How-to Videos and Repair Advice
Make it quick’n dirty.
Make it legit style. More tools and time required, but it’s worth it if you like having a darn near perfect mallet in your hand.
For another angle, check out Doug’s photo walk-through
- Mallet gets bent – hit the bent part against something hard, such as a tree trunk or fence post, repeatedly until it straightens out. Do not try to bend the pole back over your knee, as it’s much more likely to break that way. This advice was originally given to me by an alpine ski coach and has consistently worked for me.
- Head gets loose – take it off and wrap some hockey tape around the shaft. It’s best to spiral the tape on so that only one layer of tape has to make it through the hole initially, and the head can then be twisted on further to tighten it up. The idea is to pad the hole so the fit is tight again. Throw the bolt back in and it’ll feel like new.
Wheelcovers. I’ve demolished many unprotected wheels since I started playing. While covers won’t prevent catastrohpic wheel damage as a result of t-boning, they do work wonders in preventing hard shots and mallets from breaking spokes.
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