I've been wanting to do this for a long time, especially since the recent explosion of new heads on the market. There's still a few packages in the mail of the newest models (coming from Montreal and Germany) and of course there's a few brands that simply didn't make the cut, but hear you me this will be the most complete (and judgmental) review you've ever seen. No glad-handing here. I've actually purchased every one of these (and more) because i don't wanna be beholden to anyone. It's easy to take a free product and say 'yeah it's pretty cool' but that's not what we're gonna do here.
Of course it'll also be a discussion about where we've been and where we're going. As you can see above we're definitely trending towards single-capped, CNC'd ready to go heads, but it wasn't always that way. All the way back in 2009 (which is like two decades in polo years) there was only one guy making capped mallets and i'm betting even he couldn't predict where we'd be here in 2013...
..so just for fun i'll be including this untouched, early model Lucky head (cue: it's not lucky it's st.cago) that's been sitting on my teammate Evan's shelf since Midwests in 2009. Partially as a benchmark for the newer models and partially cause it's now a piece of history. I'm hoping this review will be useful for not just newbs wondering where to start but even veteran players who don't wanna waste their money. So if there's anything you think i should include or questions you want me to answer, feel free to hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know!