What are Extra Turns (ETs) in Golf Croquet?
- An Extra Turn (called an ET, not called a 'bisque' as in Association) can be taken straight after one of your turns, but using only the same ball.
- You can't score a hoop by running during an ET. If your ball goes through, it stays where it ends up and doesn't score.
- You can take as many ETs as you like in one play.
- In singles, the weaker player gets the same number of ETs as the difference in handicaps
- In doubles, ETs are awarded to players, not the side. The better two players find the difference in handicaps and divide by two (round up). The other two players do the same.
When to take ETs
- Use them early to establish a lead in an attacking way to gain a strong position.
- On the longer approaches (1, 2, 4, 6, 8 etc.) and hoop 13, if you are the first to approach, use an ET to get excellent position where you are assured of a hoop providing your opponent doesn't succeed in an unlikely, long clearance.
- Having run a hoop you can use an ET immediately to get an excellent position on the next hoop. This works best when going for the longer approaches (2, 4, 6, 8 etc. and hoop 13). You thus gain an advantage before your opponent has made the 'first' approach shot.
- If all balls are not near the hoop on the reverse side, and you are close in at an angle, use an ET to jaws the ball. This is a powerful shot because if the opposing has no ETs, you cannot be removed; if you jaws in hoops 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11 you have a clear opening shot for the next hoops straight down the lawn.
- If say your opponent's Red is in a good position and so is your Black, and Blue to go, position Blue properly so you can use an ET to clear Red (using Blue) to a distant boundary (NOT a close boundary).
- TIP: if you have a few extra turns and are first to play blue at the start of the game, get a lead by using an ET to gain the prime position to run hoop 1.
And if things are not going well in the later stages of the game? ..
- Use an ET defensively to clear a well-positioned opponent if you are say 5-1 down and you don't want to go 6-1 down.
- If you are down in the game and don't want to go further down- say your opponent is blobbed in the hoop, put your ball behind the hoop and use an ET defensively to move the blobbed ball out of the hoop (and preferably a long way away)