Renegade Fathead Club
The Fathead (1991) was inspired by similar club shapes used by some early 19th century European and Russian jugglers. The fathead is constructed the same as the 95MM and 105MM clubs. It uses the same maple dowel, handle, knob and shell weight.
The fathead has a slower feel than our other clubs, making it a good club for body tricks, kick-ups, and club passing. Its larger body size gives it high visibility as well as a unique appearance. Some people find that the fathead is a little harder to catch on the big end, (but not a problem after you get used to this club). Many good jugglers started or used this club to train 5 club juggling (Jay Gilligan, Wess Peden). The large body size requires you to have a clean open pattern.
Advanced jugglers can easily handle these clubs in all types of juggling patterns, from five club solo work to nine club passing. The increased width of this club will make them slightly harder to juggle than the 95MM or 85MM in four and five club patterns.
To help you select a Renegade Juggling Club, look at our Juggling Guide and Tips section listed in the bottom footer of the home page. /juggling-guides-tips/how-to-choose-a-juggling-club/
Fathead Club Specifications
20 1/4" Standard Length (51.4 cm)
19 3/4" Custom Length (50.2 cm)
19 1/2" Custom Length (49.5 cm)
19 1/4" Custom Length (48.9 cm)
19" Custom Length (48.3 cm)
3/4 inch (19 mm) soft maple dowel club weight 225- 240 grams
Handle wrap taped 0.20 inch HDPE (5mm) un-taped 0.30 inch (7.6mm) HDPE
Handle tape 0.10 inch (2.5mm) vinyl tape
Knob and Cap rubber
Shell (club body) width 4.25 inch ( 108mm ) Hard body LLDPE Shell colors, white, red, yellow, pink, green, blue, aqua, orange, tangerine, yellow, all color day-glow florescent except white
Club are hand made in Santa Cruz CA, all parts made in USA
Choose a club size: 75MM, 85MM, 95MM, 105MM or Fathead
Most jugglers order the 95MM or 85MM sizes.
The product descriptions go over which club size is best for each use. The
default settings for options is the most common selection.
Pick the colors for club body, decoration and trim tape.ï¿½Trim tape is the tape
that edges the decorations, black or white looks best in most cases,
colored tape with colored decortions often do not look good
together.ï¿½Decorated clubs looks best with white club body. Mixing body
colors with decoration colors usually does not look good, with the
exception of silver decoration colors.
Undecorated clubs are the best for beginners and recreational jugglers as
there are no decorations and less tape to maintain to keep them
looking sharp. Decorated clubs are intended for performers and
jugglers who like the flashy looking clubs.
Select a handle type, taped or un-taped. The taped handle has a softer feel
and is covered with white vinyl tape. Many jugglers like this
handle because of it's feel and look. If the tape gets worn, it may be easily
re-taped by the juggler to look new again. The un-taped handle is
slightly firmer and will last the life of the club without any
maintenance. This handle requires several hours of juggling to break in.
Handle length, is most often ordered long. Expert juggling will select other
sizes depending on their juggling style.
Wood dowel size, for lighter juggling clubs order the 3/4 inch dowel.
Black rubber ends are more durable than white rubber and do not stain
when used on grass. Most people order white rubber for indoor
juggling or performing.
If you want a lighter club order the dowel size in 3/4 diameter.
The club weight is determined by the weight of the dowel.
Each dowel is weighed and matched to make a set of clubs.
Buy selecting lighter wood we change the total weight of the club.
Avoiding Equipment Damage
Drops and Surfaces
Lightweight materials have revolutionized the
art of club juggling, but the clubs do have a limited
life span. The materials used to make clubs will
eventually break or wear-out with use. A juggling
club can only survive a finite number of drops.
If you are juggling on surfaces like cement,
cobblestone, asphalt, or wood flooring, this can be
very hard on your clubs. When the club hits these
hard surfaces, the plastic and wood dowel has to
absorb the impact of the drop. Softer surfaces like
carpet, tumbling mats, or grass (better yet, catching
the club) will absorb more of the impact of the drop
and greatly increase the life of the club.
The higher you throw the clubs in the air or the
more force you put in the drop, (fast spins, or
bouncing the club off the floor) the more stress you
put on the club when it hits the ground. So if you
are going to be practicing new tricks or learning
difficult patterns involving high throws or lots of
drops your clubs will last much longer if you
practice on a soft surface.
