Archive for March 25, 2013
One of the newest entries into the mallet head market, the Modifide ARC out of Toronto has quite a number of things going for it, and perhaps 2 or 3 things that aren’t going for it. Let’s discuss, shall we?
Out Of The Box
When this little honey first landed on my doorstep, I was immediately struck by how much work went into it. It’s apparent that this is more than just a tube with a cap on it. It looks like a piece of sports equipment. The tightening diameter heading towards the center intrigued me for two reasons: how would mounting be different, and how would the ball respond.
Looking on the inside, I can see that they’ve included the MILK style middle ridge and some extra material at both the capped side and open side of the mallet, with a lovely bevel to boot. I scraped the side with my nail, and noticed the Canadian UHMW does seem a bit soft compared to some of the other mallets out on the market, but I wouldn’t know what the hell that meant for play until I played – so that’s what I did.
Anyone who reads this blog knows I am not worth a damn when it comes to putting a mallet together. I readily admit this. I am fortunate, however, in having Horse live nearby, and he was more than willing to help me out. He is a big proponent of the Pittsburgh Beech connector system , and that’s what he used for the ARC. We were a bit concerned at first about the curve of the mallet, but it didn’t seem to hinder the attachment at all.
Horse mentioned to me that this attachment system seems to add a little bit of power to the swing (power is transferred directly to the mallet instead of absorbed my the mallet shaft/mounting system), so if I experienced harder shots, it might be in part due to the beech connector. All the same, the mallet felt like it had a great weight when attached (Fixcraft XT shaft), and the shape of the head just makes you want to crush things with it.