Winning Tips by Earl Ball. Article 20 > Play the Board. Posted 2020 09 05.

That is my real game, with or without the hammer, with or without the lead!  I wish more players would play that way.  Did you ever think of it, it’s the same as clearing the board because the other guy is just going to think you’re nuts and 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 Mickey Mantle era; the fearsome homerun 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 covering 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 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.  (He’ll go bananas!)

Earl Ball (Betmar, CTL)

Bye the way did I ever tell you how to cover blocks.  It’s not easy to do even if you know how; the best cover is about three feet directly in front of the block but that’s close enough for the opponent to do some damage so you should only go that close if the opponent is about to shoot his hammer and then let him be foolish and chase your block.  Sooner than that and he can shoot straight through and get you or take your cover off and roll onto the board. More players should do this, giving him the option of  covering his block or taking yours off, in which case you put him in the kitchen.  If the block is on your side of the board you should cover to the inside half of the block and if it’s on his side of the board you should cover to the outside of the block so he can’t go down the outside to get you and be hidden by your block.  If he goes down the inside he’ll be in the middle of the board where you can see him.

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. Taking a cover off and rolling on the board puts the pressure on.
  7. Keep the pressure on.
  8. How to cover, it isn’t easy.
  9. If you think you can’t you’re right.
  10. Have fun; it’s later than you think!

Earl Ball 2006 08 11. 

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3 Responses to Winning Tips by Earl Ball. Article 20 > Play the Board. Posted 2020 09 05.

  1. Audrey Lambe says:

    Audrey Lambe

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. debsturat says:

    Awesome. Just awesome. Thank you!!!


  3. Dave Minnich says:

    Absolutely on the nose. Board playing is more fun and it is far less tiring.


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