The gong is usually struck with special mallets, which have the following characteristics:
Head: hard felt, wood, metal
Wrap: Leather, felt, thick fabric
Shape: disc-shaped, round, diamond-shaped
Head diameter: approx. 6–15 cm
Shaft length: approx. 28–35 cm.
Other mallets are also used, for example timpani and cymbal mallets, drumsticks, triangle beaters, brushes, xylophone, glockenspiel, marimba and vibraphone mallets, and superballs. The hands are sometimes also used.