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Thursday
Jan172008

Resolutions for a New Croquet Year

Okay, so it's 18 days late, but here's a list of ideas for all you malletheads that is sure to enhance your 2008 croquet season:

1) Play in one event outside of your normal circle. If you normally play in a family game, find the nearest club and get in a game. The USCA site has a listing of clubs. If you normally play with a club, try hooking up with another club. Again, check the USCA website for clubs near you. If you normally play in the backyard by yourself, get a game going.

2) Join the USCA Nine wicket association. The provide a great service for croquet player and plus you get a magazine. If you're a nine-wicket member ($15), upgrade to full membership ($60) to recieve all three issues.

3) Go ahead upgrade to that tournament level mallet -- you won't regret it.

4) Try out a new game. One-ball players should try a team game or maybe golf croquet. Six-wicket pros should play a backyard game.

5) Check in with the Croquet Network blog every day.

6) Teach one person to play the game.

7) If you aren't already, organize a tournament or just volunteer to help out with one.

8) Add your club or croquet link to the Croquet Network Links page.

9) Support this site with a purchase from our Croquet Network Official Store at CafePress.com.

Saturday
Jan122008

A Family Game of Croquet

Thursday
Jan102008

Product Review: Croquet Store Brighton Mallet

Price: $110 (with aluminum shaft and grip)
Website: www.croquetstore.com (oakley woods)
Phone: 866-364-8895
Other: Rounded or square heads available (tested with round head)

For the casual player this is a great mallet that will get you through the social backyard game or allow you to play in some competitive tournaments. The Croquet Store/Oakley Woods taper-lock system gives the mallet a solid, one-piece feel. For backyard play (longer grass) the rounded head is nice because it is less likely to catch on un-even terrain. Of course, if you are a backyard player, $110 may seem a little excessive. You could easily go with an ash shaft and skip the grip to bring the price down to an affordable $65. The Croquet Store is based in Canada, so the shipping is a little more expensive, but the website ordering is fairly straight-forward. I generally order from this vendor once a year and they are good about shipping out in a timely fashion.

Another note for the casual player. If you are still using the “golf swing” for croquet , there are two things you should know. One, stop it. Two, the Brighton may be too heavy for you to stay consistent on your “Tiger Woods” swing. If you are dedicated to the golf swing, you should probably look into the Extreme Mallet (to be reviewed next week).

Recommendation: If you are playing in more than event per season, this is a great first “real” mallet.
Thursday
Jan102008

Product Review: Croquet Store Brighton Mallet

Price: $110 (with aluminum shaft and grip)
Website: www.croquetstore.com (oakley woods)
Phone: 866-364-8895
Other: Rounded or square heads available (tested with round head)

For the casual player this is a great mallet that will get you through the social backyard game or allow you to play in some competitive tournaments. The Croquet Store/Oakley Woods taper-lock system gives the mallet a solid, one-piece feel. For backyard play (longer grass) the rounded head is nice because it is less likely to catch on un-even terrain. Of course, if you are a backyard player, $110 may seem a little excessive. You could easily go with an ash shaft and skip the grip to bring the price down to an affordable $65. The Croquet Store is based in Canada, so the shipping is a little more expensive, but the website ordering is fairly straight-forward. I generally order from this vendor once a year and they are good about shipping out in a timely fashion.

Another note for the casual player. If you are still using the “golf swing” for croquet , there are two things you should know. One, stop it. Two, the Brighton may be too heavy for you to stay consistent on your “Tiger Woods” swing. If you are dedicated to the golf swing, you should probably look into the Extreme Mallet (to be reviewed next week).

Recommendation: If you are playing in more than event per season, this is a great first “real” mallet.

Friday
Jan042008

Top Egyptians Video

My current favorite croquet video.

Wednesday
Jan022008

Fall Update -- Midwest

We'll kick this blog off with an update on Missouri Croquet Association action from the Fall. Here's the rundown:

Oct 6 -- Missouri Veterans Home Benefit Tourney
Flight A: Billy Bob BreedenFlight B: Gary Harlan($823 raised for Missouri Veterans Home)

Sept 21 -- Lee's Summit Open
Championship Flight: Billy Bob Breeden
"B" Flight: Dennis Langley

Sept 15 -- Midwest Open Warrensburg, Mo.
Championship Flight: Troy White
B Flight: Jeff Hathsoll

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