I don’t know why everyone likes to talk shit on the Eighth Inch Bicycle Polo Mallet Head. I rather like it.
Let’s start with the facts:
1. It’s heavy. 160 grams capped (Fixcraft Ultralites are 113 grams).
2. It’s nylon like your toothbrush (not UHMW, HDPE, ABS or HPV).
3. It sells for $14.50 (50 cents cheaper than St. Cago and a paycheck less than Fixcraft).
4. It comes with mounting hardware (no more scratching your head at Home Depot).
5. The sides are curved to cup the ball (a potential legal concern for tournament play).
Let’s consider what the haters have to say:
1. I don’t like anything Eighth Inch because their mail-order bikes get more compliments than my custom build and I am awesome and original (I wish I was better at polo).
2. My girlfriend moved out after I cheated on her and now I hate Eighth Inch mallet heads (I wish I was better at polo).
3. I’ve never tried an Eighth Inch mallet head but all the better players say they’re dumb so I agree (I wish I was better at polo).
Let’s listen to the story of my Eighth Inch mallet head:
1. My telepathic sister-in-law gave it to me for Christmas (I sent her a link).
2. The haters told me to hate it so I hid it in my garage and started using a St. Cago (I wish I was better at polo).
3. The St. Cago spun on the shaft and after repeated attempts to tighten it, I accidentally pulled the screw through the head (Never let a man named Horse build your bicycle polo mallet).
4. I pulled a clean Fixcraft LT shaft out of my parts pile and built up the Eighth Inch (Fixcraft makes awesome shafts).
5. It was so heavy that my wrist killed after one night of polo (I wish I was better at polo).
6. I came home and drilled as many holes as possible into the head and cap (Thank God I’m a country boy).
7. It has since been my favorite mallet for two months and counting (I rather like it).
Let’s give praise for the virtues of the Eighth Inch:
1. The cupped sides are awesome. I don’t drag with them, but they are super effective when you need to reach out and pull the ball back in your direction (These should remain legal for tournament play).
2. The sleeve and mounting hardware provide, hands down, the most solid shaft to head connection on the market. I did have to wrap a bit of electrical tape around my shaft to make the tight snug in the collar. Nonetheless, this sturdy construction translates into a head that doesn’t move on the shaft, solid footing for the times you balance on your mallet, and direct energy transfer from your swing to the ball (Don’t overlook this point).
3. A “little” weight doesn’t hurt a mallet. When jousting or stabbing at the ball in an attempt to steal, I like a little mass to back up my efforts. By drilling the Eighth Inch out, I found the right balance between strength and weight (Don’t be a weight weenie).
4. I’m not a plastics expert, but the nylon suits me just fine. It is durable and not at all brittle or slippery (at least during the summer).
Let’s make a few suggestions for the next generation of Eight Inch mallet heads:
1. Fuse the cap. Your competitors do this and it really is nice (Saves weight and hardware).
2. Mill it and drill it. You can use mine as a prototype (Please send me a free sample when you have them done).
3. Keep the collar and hardware configuration. It works (Don’t give up on this).
Let’s share our own experiences with Eight Inch mallet heads:
Please add your comments below.