I’m Ray Atkins and have been playing croquet since 1986, firstly Association Croquet and then Golf Croquet once it was introduced to Canterbury. The first mallet I played with had a large round head and a stiff shaft which was roughly bound with terry towelling. 

My ability to work with wood, plastic and metals presented an opportunity to make my own mallet. I made the head detachable using a taper fitting and every year or so I made a new one, selling the old one to defray the cost; and it wasn’t long before other players became interested and were asking if I could make one for them. Hence, mallet making is a standard part of my retirement life! 

The Quadway hoops came about after a discussion with Rodger Lane (then the CCA senior referee) about what an unbearable job it is setting hoops to a width that they are not made for. After a few sleepless nights I came up with the design for a Quadway Hoop and these are now selling in NZ and Australia. 

My latest development is a hoop clamp, ball measure and gap setting fixture.

For information about Mallets for Golf or Association Croquet including the Quadway Hoops, please contact
Ray Atkins, atkins.quadway@gmail.com