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ARC Mallet Head, Month Later Review

ARC Mallet Head (3)

A little while back I got an ARC mallet head by Modifide bike polo, and I was excited/interested by the unique hourglass shape. Modifide–along with fellow Canadian, Northern Standard–has developed and released the first not-just-a-tube shaped mallet head in bike polo (okay, produced by a polo company, sure sure).

When I first reviewed it (linked below) I was impressed with the power off of the shot and with how the hourglass design seemed to make the ball more predictable when receiving a pass. Now that I’ve had it for a month or so, I can speak more on playability and concerns.

Wear

My primary concern after playing with his mallet is the shape  it’s taking. In particular, the way that the outside, striking/scooping surfaces are doing. Take a look at this picture:

ARC Mallet Head (2)See that caving on the top right? That’s got me worried. I think that’s happening because  of the increased pressure on the outside points due to lack of contact with the middle. What I mean is: when I’m posting in goal/trying not to fall over, I’m putting pressure on my mallet. With a tube shape, all of my weight is being distributed across the mallet head (presumably). with this head, it’s all focused on the ends, which might be too much for the material–yes, go ahead and post all of your fat jokes in the comments area, I’m asking for that to happen.

So the scooping end is caving in, but the shooting side seems to be holding up better in terms of shape.

ARC Mallet Head (1)As far as wear on the rest of the head goes, it’s at about the level I’d expect. While I’d like to keep that sharp point on the shooting end, that simply isn’t in the nature of polo mallet heads, and there is certainly some deep rounding happening as you can see. The flat surface of the shooting end seems to be staying relatively flat, however.

That being said, I heard that Kyle (who got one of these as well) had something funny happen with his: the shooting side caved in – like a little cup. looking at the pictures of it, it may not seem that dramatic, but I don’t think having that sort of change to the shooting end is a benefit, necessarily. The picture of his cupping action can be seen below:

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So that’s where I produce my criticism: both sides are reacting to, I figure, increased pressure from the shape. This pressure is causing the ends to fail, and that’s causing the mallet head to lose it’s shape.

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Equipment Check: Modifide ARC Mallet Head

Modifide Arc Mallet (10)

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.

Modifide Arc Mallet (1)Modifide says the ARC weighs in at 93 grams and by golly, I got nearly the exact same weight measurement here in the US of A. I think that’s a first for any mallet head I’ve reviewed.

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.

 

Assembly

Modifide Arc Mallet (6)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.

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