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Intermediate Coaching Notes

Section 12. Wiring

12.1. The crucial thing about designing a wiring is to ensure that you can take off to your escape ball perpendicular to the direction of the wiring (figure 12.1). This means that even if on your take-off to the escape ball the croqueted ball should move, it will move along the direction of the wiring.

cross pegging
Figure 12.1. Cross Pegging. The take-off is in a direction to maintain the wiring

12.2. The direction of the wire can be arranged to your advantage. Take the case of the leave after the first break in an advanced game. Your backward ball is for hoop 1. If you decide to cross wire your opponent either side of the peg, it is much better to arrange the wiring on a line lying from hoops 2 to 4 rather than 1 to 3. If you adopt the latter the opponent can move the ball nearest hoop 1 leaving the peg blocking a rush on their remaining ball towards hoop 1.

12.3. Another instance of where a change in the wiring direction makes the play easier is in the sextuple leave! The opponent's balls are cross-wired at hoop 1 as you take off to your pioneer at hoop six. If you cross wire so that the wiring direction runs from North-West to South-East, then you have an easy take-off to your pioneer at hoop six which is perpendicular to the wiring direction. If you adopt the converse direction then the take-off will jeopardise the wiring.

sextuple leaves
Figure 16. For the curious A. a sextuple leave. The striker's balls are at 'a' or 'b'. B. an octuple leave.

(other leaves are discussed here)

12.4. You should be cautious of one manoeuvre however. If the wired balls are separated by 6-10 ft. then it is possible to try a jump shot over the wiring obstacle to achieve a roquet. Although this is an unpredictable shot, it may be the only serious option that you leave your opponent.

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