This fifth booklet in the series is applicable to beginners and intermediate players. It deals with common problems in the basic strokes covering the following topics:
1. I keep missing my roquets, always on the left hand side.
2. My mallet keeps twisting in my hand.
3. I keep missing reasonably short roquets of 4 or 5 yards. I feel I am at least as likely to hit a roquet of 10 or 15 yards.
4. My roquets seem to start on line, but tend to curve off before they reach the ball I am trying to roquet.
5. At times I hit the ground with my mallet on roquets, or more especially on long rushes and cannons.
6. I can't get enough distance in my rushes, and even in a roquet shot I have trouble reaching the far end of a heavy lawn. I don't have the strength for such shots.
7. I have no confidence with rushes longer than about two feet. Sometimes I miss altogether when I try to rush a ball any distance.
8. Sometimes my ball jumps when I play a rush shot. At times it has jumped right over the other ball.
10. I find it hard to control distance in my take-offs. Others seem to be able to judge them fairly well, but I go too far or stop too short. I seem to take far too long to get the feel of the lawn.
11. My stop-shots are nowhere near as good as the ones I see other players doing. My striker's ball always seems to go too far.
12. I can't do a proper roll or pass-roll. The croqueted ball goes too far, or else the striker's ball does not go far enough.
13. Unless I play a take-off, I find it very hard to judge approach shots from a yard or two to the side of the hoop. I cannot seem to get a forward rush from such positions except by sheer fluke.
14. On split-shots I can usually get the striker's ball where I want it, but I do not seem to have much control of the other ball. It usually stops well short of where I would like to place it. In fact, I no longer try to get it right down to the next hoop.
15. I can control splits fairly well if the angle is not too wide, but I avoid a split if the angle exceeds 45 degrees, as I'm not confident the balls will go where I want them to.
16. I cannot understand why I find some splits, such as from 1- back to 2-back and 3-back, easier than the mirror-image shots, such as from hoop 1 to hoops 2 and 3.
17. I tend to stick in hoops on any shot which is at all sidey.
18. I can run hoops easily enough at practice, but in a match the ball just won't seem to go through.
19. I keep running much too far through hoops, giving
20. No matter how hard I try, I cannot play a jump shot through a hoop. The ball just won't jump for me.
21. I play several good shots to get a break started, then when I have all the balls set up where I want them, I do something stupid like sticking in an easy hoop or missing a short roquet.