The 5 Best Croquet Sets [Ranked]
In this post, we examine five best-selling croquet sets.
A croquet set consists of all the items needed to play the game of croquet. The best croquet sets are usually made of high quality wood and come with 6 mallets, balls, hoops (wickets) and goal stakes.
Some sets come with carrying bag and a stand that can be used for storage or display.
How To Play
Croquet is a game played by two, four or six players; the object of the game is to hit your ball through all of the six hoops in the proper order and then hitting the center peg, which is the goal.
How To Play Croquet (Video Guide)
Historians believe the game was played as early as 1856 and has been a staple of backyard picnics and barbecues ever since. A good croquet set will be durable and designed to last a lifetime with proper care (Source)
Most buyers suggest paying a little more for a deluxe croquet set because they tend to be more durable. Also, while many croquet sets come with a carrying bag, buyers say these bags are often made from thin nylon that rips easily, and requires the disassembling of the mallets in order to get them to fit in the bag (Source).
If you can afford it, one idea is to look for a handcrafted set, such as an Amish handcrafted set. They tend to be higher quality and more durable than mass produced sets (Source).
Croquet Sets Compared
How They Compare
Of the 5 croquet sets we looked at, the only one that offered more than one buying option was the Franklin Sports 6 player croquet set. This set comes in 4 varieties: Intermediate, Classic, Expert and Vintage.
As one can imagine, each is a step up in quality and features with the vintage being the top and the intermediate being the entry level set. Buyers tended to be very satisfied with the intermediate set, saying it’s a solid set for the money. As with all the sets we looked at, however, they found the carrying bag to be the weakest link.
The Crown Sporting Goods 6 Player Deluxe Croquet Set is a relatively good value for the price. Buyers say sometimes the mallets come apart and the carrying bag leaves a lot to be desired.
Next up is the Baden Deluxe which is good for casual gaming and a decent entry level set if you’re new to the sport. As with other sets, it comes with carry bag but requires you to unscrew mallet heads to fit.
The Trademark Global Croquet set looks to be a good set for beginners, and a decent value for the money, but because of the cheaper materials, it’s likely not going to last more than a season or two.
Finally we have the Hathaway 6 player croquet set, which is a good set for introducing children to the game. Mallets are smaller than traditional sets and the wood is lightweight making it ideal for kids. Comes with a carrying bag and everything needed for the game.
What is croquet?
Croquet is a very popular game that is between two teams, played in an open yard almost equal to the size of two tennis courts. This sport is played by hitting wooden or plastic balls with a mallet through hoops that are placed in a grass playing court. Hoops are also known as wickets.
Object of the game
Croquet is played between the team comprising of either 4 members or 6 members. The main target of the game is to hit the balls through the course of 6 wickets in the proper direction and cease by hitting them against the center peg.
Each team has two colors of balls, blue and black versus yellow and red. The double players team begin to play the game with all the four balls in the first turn, whereas, in singles play, each player has only two balls. The one who completes the whole circuit of 12 hoops and hits the peg first is the winner of the game.
Croquet is considered to be a very old game, and was first introduced in the era of 1960s, during the reign of King Charles the Second of England. At that time this, game was played under the name of Paille-Maille or Pall-Mall, derived from the Latin words meaning Ball and mallet. But by the 19 century, this game had gained a lot of popularity. It is inspiring that an increasing number of young players are actively participating in this game at all levels, from amateur matches to professional tournaments.
The different types of Croquet
Garden croquet is widely played all around the globe, especially in the UK. This version of croquet is best for the beginners to the game to learn how to play it properly. The main rules of playing a garden croquet game include the following points
- All the balls must be placed on the same spot that is three feet in the boundary directly in front of hoop 1.
- If the striker’s ball is damaged, there is no penalty at all and he/she can start from the same initial point.
This is the most popular version of this sport, widely played in the United States and Canada. In this game, the balls are placed in the same order, that is blue, red, black and yellow, throughout the whole game.
The balls deadness on other balls is traced from turn to turn until and unless the ball has been cleared by scoring its next wicket or hoop. But, keep in mind that in this version of croquet, the ball turns nine inches from the boundary unlike the other versions of croquet that are played around the globe.
Sometimes, nine-wicket is also named as “backyard croquet”. It is mainly played in Canada. This type of game includes nine wickets, six balls and just two stakes. The course of nine -wicket is arranged in a double-diamond pattern, with both of the stakes at the end of each course. The player starts from one stake and ends their turn by hitting the second stake, navigating both sides of the double diamond course. While playing individually, the first player who stakes out, wins the game.
In 1980s, this version was invented by John Riches, who lived in Australia. This game is very easy to learn and can be played by six member’s altogether. Ricochet is played with rules that are similar to the rules of garden croquet, with a difference, that when the ball is roqueted, the striker’s ball remains live and he earns two extra free shots. So that, he can easily play their ball near to the opponent’s ball increasing more free shots score.
Try to play this game and cultivate an interest in it, as this game is considered great for enhancing and improving your competitive skills for people of all age groups. This sport will help a great deal in keeping you healthy and physically active.