Equipment

The Jaques London Championship Set
The Jaques London Championship Set

Yes, croquet equipment ends up being like golf — it start running into real money. This set is the high-end company, English. Called Jaques. This set is a basic, and it’s $2,200 (American) on Amazon.com Yes, croquet equipment ends up being like golf — it starts running into real money.

Fortunately, there is a mid-level where you can do fine for $100 off eBay or Craiglist or a couple hundred for new.

Frankly, between you and me and the center stake, go to Target or Wal-Mart — probably online — and be done with it for under $100. The trick here – and it is very very important — is get the biggest sturdiest mallets and wickets. Clue: The mallet handle length should be close to 36 inches.

The Franklin Sports Expert Croquet Set, available online and often at Walmart, has full size mallets.
The Franklin Sports Expert Croquet Set, available online and often at Walmart, has full size mallets. Good looking, too.

You go and buy the children’s set for $18.68 at Walmart, and you’ll hurt your back. And the lightweight balls won’t sail, they’ll flop around. Its mallets will be under 30 inches long. I have my basic adult set from 1986. New croquet is two or four people, and these have six mallets for the backyard 9-wicket game. Which is good because two mallets did crack over the years.

The best mallets are hundreds to the low thousands. Just look at it and drool. The best mallets are hundreds to the low thousands. Just look at it and drool. The best mallets are hundreds to the low thousands of dollars. Just look at it and drool.

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