Recent discussions on the Nottingham list gave an open-cannon solution to a situation which frequently arises at the start of a game under Advanced Rules. If the opponent starts the game with a supershot opening (1st ball near peg) then the opponent will frequently shoot in 2nd turn to hopefully ~9” south of Corner 2. The first player then attempts to roquet that ball. Either of those balls may reach their mark, but all too often a ball ends up on the corner spot and another some way south of it.
If the northerly ball is hit in 4th turn, the safe simple and reliable solution is to play a little stop shot pushing the croquetted ball a foot or two out of the corner whilst getting a rush on the southern ball to hoop 1. This however leaves a difficult-to-retrieve ball near Corner 2.
A number of players described an alternative strategy which places a useful pioneer near hoop 2. I quote one description below.
Stephen Mulliner writes:
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