One-Ball Croquet is played according to Advanced Rules (of Association Croquet), except each player has only one ball.  Wiring lifts are given.  Lifts after running hoops 1-back and 4-back are given.

It's a quick (30 to 45 minutes) game with lots of interaction.

It's a great transition between Golf Croquet and Association Croquet.

If it's so great, why isn't it more popular?

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  • I guess I'm not sure what you mean by "more popular", nephew.  For example, every tournament I go to I play, and see others playing one-ball on the practice day with regularity.  It seems to be the practice game of choice among A class players, at least.

    • I guess we go to different tournaments, uncle Jim.  I never see anyone playing One-Ball.  I often suggest it, but most players decline.

  • Leo, is it generally played with just two opponents? Or is it a free-for-all like six-ball nine-wicket family croquet?

    • It is a game for two players.  As Leo says, it moves quickly and doesn't have any special rules.  It utilizes all the shooting skills and strategies, although certain strategies are unique to the game.  It provides a good test.  If an inexperienced one-ball player gets some strategy coaching during a game they can often defeat a stronger opponent.

    • I think it contains a lot of the same skills, but you are missing out on partner ball concepts ... perhaps that is best for beginners.

    • You certainly are "missing out on partner ball concepts".  That's what you give up to get a shorter, more interactive game.

      You can still do croquet shots (after roqueting opponent's ball), and even run two-ball breaks.  And, as Jim says, it has "certain strategies are unique to the game".

      Given the difficulty of running two-ball breaks, I do not think that it's "best for beginners".  In fact, as Jim says below, it's the "game of choice among A clas players".

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