Machine Politics vs L'Équipe, August 2010. Photo by Steph Simcox
Max Inner and Outer Mallet Head Dimensions
I would like to start a discussion on the current NAH rules stating that a 2.25" inner diameter or less constitutes a legal mallet head and that the outer diameter can be infinite.
I remember talking to NAH members about this 2 or so years ago when McMaster tubing began popping up in tournaments. Before McMaster heads made an appearance the largest inner diameter that I was aware of was 2", the outer being about 2.375". Everything I heard from NAH reps at the time - again 2 or so years ago and only behind the scenes as I am not and have not been a NAH rep - was that 2" inner diameter would be the max inner diameter, possibly 2.125" as some tubing technically measured as 1/8" over 2 inches.
Some of the heads I measured at pick up these past few weekends were 2.5" outer diameter, ranging between 2" to 2.25" inner diameter. I don't understand why in a sport with maybe the narrowest definition of a "good goal" (all in the name of preserving the skill of the game) is so lax on mallet heads that, in my opinion, have only one true purpose, which is to simplify the game. As far as I know, every kind of ball handling skill that is done with a 2.25" ID can be done with a 2" ID.
These are my thoughts, 2" inner, 2.375" outer. Maybe some share my opinion, maybe no one does. I just felt as though I should bring it up as I begin talking to my regional rep and those NAH reps on the rules committee.
Also, I do not feel that using the current crop of fabricated and marketed mallet heads as a defense is a valid one for keeping the rules as they are.