WINNING TIPS by Earl Ball:
An Encore Performance!!
“Know what’s going on at the other end” don’t “think you know”. Sounds obvious don’t it! Yesterday Joan Cook and I were playing a match against a fine team of newer Pros. We had 68 and they had 67 and the hammer from the foot. I put up a hide and he stuck, I tried to hide and stopped in the eight (yes I know I should have been in the seven) and to top it off I was open near the 7/8 line. For the second time in the match he thought I was on the line and covered my good block and in this case the winning block. Now you just can’t let that happen and your partner can’t let it happen either. It’s hard enough to win; you can’t throw your chances away. But what’s worst is; he was so upset with himself he stopped thinking and let emotion take over. Had he thought about it he would have realized that I had 76 and a 10 would give him 77 and victory! He crashed into the cover block trying to get the good block; he probably should have taken me out on the open board and kept the 10 open. If I stayed on the board he still would have had a kitchen shot and a chance to score and win; I covered the 10. I got all over Rocky Briggs in Lakeside a couple of years ago for something similar. His partner missed a chance to put Rocky into position to win and Rocky was so upset he didn’t even realize he had a chance to score two blocks and still win. “Keep your head about you”.
In the same match Joan and I had 66 and they had 67 and the hammer from the head. Some how Joan had a 7 about 8 inches below the 7/8 line and one shot left. She knew she had to put another 7 on so we would have 80 and he would have to take her off. She put a 7 on the other side. I remembered that in Lake Worth during my first year Jay Goldman had the same situation against me and snuggled his own block so I had to take him off and couldn’t score. In the “Masters” that same year I had Mike Vasallotti beat ~~ he needed two blocks and I needed one with the hammer. He snuggled his own eight and I didn’t have room to score, he kept one and scored the next hammer and won. I wish Joan had had those experiences because I know she would have remembered. As it was though, he took her off and scored. His partner scored his hammer and they won! “Learn from your experiences”.