I REALLY DON’T KNOW IT ALL AND I REALLY DON’T WANT TO PROVE IT TO YOU!! ~~ by( earl ball!!
I’ve been encouraged to write about some of the Shuffleboard tips I teach to Zephyrhills players and some other selected players. You all know I’m unorthodox (different), Poco Local (a little crazy), and even weird (really different) and all of that’s OK with me; just don’t call me normal (??????). You won’t find any of these tips in Glen Peltier’s book and I expect Wilbur to go bananas as he reads these tips. Lots of these things aren’t really mine, I’ve picked them up from various players along the way either by listening or watching, some have been used against me and some have been used on me. I expect to get some help along the way from some of the people I’m going to write about to include David Earle, Jim Barnes, Chuck Moulton, Gus Bondi, and Joan Cook.
The 1st tip is called “having the courage to win”. We’ve all faced situations where we knew what shot we had to take but were afraid to look bad. Lyle Tidd was always afraid to look bad and I used to tell him to take the shot anyway because if we lost they weren’t going to let him stay because he didn’t look bad, he was going home too. That means that if you have to run the alley to get another block, do it. If you have to shoot a ten, do it. Sounds simple doesn’t it! Last year in the semi-finals of the Southern Nationals We needed one block to win and our opponents had the hammer and needed three blocks to win. I had a thin hide from the head but played it by the book instead of by my own rule which is: win when you can; take that hide, rush the game! My opponent scored and then Mike Vasallotti, the best player in the game, got two on my partner and I never got a chance to win the game. In the finals David Earle was playing the foot against Vasallotti in the third game, Mike snuck a seven, half-hidden for game point; David could have won the match with a ten and had to do it because they were going to get the next two hammers. Now Mike’s talent has intimidated many players and it’s not unusual to take the wrong shot against him. I’m sure that’s what happened to David; he tried to take out the seven and lost. He knows better, just as I do because we’ve talked about it many times. Know what you have to do to win, be aggressive and do it!!
Earl Ball, 2006 07 06.