In general, when practicing or learning club
juggling it is best to train using a controlled
method. If you are attempting a new trick, progressively
add the number of throws, and finish by
catching all the clubs. So for example if you are
trying to learn a new three-club trick, attempt one
throw, and then finish by catching all the clubs (or
as many as possible). Slowly over several days (or
weeks) increase the number of throws, but always
finishing the trick by catching all of the clubs. If
you cannot finish the trick by catching all the clubs
you need to reduce the number of throws. This will
greatly increase the life span of the club, improve
the time it takes to learn new tricks, and greatly
reduce the number of drops while juggling or
The plastic used in making the body of your
clubs is strongest at room temperature. If your clubs
are very cold, the strength of the plastic is greatly
reduced. Clubs that are very cold or frozen can
crack when dropped. Ice-skating or snow ski juggling
can cause the club bodies to break. It is always
best to let your clubs warm-up if you are taking
them out of a cold car trunk or unheated storage
before using them.
Renegade clubs have ultraviolet light inhibitors,
(sunscreen) in the plastic so they can be used
outdoors. High levels of exposure to ultraviolet light
will cause the colors of the clubs to fade and the
plastic to crack over time so always store your clubs
out of the sun when not in use.
You should not juggle your clubs in swimming
pools, rain or on very wet surfaces. The dowel that
is inside the club will absorb water and make the
club very heavy. Try and avoid any wet surfaces or
storing the clubs in very humid conditions in order
to keep the clubs original weight.
Rough surfaces, gravel, dirt, asphalt, lava, or
cobblestone are very hard on the plastic, decorations
and rubber ends of the club. These surfaces will
make scratches in the plastic and tear the decorations
on the clubs. It is best of avoid juggling on
these types of surfaces if you want you keep you
clubs in a new looking condition.
Cleaning and Repairs
The best way to clean the surface of the club is
with a damp towel. If there is tape residue, grease or
dirt that will not come off with water, use denatured
alcohol or a very mild soap to clean with. Always
take care not to submerse the club in water or get
water inside or the club body or handle.
Club Care and Maintenance
To clean a deeply scratched and dirty surface where the
plastic has been hitting the ground you can clean it
with bathroom scouring powder, although this can
dull the colored plastic bodies. Do not use this to
clean the decorations. You can also pressure wash
the plastic surface, this does the best job of removing
imbedded dirt, but you need to be careful not to
get water inside the club or handle.
Decoration and Handle Tape Repairs
All decorations, Mylar, holograms, trim tape
and handle tape have a limited life span. Drops on
abrasive surfaces, fingernail cuts, and transportation
of your clubs can cause tears or abrasions. Take care
that during transportation that the clubs are not in
contact with other sharp or abrasive objects. Decoration
and trim tape will need to be replaced after a
period of normal use.
If you have a decoration tear, the best shortterm
solution is to cover the tear with clear plastic
tape, (packing tape), to prevent further damage.
Handle tape should be periodically replaced, as
fingernail nicks and adhesive loss with cause the
handle tape to slip out of position. The handle tape
adhesive will become sticky if the club is used in
very hot climate and should be replaced more often
if this is the case. When replacing handle tape
remove any left over adhesive with denatured
alcohol before replacing with new tape. Always start
wrapping the clubs from the knob end, and tape the
handle towards the center of the club. Decoration,
repair parts, trim tape and handle tape can be purchased
though our website.
Rubber Knobs and End Caps
Renegade clubs have all rubber parts glued
onto the clubs without the use of screws. This is to
prevent any injury while juggling. Overtime with
many drops the rubber parts can come loose and
will need to be reglued. The best product to use is
Barge Cement, (contact cement) that can be purchased
at any hardware store, shoe-repair store, or
though our website.
To replace a knob or end cap, paint the cavity
and other surface with cement. Let this dry for five
minuets. Re-coat the dowel or plastic shell with a
small amount of cement and firmly side on the
rubber part. This should then be allowed to dry
overnight. If necessary use vinyl tape to hold the
knob or cap in place while it dries. If the knob is
severely worn or broken though at the end a new
knob maybe needed. You can order new knobs
though our website.
Club Body Cracks
Juggling in cold weather or lots of drops on
hard surfaces the causes of club body cracks. The
club body is made of polyethylene and cannot be
glued. A body crack is not repairable, however, you
can cover the crack with clear packing tape as a
temporary repair. Clubs with broken or cracked
bodies can be sent to Renegade Juggling to change
the plastic body for a repair charge. If the club is in
an otherwise worn condition we recommend purchasing
a replacement rather than replacing the
body as the dowel in the club often has been subject
to lots of drop stresses and may not hold up for
A club with a broken dowel it is not repairable
by the juggler, If the club is less than one year old, or has not had much
use, it can be replaced under the Renegade Juggling for free