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Polo Mallet Cane:

The most important element of making a polo mallet is the mallet cane. Polo mallets are made from Manau, a member of the Rattan family, which mostly grow in the jungles of Southeast Asia.

A rattan plant, in the middle, above the trees

The harvesting of the canes is typically done during the dry months of the year in order to reduce moisture and speed up air seasoning. Following the harvest, the canes are spread out and sorted. Once sorted the canes are shipped to the processing site for curing and selection.

Canes cured in a hot oil bath

At the processing site the canes are cured to prevent the cane from rotting. The 9 to 10 foot canes are cured in a hot oil bath. Usually the mixture of oil is a combination of diesel oil, kerosene, palm oil and coconut oil. After this hot oil bath the canes get their distinct yellow/beige color, and then they are washed in a water and sand mixture.

Canes curing in the sun

The canes are then graded and classified based on diameter of the cane. Typically the smaller diameter canes are used for polo mallets. At the processing site we have our canes hand selected according to our strict specifications.

Polo Mallet “Cigar” Head:

Tipuana Tipu Tree

Another important aspect of the mallet is the “cigar” shaped head. The mallet head is made from Tipa wood, also known as Tipuana Tipu. Tipa, a very durable dense wood, is only found in northern Argentina and parts of Brazil and Paraguay.

After the Tipa tree has been harvested the wood is cut into blocks and stacked in a dry warehouse. The Tipa is then air seasoned for about 3 to 5 years before they are made into mallet heads. It is very important to air season the head for a few years in order to increase the longevity and performance of the head. Each year we import thousands of mallet heads from Argentina. We stock 5 different head models in various weights. Typically the mallet head weight ranges between 160 to 240 grams. The most common head weight is around 200+/- grams.

Selecting a Polo Mallet:

One of the most common questions we get is which is the best polo mallet?

Each year, we repair and make thousands of polo mallets and each customer asks for something different. Moreover, we repair and make mallets for some of the top players and they each have their own specifications and requirements. We have come to the conclusion that the best polo mallet is the one that you feel the most comfortable with when you play.

Our goal is to help each customers determine their favored mallet and we want to ensure that our customers are satisfied with the mallets we produce whether it is custom-made or from our inventory. In order to do that, we like to determine certain aspects about each customer to fully understand which mallet will work for them. If you need help trying to select a mallet please contact us at info@tatosmallets.com or 561-790-6868.