Not sure if I missed all this long talking about banning hooking, or not…
But I’m still 100% against, even if it’s really useful in my game.
Indeed, it’s the same as Obstruction and should be covered by the rule.
We are afraid about reffing, but IMO the main problem about reffing is the time we spend learning, reading, and teaching the rules.
Coincidental contact (put the mallet on a way of a shot motion) or mallet head to head contact should be aloud while going for the ball, but mallet contact to imped the opponent movement, should be considered as obstruction and banned.
It’s a huge advantage for the defense that already have a to big advantage in the game, and it slows down the game.
And it’s not gonna be that hard to ref.
The “not easy to ref situations” about obstruction have nothing to do with the obstructions (that were allowed) back in the days.
What we don’t won’t to see anymore is the defense holding the offense mallet and the game being weirdly blocked by this. And if it’s not allowed ppl will just stop to do it, it’s not gonna be hard to ref.
And same as shaft to shaft contact, if you are supposed to go for a ball and only hit the shaft (not even the head), you lost the control of your mallet. (Might also avoid a few legs hit.)
We have to try it.