For the past month Iâ€™ve been living in a state of terror. Iâ€™ve grown so used to the St. Cago capped mallet heads weâ€™ve reviewed here, that their temporary absence from the market has made me super aware of how quickly Iâ€™m wearing out the few remaining heads that I have left. (To the point where Iâ€™m switching mallets each game hoping that will extend the life a bit.) About a month ago, there was a glimpse of hope when Fixcraft posted a picture of their raw materials being delivered for their upcoming UHMW capped production heads.
Fixcraft was kind enough to throw a few of these out to the masses at a recent Midwest tourney, and having not attended, I begged and pleaded for my own tester. Fixcraft are great people, and mine arrived in the mail just the other day.
First impressions are this: for a UHMW head, this thing is light. The glory of UHMW is that it lasts an eternity, but the trade off is that itâ€™s usually significantly heavier than abs or pretty much anything else. Capped, it gets even worse. By turning these heads down, inside and out, theyâ€™ve lightened them up considerably. The cap is seamless, and there was much discussion about whether it is fused or if the entire head is turned down from a single piece of Rod, not pipe. Iâ€™m still not sure.
The mallet head also shipped to me with a separate cap. I canâ€™t say for certain whether or not Fixcraft intends to include a cap with the purchase of their mallet heads like they do the rubber top cap and mounting hardware with their shafts, but if itâ€™s cost effective, I think itâ€™s a fantastic idea. The cap is what you would expect; simple, clean, effective. I havenâ€™t mounted it up, but look for a future post about the cap.
Iâ€™ve only used the head for one night, so my initial review is this: Its light. It doesnâ€™t feel much different than the St. Cago heads Iâ€™m used to. I tend to drag my mallet quite a bit during play, so I wear ABS really fast, and already I can visually SEE a difference in the wear. The Fixcraft head has almost zero wear from mallet strikes or from dragging. Contact with the ball feels solid as ever. I donâ€™t have much else to say about it, which is good. Itâ€™s just a capped UHMW head thatâ€™ll last you a good long time.
Fixcraft also made it very clear that this head is a prototype, so changes could happen. This is what is going to become their Tournament Ultralite version. There will two other designs if all goes as planned; one with a beefed up cap for wear, and on similar to the MILK design. Pricing for the Ultralite should be under $25 a head. Not bad. Looking forward to playing with it some more in the near future!