So why doesn’t the sport go to double capped mallets? I mean, it would eliminate some of the hooplah about scoop shots, for one thing, and if I could avoid hearing that argument (for or against) for the rest of my life, I’d be a happy Crusher.
Furthermore, going to double capped mallets would remove a hefty chunk of rules from the rule-set, and that would help streamline the sport, as it were.
Do I think it’s going to happen? No, probably not. We’re creatures of habit, us polo players, and the greats have built up their abilities around a one side capped (or no sides capped) mallet head. The sport would need to relearn the sport, and who has time for that?!
Though I don’t think it’d be the worst thing to happen. Having open ends is a hold over from when we used to steal gas pipe to make our equipment, and because of that we learned to use those open ends to our benefit. When we started making our own (or making caps for those open ends), we learned that having that closed side made for stronger, more predictable shots.
But, we kept that one open side. Oh sure, there are some clubs that experimented with double capped sides, but in the end they were/are the minority. I don’t think it’s because it’s a horrible idea, I think it’s because bike polo doesn’t want to lose that scoopy skill set that it’s gained.
Just give it some thought: what would the benefits be to our sport moving towards having a closed mallet requirement? What are the negatives?
Okay, one negative off the bat would be how to attach the mallet head unless you have a removable cap on one side. Shut up.