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Berkshire Encyclopedia of World Sport
Scott A. G. M. CrawfordScott A. G. M. CRAWFORD

Commonly viewed as a genteel sport for the well-heeled, croquet was originally a sport played by French peasants using altered broomsticks for mallets. Today, players on a grass field use a mallet to strike wooden or plastic balls through a series of metal hoops and against a stake. Although many descriptions of croquet make it seem as complex and cerebral as chess, the essence of the sport is its simplicity. The most popular forms of croquet are association croquet and golf croquet. Croquet is most popular in the United Kingdom, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia. ...

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