In the spirit of keeping the activity going on coaching tips, I am going to share one of my favorite articles that is actually on the croquetnc.org site and was written by Jeff Soo. Jeff also let me run it in the Croquet News magazine a while back as well.
The article addresses the key fear for most players and also dispels a myth about top spin that I had actually bought into.
Unlike hitting a tennis ball or golf ball, when we hit a croquet ball neither it nor the mallet deforms much and the ball leaves the mallet face nearly instantaneously. The mallet itself does not impart spin to the ball.
He also runs through some good drills at the end. If case you haven't seen it, I hope everyone finds this one helpful ...