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Dr Ian Plummer

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Technical
Budget Tournament Croquet Sets

[Choices and prices updated July 2017]

I have been asked what I would buy if I wanted a Tournament Quality croquet set.   None of the boxed sets I have seen so far have entirely satisfactory components, hence I would advise that you buy the components separately.

Some of the individual items are excessively priced in my view and not difficult to either manufacture them yourself or ask a skilled friend  to make them. For example corner pegs – 8 little bits of broom handle for £29?  The peg is £35 for a 1½” cylinder of around 2 foot in length painted white at the bottom (it need not be coloured).  Flags are similarly expensive but readily made.

I would only consider buying cast/welded hoops with solid carrots.  The hoops with “X” cross-section carrots are not adequate in my opinion.

I would buy robust mallets for club members to borrow.  Consequently I would only consider those with carbon fibre or fibreglass shafts.  Wooden shafts get broken!  For personal use ... it’s your choice!

Some items found in boxed croquet sets are plain useless.  The wooden ‘smasher’ mallet for hammering hoops  is simply a waste of time.  A 2-3lb rubber headed mallet can be bought for £4.25 (http://www.toolstation.com), and is ideal. These do not 'smash' the paintwork on the hoops either!   The two-pronged ‘hoop dibber’ is also a waste of time and money.

Best value tournament components

 

 

 

 

 

 

£

 

1

Aldridge Hoops

285.00

set

285.00

1

Sunshiny CA Approved Balls

250.00

set

250.00

2

Pidcock 2000

200.00

each

400.00

1

GW Centre Peg

40.00

each

40.00

 

optional

Uber Clips

18.00

set

18.00

 

 

 

 

Total

983.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tournament equipment used at most UK Clubs

 

 

 

 

 

£

 

1

Aldridge Hoops

285.00

set

285.00

 

1

Dawson International Balls

380.00

set

380.00

 

1

GW Centre Peg

40.00

each

40.00

 

1

Uber Clips

18.00

set

18.00

 

1

Uber Corner flags

35.00

set

35.00

 

1

Yardline pegs

29.00

set

29.00

 

 

 

 

Sub Total

787.00

 

4

Mallets, say

250.00

each

1000.00

Your choice - Pidcock, Percival, Hobbs, trimmer, etc.

 

 

 

TOTAL

1787.00

 

Most of this equipment is standard stock at The Croquet Association Shop, which has very good prices.  Members can get a discount on some items ... hence joining may be a worthwhile step. 

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Updated 24.vii.17
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