Croquet Balls

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					The professional game of croquet allows each player to move two separate croquet
balls over the course. However, most commercially available and recreational forms
of the game offers each player only one ball.

Wooden croquet balls

Wooden croquet balls roll smoothly and easily. The lighter the wood, the further it
carries and therefore the more superior the ball. The modern championship ball is
usually 3-5/8" in diameter and weighs exactly 16oz. Croquet balls can be made from a
variety of wood. Naturally harder wood is preferred due to the fact that it does not
split easily.

The best wood to make a croquet ball is one that is both light and hard. This is easier
said than done. Hard wood such as oak, ash, elm or beech is of better quality but they
tend to become too heavy. Willow is a lovely light wood but it tends to split very
easily and therefore the balls may need to be replaced often.

Though sycamore provides the correct combination and is the heart wood of an old
tree and not the sap wood of a young tree, it may get dented especially when played
by a stronger player. Chestnut wood is fairly similar to that of sycamore and is
therefore suitable for making wooden croquet balls. These two kinds of wood are
internationally considered as the best materials available for making wooden croquet
balls However, it must be noted that plastic is the preferred material when it comes to
croquet balls since it is light and it does not chip.

Vintage croquet balls

Due to the long history of the game, vintage croquet balls are considered a prize
possession. They are collected by enthusiasts all over the world and sold for very high
prices at antique auctions and on the Internet. Vintage croquet balls are likely to be of
superior quality to modern ones and are seriously hardened to play. Often they are
found to have a metal mesh on the outside to protect the wood from chipping.

				
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