There aren’t many Specifications about mallets, the most important ones, like weight and size, are completely up to the user. All of the mallets sold on most websites, even the ones for kids, meet the rules.

For beginners, the weight and length of the mallet are the most important things to think about when choosing one.


Most people will want to choose a mallet that weighs between 2 pounds 12 ounces and 3 pounds 4 ounces. If you’re not sure what to do, a 3lb mallet is a safe bet. If you choose a mallet that is especially long (or short), you might want to add (or take away) a little weight, since the head weight is what matters, and you will be adding (or taking away) weight in the handle.

Long shots might be easier with a heavier mallet because the weight helps the mallet swing back and forth, so you can hit harder and straighter with less effort. On a fast lawn, it will be easier to stop shots and make light strokes with a lighter mallet.


There are no hard and fast rules for choosing length, since a player’s style can have a big impact on how long a mallet needs to be. If you can, try to find a mallet that is longer than you are, and then adjust your grip to a height that feels good to you. This tells you how much time you need. If this isn’t possible, a general rule is to measure the distance between the ground and your wrist when your arm is at your side. Just add an inch. But players who use the Solomon grip will usually want a longer mallet (add about 4 inches), while players who use the Irish grip will usually want a shorter length. If you’re not sure, get a mallet with a longer shaft than you need. You can always cut the end off if it’s too long, but you can’t make it longer if it’s too short.

Give the total length of the mallet, from the ground to the tip of the handle, when talking about length (i.e. including the depth of the head).

Head Size

The head of a standard mallet is 9 to 9.5 inches long “, and beginners should start here. Professional players can use head lengths of up to 12 “, because this is thought to make aiming more accurate and make it harder to twist the mallet by accident while playing. But the longer head is harder to use, and people who are just starting out may dig holes in the grass. It’s better to start with a shorter head and make it longer as you get better.

Head with a round or square shape?

The majority of serious players use mallets with square heads. But this isn’t true for everyone, and the differences aren’t that big in real life. The main reason for the square head is that it makes the head narrower, which makes it easier to play shots that are difficult because of obstacles (e.g. when there is a hoop in the way of the swing of your mallet). There may also be times when it’s helpful to be able to stand the mallet up and take a step back to check the alignment. This is only possible with a square-headed mallet, though.

Handle Weight and Flexibility

Most beginners will be fine with a mallet with a wooden shaft, as long as it is made of a good quality wood like Ash, Hickory, or New Zealand Tawa. Players with more experience might try to keep the weight of the handle low so that more of the weight is in the head and the mallet swings better. This is one of the best things about a shaft made of fiber glass, carbon fiber, or aluminum. The type of wood or other material used also affects how flexible the shaft is. This is very much a matter of taste, so you should try out a few different types before making a decision.

End-Faces or Ring Bindings?

The cheaper garden mallets don’t have brass rings or end-face plates on the heads. Instead, the heads are just flat. The occasional use in the garden is fine, but there is no way to keep the wood from splitting. Putting brass rings on either end of the head is the next most common option. This holds the wood together and keeps it from cracking. It also adds a little weight and makes the whole thing look nice. But this isn’t the best solution because it doesn’t stop the wood in the head from wearing down. If the wood wears down to the level of the rings, the rings can get in the way and hurt the balls. The best solution by far is for the mallet head to have end plates on both ends. This protects the wood completely. Most of the time, these are made of a tough plastic like Tufnol.