Playing Yellow you have failed to get in front of hoop 1.
You decide to take a bisque. On your last shot do you:
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Answer: Option 4.
Option 1 (playing in front of the hoop) is instinctive but wrong. If all the other balls were in perfect 4-ball break positions, you would use it, but there is usually something you can achieve with the bisque turn before coming back to make the hoop.
Option 2 (rushing Red back to the hoop) is slightly better, but not by much.
Option 3 is an improvement. Perhaps you could rush Blue to hoop 2 and take off back to hoop 1? Or rush it to the south boundary ready to be sent to hoop 2?
Option 4 gives every chance of a 4-ball break. Shoot at Black near corner 3 and take a bisque. Send it to hoop 2 as a pioneer while going to Blue (if possible try and get behind Blue to rush it past the peg). Take off to Red at hoop 1.
NOTE: The whole point of a bisque is a complete new turn - if you just position yourself in front of the hoop you have wasted the possibility of a rush and a croquet shot on each of the 3 other balls. .
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