In the 3 diagrams your Red is for 1 and you are laying up with Yellow at hoop 1.
An opponent ball near 2 will probably be shooting at you.
Which of the 3 positions is the best?
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Answer: When leaving yourself a rush into court, leave your balls a few yards in from the boundary as in diagram 1 (a trap). If the opponent shoots and misses you can roquet his ball with red and stop shot it to hoop 2 while still taking position for hoop 1.
In the second diagram, the opponent can shoot safely. You won't be able to stop shot his ball more than a couple of yards into court while still keeping a rush to hoop 1.
In the third diagram, the opponent can shoot in the knowledge that you won't want the 7 yard shot at his ball on the boundary.
This principle applies even when you are not laying up a rush to your hoop. At the start of the game, if you lay up near corner 4, why not set a trap so that you can extract the opponent's ball if he shoots at you? In general, try and leave your back ball 2 or 3 yards in from the boundary.
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