Equipment Check: MILK Ninja Capped Mallet Review

Mallet head designs are pretty much all headed in the same direction.  You’re seeing +-5” long heads with a diameter around 2.25-2.5”, and a capped end.  Milk hasn’t done anything revolutionary with their new Ninja Cap Head.

What they have done is gone a long way towards perfecting what is already out there.  Measuring 4.9” with a 2.375” diameter, the head is exactly what I’m used to size wise.   However, the 80 gram weight is a good bit less than I’m used to.  The head is made out of UHMW Solid Rod and then CNC’d down to the desired shape similar to the other UHMW capped heads on the market.   The machining is precise, and super clean, both inside and out.  Both the capped end and open end feature a beefed up wall diameter and rounded corners.   This gives the head a really nice look.  The build is super clean all around.

Being that its UMHW, wear is what you’d expect from similar heads on the market.  Slow, even, and predictable.  Milk recommends that you avoid drilling extra holes in the mallet, and I see no need with its stock weight.   The wall thickness at the 3rd lines (between cap and shaft, shaft and open end) is thin, but the ends and middle section are more robust.   It also comes with pre-tapped pilot markers for rotating the head once you wear it down a bit on one side.   You could rotate this head to a total of 3 positions before you’ve used all the pilot markers. (8 if you abandon their mounting system, more on that later).

In my opinion, Milks mounting system perfects what the other companies have been trying.   At the cost of extra machine work, the raised narrow middle section of the head allows the shaft to seat firmly in place without moving, once you file a U shaped notch into it.   This anchors the shaft to the raised midsection, and keeps the shaft from spinning, and also eliminates the need to really crank down on the bolt. (Which on thinner walled heads, can cause the bolt to pull through).

While the sites instructions seem a little vague at first, once you have the pieces in your hand they make more sense, and believe it or not, the spaghetti system is actually great!  After a few first games of pickup, the head managed to work just a hair loose, but after I snugged it back up, it stayed put.

Like I mentioned before, the light weight of this head is noticeable.   I built mine up with a Fixcraft LT shaft, and Easton bat tape.   It’s a wicked light mallet.   Lighter mallet = faster swings, easier chips, and quick ball control, not to mention less stress on your wrists/forearms.   After one night of pick up, I was totally sold on the head.   It scoops like a dream –  way easier than some of my other mallets even when new.  I’ll attribute this to the rounded corners, but I’m not 100% sure.  I can safely say, however, that it picks up the ball without any problem whatsoever.  It shoots like a Panzershreck, too. Shots are predictable, and reliable.   It makes solid contact, and doesn’t give any soft feedback.   It delivers pure power transfer to the ball.

Overall, I’ll sing the praises of the Milk Ninja Cap Mallet.  It’s stupid light.  And it should wear long enough to take you out of the typical Tournament Only light weight mallet category.   It’s also black, which is nice to see after a ton of white UMHW on the market.   My only critique is the price.  After conversion, the mallet retails for $32 and change, plus $12 for shipping (Those are prices to ship to the US, that is).   The shipping seems steep, but doesn’t increase if you order multiple heads, so my advice is to do a small group buy if you’re interested.   Its base price makes it the most expensive head on the market currently, but the amount of thought and quality of machining that went into it make it well worth it, if you can stomach it.

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