Many haven't tried hard mode and don't even know about it. Hard mode is how most people already play, in general. When using hard mode, you give up on your ability to use the punt strategy.
Let me start by explaining hard mode. If your guess revealed any hint, 🟨 or 🟩, then your next guess must utilize this hint. In the example below, you have 3 🟨. The 3 🟨 letters must be used.
Be sure to see the PRO TIP at the bottom 😉
A caveat as you can see with the "C" in the first word. Using a 🟨 hint would entirely, should make it impossible to have the "C" in the same position. The "C" is known as a letter in the solution, and NOT in the 1st position.
There is another caveat, the ⬛ letters are also a hint. Technically, you are still allowed to reuse them. Not really a good strategy since it is known the letter is NOT in the solution.
Looking at the example below, when you have a 🟩 it must be in the same spot for the next guess. So PACKS has a 🟩 "A" and the 3rd word ACNES won't be accepted because the "A" is out of position.
The same example with 3rd word WALDO does use the "A" in position. It does not included a "C" and is not accepted. Do you get it? Send me an email to email@example.com if there are any questions.
Now the hard mode strategy, is the best strategy 99% of the time. You want to utilize hints given. The 🟩 and 🟨 hints must be used, and should be used usually. Even the ⬛ hints should be used for the next guess. Why waste a letter that you know doesn't exist.
Let me tell you why.
It is the punt strategy. The below example shows a problem. There are many options left, and it is realized in the 3rd round you could eliminate 3 variations with one guess. Guessing BROWS eliminates BATCH, RATCH, WATCH or reveals it as the answer with a 🟩 or 🟨. With 9 total variations, and 6 now tried, you could easily win on the 6th word with another punt.
When playing Wordle hard mode, getting into a 🟩🟩🟩🟩 situation leave a possibility of a loss. Ending your long streak. So play hard mode carefully.
PRO TIP - You can disable hard mode, mid-game if you get in this situation. But of course cannot turn it back on.
When you post your Wordle, there is a slight difference. The Wordle with have an asterisk. See the below examples
Hard mode game
Wordle 270 4/6*
Not hard mode game
Wordle 270 4/6