bit hard! We have started supplying
which you slip over the shank before the head, and that seems to
the problem. Contact us if you would like one.
28th November 2007
A Where On Earth page
We are selling into yet more countries. For a list see a
15th November 2007
A Quotes Page
We thought it might be helpful to include some comments
from people who have been using our mallets, so see the new What
they say page.
you are prepared to share your experience, please email us. We
to be reasonably balanced, but that does not mean, Mrs Trellis,
will automatically include anything you say... It may well be
fate to launch this page on Fireworks
Night, but hey ho.
5th November 2007
Production humming along...
are pleased to say that the production delays which plagued us in
early days seem to be behind us; we have stock and can supply
much anywhere in the world - expect delivery within about a week.
far, we have delivered to Australia, Canada, England, Monaco, New
Zealand, Spain and the USA.
30th October 2007
original end caps we supplied were designed to sit inside the
and maybe the material was a shade brittle, since one or two
found that they cracked. The ones we now supply fit around the
of the shaft, and the material is a bit softer.
If anyone has got one of the cracked old ones, and would
like it replace, please contact us: we will replace it free of
30th October 2007
some FEM baseball caps for sale; see the Accessories
details of these caps, and also some news on where we are going on
15th October 2007
At long last!
We are really pleased to say that, after what seems like
eternity, production is now rolling out. The first consignment
sold out, the second has arrived and is now mostly sold, and
third is on order.
So far the feedback has been pretty much universally
positive, and the early teething problems seem all to be fixed.
Orders may be placed with Gavin Bow; see contacts
All this new production is of the narrower 2¼ inch head,
see the specification.
5th September 2007
A roll grip?
We made the fatal error on our specification
of remarking that no one had ever found the need for a roll grip,
including the fate-inducing remark, "Bring it on Mrs
There is a user who has since remarked on the Nottingham
List that he has put some grip tape around the lower part of the
Well, there you go. One of the many merits of
world is its well-cultured anarchy! We still do not recommend it;
think it is like fitting leather bonnet straps onto a modern
1st September 2007
A production shipment including shafts and 20 heads is
be shipped to Adelaide on 3rd July, with the balance of heads on
July. These initial runs should hopefully be enough to supply all
of you who have been so patiently waiting.
27th June 2007
team said today:
"We have been going
smoothly on the shafts"
and are working on out
urgent request for 5 sets by way of final sample
"We will push the
heads when the new sample is tested to be ok and send those 5 sets
asap. So please hold on."
2nd February 2007
Production is still not quite there.
The prototype Series 4 heads were approved a while ago.
happy that they work as designed, and the early reliability
seem to be well sorted. The shafts likewise work well without
Our heads are certainly rather more complex than
on the market, and the materials used in them are relatively
This means that, in order to produce them at a price that is not
significantly greater than any other mallet, we have gone
production in South East Asia. The facility chosen is based in
with a factory in PRC, and they have been working hard with out
people to fine tune their production methods to match the
This fine tuning includes shifting from a foam core to a
pressure bag system of manufacture that is quicker, more
efficient and more exact (which is good, since it means
weight and chassis weight can be reduced even further) but it
taking longer than expected - much longer than expected - to
the production methodology issues. They say that they are
Meanwhile, the prototypes are still winning
won his ACA Bronze medal with his reworked short-run Series 4
and so will be representing NSW in the next Australian Gold Medal.
Meanwhile, he has kept his hand in by winning the Z knockout at
Australian Open Singles in Sydney, leaving more than one MacRob
in his wake.
Australia, Harley Watts has won the CB Sharpe Gold Medal with his
well-used prototype Series 4, joining the ranks of the successful
competition sextuple players in the process.
has won Masters First Flight singles and also the combined
Flight doubles at the The Seniors & Masters in West Palm Beach,
Robert Fenwick Elliott finished as runner-up in the South
Selectors' Invitation Event with the latest factory prototype
Harley Watts has been continuing to win games at the MacRob,
Series 4 mallets.
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