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This is just a type of land hopping made easier. By taking out specific trees or rocks, you can set yourself up for a simple hop. This is a neat trick for taking safe expansions, or building structures on the enemies side of the trees, without having to chop through.

An extreme case

A narrow path is easy to hop
The peon is ready to build the wall and hop across the trees
The enemy is in for some hurt now
The peon hops the trees and starts building on the enemies side

By now you are probably completely sick of those little boxes I've been drawing on the pictures, so I won't do it here. Just notice that I needed 2 mages to block because that '1' tree in the picture is actually the size of a farm. This is a narrow path I chopped on 3v3.pud towards an enemy. Once this peon is on the other side, the enemy is in some real trouble. I can easily protect any buildings with my mages. By using my newly made mage tower on the other side of the trees, I can pump mages, and hit their peon line, or whatever else I feel like.

As an expansion
This also can be used to hop the last few trees that is blocking an expansion. By doing this, you have a 'safe' mine, that is already walled in by trees, or rocks. Lots of players use this on maps like 3v3, but there are alot of other uses as well. Here is one I've used on 'Ant Trails' several times.

Just 1 chop required 3 walls gets me across.

By chopping 1 tree, I set myself up for an easy hop inside the middle are of this map. For those of you who have never played ant trails, there are 2 mines you can build a hall in between. By hopping in like this, I keep the center area walled in by trees. A very sneaky expansion.

Over rocks
On maps like High Seas Combat, and Arctic Circle, you can use a sapper or 2 to blow through the rocks to an expansion mine. Sometimes the game ends up being too close for you to be waiting for your second sapper to finish. Instead of waiting, you can hop right over the rocks (yes you can build on demolished rock).

The sapper is about to take out the rocks The wall is started A quick hop over the rocks

This is helpful when playing Arctic Circle, from the bottom right position. Unfortunately the map was designed poorly, allowing both top starting positions, to get through to the middle by only using 1 sapper. Both bottom spots require 2. Using this hop you can get to the middle area by only using 1 sapper. This exact hop has actually won me a game.

By just chopping 1 tree, you can create so many new hopping opportunities that I could never discover them all. On the map nowhere to run, try doing some 1 chop, hops. There are a bunch of fast ones that you can do. Even on maps like Garden of War, there are some pretty neat 1 chop, hop, spots (say that 3 times fast).

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