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Technical
PART 2
ORDINARY SINGLES PLAY
A. GENERAL LAWS OF PLAY

13. WIRING LIFT

  1. LIFT If the adversary is responsible for the position of a ball of the striker's side which is wired from all other balls and not in contact with another ball, the striker may start his turn:
    1. by playing as the balls lie; or
    2. by lifting the wired ball and playing it from any unoccupied point on either baulk-line.
  2. RESPONSIBILITY FOR POSITION
    1. Subject to Law 13(b)(2), a player becomes responsible for the position of any ball:
      1. that he is deemed to have played; or
      2. that he is deemed to have roqueted; or
      3. that is moved or shaken or becomes a ball in hand as a consequence of his play, including a ball replaced after rectification of an error committed by him under Laws 25 to 28.
    2. A player is not responsible for the position of any ball replaced following:
      1. an interference committed by him under Laws 30 to 32; or
      2. an interference, other than one committed by him, under Law 33; or
      3. an interference under Law 34
      unless he was so responsible before the interference occurred or became so responsible thereafter.
  3. WHEN WIRED A ball ("the relevant ball") is wired from another ball ("the target ball") if:
    1. any part of a hoop, including the jaws, or the peg would impede the direct course of any part of the relevant ball towards any part of the target ball; or
    2. any part of a hoop, excluding the jaws, or the peg would impede the swing of the mallet before its impact with the relevant ball; or
    3. any part of the relevant ball lies within the jaws of a hoop.
  4. IMPEDED SWING In Law 13(c)(2), the swing is impeded if there is any part of an end face of the mallet that the striker used in the turn before the relevant ball was positioned with which he would be unable to strike the centre of the relevant ball in order to drive it freely with his normal swing towards any part of the target ball. However, the swing is not impeded merely because a hoop or the peg interferes with the striker's stance.
  5. TESTING
    1. A player may ask a referee to conduct a wiring test only if he is the striker entitled to claim a lift with the relevant ball before the first stroke of the current turn. He must otherwise rely on an unaided ocular test to determine whether or not one ball is wired from another.
    2. The striker is entitled to the benefit of any doubt in an adjudication of whether one ball is wired from another.
  6. CHANGE OF DECISION

  7. If the striker lifts a ball of his side under Law 13(a)(2):
    1. it is thereby elected as the striker's ball and he may not then play with the other ball of his side. If he does so, Law 26 applies. In addition, he is obliged to take the lift to which he is entitled and he may not then play the lifted ball from where it lay before it was lifted unless it already lay on a baulk-line.
    2. and places it on an unoccupied point on either baulk-line, whether in contact with another ball or not, he remains entitled to play it from any unoccupied point on either baulk-line until he plays a stroke.
Author: The Croquet Association
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