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Technical
Practice Routines

This page gives suggestions for practice routines which will develop important skills for an improving croquet player. They are aimed at players with a handicap of 12 or below.

Break Practice

1.

4-Ball Break

Standard break with a mobile pivot - attempting to get rushes out of hoops to near pivot, shot-shot next pioneer and get rush on pivot to near current pioneer.
Reference: basic 4-ball break, mobile pivot.

2.

4-Ball Break - Swapping Pivot every Hoop

Rush (or, if things go badly, roll) the reception ball from current hoop to existing pivot obtaining rush on it to behind the next pioneer. Stop it to next-but-one hoop whilst approaching current hoop's pioneer.
Reference: changing pivot in a 4-ball break.

3.

3-Ball Break

Standard - rushes and stop-shots.
Reference: the 3-ball break.

4.

4-Ball Break - Rushing Practice

No pioneers! Place four balls in the centre of the lawn, rush one to next hoop, rush reception ball back to centre and take another ball out to next hoop.

5.

4-Ball Break - Thinking Practice

Start with rush to current hoop and pioneers on next and next-but-one hoop. Play as 3-ball break feeding current reception ball 3-hoops ahead. Requires accurate rushes to be able to approach next hoop's pioneer along its rush line!

6.

3-Ball Break - No Pioneers

No pioneers! Place 3 balls in the centre of the lawn. Rush one to hoop. After hoop rush it back to centre, then rush other ball in the centre to the next hoop...

7.

Rover Peel

Starting with a set 4-ball break on 3-back, peel partner ball through rover as you go to the peg and peg both out.
Reference: peeling.

8.

4-Ball Break - Peeling Practice

Take two balls into every second hoop and peel the hoop in any direction with one of them.
Reference: peeling.

Stroke Practice

1.

Hoop Approaches - 1

Approach hoop 3 from corner 3 with a croquet stroke, run hoop and roquet reception ball. Ideally getting rush to hoop 4. 8 attempts.

2.

Hoop Approaches - 1

Approach hoop 4-back from corner 3 with a croquet stroke, run hoop and roquet reception ball. Ideally getting rush to penultimate. 8 attempts.

3.

Roquet Practice - Short

Set four balls between hoop 4 and south boundary and roquet each from the end of A-baulk. 8 attempts.

4.

Roquet Practice - Short

Set four balls on East boundary between hoop 4 and corner four and roquet each from the end of A-baulk. 8 attempts.

5.

Pegging Out

Peg out four pairs of balls from 2, 3 and 4 paces away from the peg.
Reference: pegging out

6.

Cannons - 1

Approach hoop 3 from corner 3 whilst sending a pioneer to hoop 4.
Reference: special shots, cannons for beginners, cannons.

7.

Cannons - 2

Approach hoop 3 from corner 4 whilst sending a pioneer to hoop 4
Reference: special shots, cannons for beginners, cannons.

Avoid practicing on hoop 1; everyone tends to and it gets unduly worn.

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Updated 28.i.16
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