Tips from the experts to improve your Shuffleboard skills
ONE POINT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
I want to hold an opponent to 44 instead of 45; I’ll go into the seven to keep him off of 45. I don’t want the opponent at 61 from the head or 68 if I can make him chase a seven and only get to 67. If you think about it there are a [...]
DON’T TAKE A HIDE YOU DON’T NEED
We’ve all seen it or had it happens to us. You need one block to win, you have a big lead and the other team has the hammer, yet you decide to take a hide and wind up in the open. The opponent shoots you in the kitchen and the game turns around. Resist the [...]
WHEN TO COVER THE KITCHEN
I hear players say never cover a kitchen, baloney! If you are way behind and you need a kitchen so bad to keep the game alive that you’re out there on the board at every opportunity and you get the opponent in the kitchen you’d better cover it or you will lose and I think [...]
WHEN NOT TO SHOOT A 10!
I’m sure all of you know this but just in case! If the opponent has 49, 50 or 51 and the hammer and you shot a 10 and it goes deep the opponent has a chance to get the equivalent of two blocks because if he holds the 10 he’ll only be two blocks from [...]
WHEN TO SHOOT A 10
When your opponents are 68 and you are at the head with 55, 56, 57, 58 you have to try to position yourself to shoot a 10 if you can’t get two blocks. At 55 or 56 you need 10 from both ends. At 57 or 58 you need to shoot the 10 from the [...]
THE WRONG SHOT CAN BE THE WINNING SHOT
You’ve probably heard me say that you never always do something and you never, never do something. Sometimes you have to do what you never do. It depends on who you’re playing, who you partner is playing and how well you are both playing, not to mention the score and lots of other situations. Last [...]
THE BLOCK YOU DON’T NEED
If you’re in the 70’s and your opponents have very little score but do have the hammer you have to be very careful because at some point they are going to try and shot your hide block into the kitchen, they have no choice. If the board is clear and you have your last shot [...]
You’d be shocked how many players don’t know when they should shoot a 7, they try for a high 10 or 8 and go too deep or don’t get on the board and the opponent gets the extra point they need. If the opponent is 53, 60 or 67 you really need to play 7’s [...]
IS STEALING THE BLOCK WORTH THE RISK?
Some players try to steal a block every time they get a chance, even if it means the opponent gets two blocks. Now I believe in stealing blocks, but if it will only get you into the 50’s and two blocks will get your opponent to 45, then I think that’s too much risk because [...]