For the past month I’ve been living in a state of terror. I’ve grown so used to the St. Cago capped mallet heads we’ve reviewed here, that their temporary absence from the market has made me super aware of how quickly I’m wearing out the few remaining heads that I have left. (To the point where I’m switching mallets each game hoping that will extend the life a bit.) About a month ago, there was a glimpse of hope when Fixcraft posted a picture of their raw materials being delivered for their upcoming UHMW capped production heads.
Fixcraft was kind enough to throw a few of these out to the masses at a recent Midwest tourney, and having not attended, I begged and pleaded for my own tester. Fixcraft are great people, and mine arrived in the mail just the other day.
First impressions are this: for a UHMW head, this thing is light. The glory of UHMW is that it lasts an eternity, but the trade off is that it’s usually significantly heavier than abs or pretty much anything else. Capped, it gets even worse. By turning these heads down, inside and out, they’ve lightened them up considerably. The cap is seamless, and there was much discussion about whether it is fused or if the entire head is turned down from a single piece of Rod, not pipe. I’m still not sure.
The mallet head also shipped to me with a separate cap. I can’t say for certain whether or not Fixcraft intends to include a cap with the purchase of their mallet heads like they do the rubber top cap and mounting hardware with their shafts, but if it’s cost effective, I think it’s a fantastic idea. The cap is what you would expect; simple, clean, effective. I haven’t mounted it up, but look for a future post about the cap.
I’ve only used the head for one night, so my initial review is this: Its light. It doesn’t feel much different than the St. Cago heads I’m used to. I tend to drag my mallet quite a bit during play, so I wear ABS really fast, and already I can visually SEE a difference in the wear. The Fixcraft head has almost zero wear from mallet strikes or from dragging. Contact with the ball feels solid as ever. I don’t have much else to say about it, which is good. It’s just a capped UHMW head that’ll last you a good long time.
Fixcraft also made it very clear that this head is a prototype, so changes could happen. This is what is going to become their Tournament Ultralite version. There will two other designs if all goes as planned; one with a beefed up cap for wear, and on similar to the MILK design. Pricing for the Ultralite should be under $25 a head. Not bad. Looking forward to playing with it some more in the near future!