This smaller set is ideal for smaller gardens, adult beginners and children. The 4 hardwood mallets have smaller sized heads. The set contains everything you need to enjoy the game in full.
The object of croquet is to put your balls through the hoops in a particular order and then hit the centre peg with them before your opponent does so with his balls. The winner scores 26 points (one for each ball through its course of hoops and one for hitting it on to the centre peg). The loser scores anything from 0 to 25.
One player has the red and yellow balls and the other the blue and black.
The players take it in turns to play, as in snooker, with the "outplayer" sitting on the sidelines waiting for the opponent to finish, either by making a mistake or by playing a safety shot.
At the start of a turn a player may play whichever of his two balls he likes. A turn consists basically of one shot, but just as in snooker, a player can earn extra shots. In snooker there is only one way to do this (by potting a ball of the right colour) but in croquet there are two quite different ways of earning extra strokes: by hitting your ball through its hoop or by making your ball hit one of the others—a roquet.
Roquets and Croquets
A roquet is made when a player makes his ball hit one of the others. He earns two extra strokes by making a roquet: a croquet and a continuation shot.
When he has made a roquet the player picks up the ball he’s been playing (let’s say red) and puts it down in contact with the ball he has roqueted (let’s say blue) wherever it has come to rest. He follows this with a croquet stroke in which he again hits red with his mallet, moving both red and blue.
He then takes one further shot called a continuation stroke, in which he may either run his hoop or else make another roquet. However a player cannot go like this forever, because he is not allowed to roquet the same ball again until either he has run his hoop or his opponent has had a turn
|Ball Size||320g/11.5oz (min) 12oz avg Croquet Balls|
|Mallets||4 x Hardwood 78.5cm Long|
Garden Games began in 1997 when Stuart Cardy made the first Hi-Tower for his twins' first birthday party. Stuart invented this first truly Giant Tower game to keep his guests entertained at a family barbecue and from that very first step Garden Games Limited was born, and will always remain exactly one year younger than his twins.
The motivation behind our first product was to produce garden entertainment, not just for children but adults too, and that has remained the driving force behind the company. We also offer a range of sandpits, play equipment and Action Climbing frames that are all about the younger members of the family.
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