Over the past few months, Sean from Fixcraft has been teasing me with hints and ambiguous emails about a mounting system he’s been working on (well, actually he just told me he was working on a mounting system. It really wasn’t that ambiguous). Last week I received a package from the good folks at Fixcraft with this little doodler inside :
So let’s just get right to it: if you know anything about me, you know that I am horrible at putting together mallets (just see a little bit of that here), so I was hesitant to build this one up without help. But, wanting to satisfy my own curiosity, I took to the challenge. It went like this:
- remove from packaging
- put cleat on cut-to-fit-cleat pole mount
- Put on pre-cut head.
- put in screw
- Tighten screw
I want to say it took about 4 minutes, with 2 minutes of that time being me trying to not have the cleat fall off the pole when I was pushing the mallet head on (yes, I could have flipped it over and used gravity instead of fighting against it, shut up).
Once I tightened the aluminum screw down the head was solid and didn’t show a bit of movement. I spent the rest of the day carrying it around with me like a child with a new toy, swinging it absent-mindedly at the air and things that I thought would do better if flying through the air.
Fortunately, I didn’t have to wait long to use it. Sunday I traveled down to Richmond to play pickup with a handful of clubs. During the entire day I didn’t find a need to tighten the head even once, and after 5 hours of continuous play the most I can say against the cleat is that the aluminum screw wore some of it’s paint off on one side.
Clearly one day of play isn’t enough to give this the stamp of approval or disapproval, but I can say this: out of all the other mounting systems I’ve used – wood screw included-this one was the easiest to set up, and certainly one that I had to worry about the least.
Fixcraft has noted that the cleat will be available within the next couple of weeks, and unless they are charging 25 bucks for this little hum-dinger, I’d say you should take note when they are up for sale.