Module 6

Canberra Croquet Club
Introductory Coaching Notes

Croquet Stroke: Straight Line Strokes


Objectives

In this Module you will learn:

To play this place your striker’s ball and the ball you have roqueted together for a croquet stroke. If you then play a shot so that your mallet swings directly through the centres of the balls they will both travel in a straight line in the same direction, as shown in the figure below.

You can vary how far the striker’s ball and the croqueted ball travel relative to each other by varying your stance and how you strike the ball with your mallet.

Stance

Standing closer to the striker’s ball means you will be hitting down on it; standing further back means you will hit up slightly. In a croquet stroke hitting down means your ball will travel further than if you hit through parallel to the ground. And vice versa for hitting up.

The Drive

The croqueted ball will travel about 3–4 times as far as the striker’s ball.

Stance: Normal
Grip: Normal
Follow through: Normal

The Stop Shot

The croqueted ball will travel at least 5 times as far as the striker’s ball. Ratios of over 10 can be achieved but depend upon the type of mallet used.

Stance: Feet further back than normal
Grip: Hands right at the top of the mallet, and loosen the grip on impact
Follow through: As little as possible, grounding the mallet on impact

Roll

The croqueted ball will travel twice as far as the striker’s ball.

Stance: Slightly closer to the ball than normal
Grip: Lower your bottom hand about 1/3 way down the shaft
Follow through: Normal

Full Roll

The croqueted ball will travel as far as the striker’s ball.

Stance: Feet further forward than for the roll.
Grip: Lower your bottom hand further down the shaft than for the roll, and lower your top hand to grip the mallet properly
Follow through: Normal

Pass Roll

The striker’s ball will travel further than the croqueted ball (obviously they cannot travel in exactly the same line for this to happen!)

Stance: As for a full roll
Grip: Lower than for a full roll
Follow through: Normal

Practice

All the above shots should be practised (ignoring the pass roll for now), becoming familiar with the feel of all lengths (less than a metre to the full length of the court). You will need to practice to find exactly what stance and mallet grip you need to achieve the different rations. Using a lawn with the hoops set out will help you judge your ratios.

From

To (your ball and croqueted ball)

Type

West Boundary Hoops 1 and 4 drive
South Boundary Hoop 5 and North Boundary drive
South Boundary Hoop 1 and North Boundary stop shot
West Boundary Hoops 1 and 5 roll
Hoop 5 Peg and Hoop 6 roll