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FREE UK delivery on orders over £ 75: 0845 602 3578 Top Tips for winning croquet 12 . It's not about winning every shot. Disadvantaging your opponents game, rather than advancing your own, often makes strategic sense. Besides, what's not to like about ensuring your brother- in- law can't make the hoop because you've whacked him into a rose bush? . Learn to jump. It's a lot easier than it looks. Simply stand with the ball level with the back of your heels and hit down on the ball. Practice makes perfect. . Secretly pair up. This really confuses other players who can't quite shake the feeling that they're being picked on. When reality dawns, keep away from their mallet! . Don't think it's all about a lawn that could double as a billiard table. One of the most enjoyable games I've ever played was in a friend's garden on Dartmoor. Playing round huge rock formations jutting out from his lawn was wonderful fun. Get to know the quirks of your own playing area to keep one step ahead of the opposition. . Invent your own court. Simply move the six hoops to suit the layout of your garden. If there's a water feature in the middle of the lawn, make the most of it - croquet balls float! . Don't think of croquet as just for the grown ups. You could introduce a handicap system - two shots for every grown- up one, or let children go round once, and adults twice. There is nothing more frustrating than a young niece or nephew dislodging an uncle's croquet crown. I should know... Sam, it's only a matter of time before I get you back! Joe Jaques is a direct descendent of the founder of Jaques of London, the world's oldest sports and games company. He lets The Handpicked Collection in on ways to make the most of the genteel but deadly game of croquet. We'll be jumping through hoops all summer! Jaques Surrey Croquet Set Jaques' name is synonymous with croquet and this version is of the highest quality finish. A more storable option is the ' Richmond' version which comes in a durable canvas bag. Surrey box size: 102cm x 26cm x 26cm. Handpicked because: Helps make being incredibly competitive seem almost gentlemanly. Richmond £ 198.95 - 95024- 1 Surrey £ 298.95 - 95032- 1 Jaques Policeman Skittles Stunning, heirloom set of wooden skittles, presented in a smart Jaques box. Takes seconds to set up, gives endless hours of fun. Size: Approx 23cm. Handpicked because: A real knock- out! £ 38.95 - 95021- 1 TOP TIPS NEW NEW

MUCH MORE ONLINE: www. handpickedcollection. com Garden games French Boules Don a beret and transform the garden or beach into a traditional Gallic scene. A fine Bordeaux not included. Comes in a canvas bag. Size: Diameter 6cm. Handpicked because: Can be played across generations. £ 14.95 - 95029- 1 Jaques Badminton Jaques of London's badminton is constructed with steel posts, a 20- foot net with sturdy guy ropes, four alloy- headed rackets and heavyweight outdoor shuttlecocks. Set for four people. Handpicked because: Far easier to play than tennis, and it takes up less room. £ 38.95 - 95022- 1 Jaques Bounceback There are so many games you can play with our bounceback - practice your tennis serve, perfect your catch or bend it like Beckham. You'll never again hear ' I'm bored!' Robust steel frame and nylon net with coated steel springs. Size: 147cm x 94cm. Handpicked because: You don't need a huge garden to finesse your fitness. £ 48.95 - 95020- 1 13 Quoits Hoopla! This version of the traditional garden game can be taken anywhere - from the beach to the park - and can even be used inside when the British summer fails us. Wooden set. Size: 25cm across. Handpicked because: Brings back memories of fun fairs and candy floss. £ 9.50 - 92005- 1 " Great for wannabe Tigers." Alice Rose Jaques Round the Clock Golf This deceptively simple game hones putting skills and is ideal to sling in the car to take on holiday. Up the ante by widening the gap be­tween the numbers, or by adding obstacles. Plastic numerals, flag and adjustable putter. Handpicked because: It's always time for tee! £ 38.95 - 95023- 1 Giant Pick- Up Sticks A gigantic version of this classic game. Wood. Comes in a canvas bag. Size: 93cm. Handpicked because: Perfect for tying up the roses too! £ 12.95 - 95028- 1 NEW NEW NEW