Woodball is a sport played with a wooden mallet and wooden balls that has lot of similarities to putting in golf. The objective of the sport is very simple, to strike the wooden balls through the gates. Woodball was developed in Taiwan in 1990.
The sport does not have any requirements on surface types, and can be played indoors or outdoors, on grass, sand or asphalt surfaces. The ball used is 9.5cm in diameter and weighs 350 grams. The mallet used is about 90cm long with a bottle shaped head. The gate, consists of three bottle shaped blocks, with the ones at the ends a little longer than the middle.
The sport can be played in singles, doubles, or a team of 4-6 players format. There are two types of competitions conducted for the sport, which are:
- Stroke Competition - Total number of strokes are used to decide the winner
- Fairway Competition - Total number of fairways won is used to decide the winner.
A match is played for 12 or multiples of 12 fairways. A player or team, to complete the total number of fairways with the smallest number of strokes, or win the highest number of fairways, is the winner of the match.
International Woodball Federation (IWbf) is highest governing body of the sport which consist of national teams from 44 countries. IWbf conducts several international woodball tournaments all through the year.
- Beach Woodball — a version of woodball played on sand that involves using a mallet to pass a ball through gates.
- Behcup — similar to putting in golf, though the balls are hit into a small goal and not into a hole.
- Gateball — a team sport played with a wooden mallet and wooden balls. Each player attempts to strike their allocated ball through all the gates and finally strike the goal pole.
- Trugo — players strike a rubber ring, which is called a whell, with a mallet through goalposts.
- Croquet — hit plastic or wooden balls using a mallet through hoops.
- Roque — an American variation of croquet played on a hard, smooth surface.