Some players just play the board. Did you ever think of it, it’s the same as clearing the board in many cases because the other guy may be just going to clear you off, he’s getting tired and you’re not.
Think about it, if he sticks you put him in the kitchen, what fun; if he plays kitchen and makes it, you’ve got a backstop; if he doesn’t make it, you “can” him, what fun.

It’s even easier when you have the lead because now he’s going to play out on the board with you, as long as you’ve got a shot left what difference does it make who has the hammer!
Now if you get down to your last shot and he has the hammer left, you just don’t put him in as deep or put him in at an angle or put him in and get off the board, what’s the problem? Some players should only play the board, the opponent must be just thrilled when he sees Stan Williamson clear; one of the most fearsome kitchen players in the game and he’s clearing you off, can you imagine! It’s like being a pitcher in the Mickey Mantle era; the most fearsome home run hitter in the game, but also an excellent bunter. It must have been real relief when the “Mick” would bunt, let him have his single.

Remember, if you think you can’t you’re right, but if you think you can, you may just be right and have a lot more fun! It’s the same with recovering a good block, why bother, just put another one on, maybe he’ll go for both and miss them all or if he gets both maybe he’ll be sitting in the middle of the board and “donk” you’ve got him.

Have fun after all, life is like a shuffleboard game and it’s late in the match, they have 70 points, might as well take a shot at them.

Have you ever stopped to think how many “tips” are in an article like this? 1. Playing the board keeps the pressure on.
2. If you have a block left, all’s not lost.
3. Playing the board can be the same as clearing the board.

4. If you are a great kitchen player, intimidate the opponent. 5. If you’re having trouble covering put a second one on.
6. If you think you can’t you’re right.
7. Have fun; it’s later than you think!

2016-12-11T11:22:37+00:00 December 11th, 2011|General Tips|0 Comments

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