DON’T FORCE A GREAT PLAYER TO MAKE A GREAT SHOT!
There are two sayings you should heed. I thought David Earle would write about them since he helped develop them, but he must be far away in the north woods this summer. I haven’t heard a word from him! They are “Don’t force a great player to shoot a great shot, because he will!” And “Don’t allow a great player the chance to make a great shot, because he will!” A couple of examples: If you have a good seven and it’s double covered and you have a good lead don’t block the open side of the board, leave the great player an easy option; remember he is a great player because he earned the reputation. If you block the open side he may just decide to run his dead block up on your 7, holding his good block and putting you in the kitchen. The great players make those shots on all too regular a basis. If a great player lands on a line and you decide to cover that block instead of clearing it you are looking for disaster. Somehow Glen Peltier will hit that block and get one if it’s your hammer and two if it’s his; Mike Vasalotti will roll off the cover on to the board forcing you to take him off and he’ll have two; Stan Williamson and Chuck Stansburge will just shoot the cover into the kitchen and then where are you! Great players make great shots and great plays, that’s how they got the reputation!
I know you’re sitting there thinking “I wonder if he really thinks about these tips while he’s playing”. The answer is yes, plus about two or three others per tip that deal with the scoreboard, the situation, who I’m playing and who my partner is playing. You’d better be thinking about them, because your opponent is and if you aren’t your probably a dead ducky poo! If you don’t believe me, ask Wilbur!
Earl Ball 2006 08 13