This section provides some useful links on golf croquet skills and techniques. We are grateful to David Crawford for drawing our attention to the golf croquet pages he created while he was at midSuffolk Croquet Club at Thurston near Bury St Edmunds and to some videos of golf croquet in action.
We would be pleased to add further links if members or other players would like to recommend them.
Rules of Golf Croquet, 5th Edition
Revised Rules of Golf Croquet, 5th Edition, come into effect on 1 March 2019. The rules have been re-ordered and clarified but the good news is that there are no significant changes to how the game is played. One practical change is that the court boundary is now the same as for association croquet so a ball leaves the court when it crosses the inside edge of the boundary line. The World Croquet Federation web site has a downloadable copy of the 5th Edition and an explanatory guide to the principal changes . There is also a fairly comprehensive article in the December 2018 issue of the Croquet Gazette as well as links at the Croquet Association web site .
Simplified guide to common errors and faults
Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club has compiled a convenient and useful simplified guide to common errors and faults and the corrective action required.
Golf Croquet Coaching Manual
The Croquet Association has produced a Golf Croquet Coaching Manual which includes syllabuses for a four week beginners’ course and a four week improvers’ course. A copy in pdf format is available for Croquet Association members under Golf Croquet Coaching at the Croquet Association website and a copy restricted to Chester Croquet Club members can be viewed in the Members Only Area.
The manual is written for coaches rather than players wanting to learn and improve but players may find it useful to look through to understand the range of skills and techniques applicable to golf croquet.
Links to midSuffolk golf croquet pages
|Session 1||Hitting the ball including some links to demonstrations|
|Session 2||Basic shots including the drive, stop shot, top spin and jump shot|
|Session 3||Hoop running and game strategy, angles, risk/reward, safe distance, magic circle/triangle, territory, clean and faulty shots|
|Session 4||Sequence of play|
|Session 5||Fun play with a purpose|
|Indoor homework||Shooting practice at home|
|The golf croquet lawn||More on the sequence of play and a downloadable chart|
|Extra turns in golf croquet||What are extra turns? When to take extra turns.|
Golf croquet in action
|Introducing golf croquet|
|Basic ball play||Ian Harrison’s follow-through is a bit exaggerated and his opponent’s grip is by no means ideal but Ian makes some very good points, eg building confidence|
|Highly skilled golf croquet in Eqypt||Egyptians have long been renowned for their vigour and accuracy at golf croquet|
|Mark McInerney in action||A fine example of good lining up and an economical swing by a top Irish player, Mark McInerney, who became the first non-Egyptian to win the World Golf Croquet Championship in 2011|
|Two very good young golf croquet players||Occasional misses but exceptional otherwise|
|An Egyptian hoop running for fun||Note where the ball bounces|
|Robert Fulford in action||Rob Fulford (red stripe) at the East Anglian Open Golf Croquet Tournament final in 2016 displaying a very high standard despite his first shot|
More topics can be found at the ClarkeCroquet website run by Chris and Jenny Clarke which includes sections on tactical coaching for both association and golf croquet.