5th of 10 Shuffleboard Articles:


Players use a four (sometimes eight) shot practice round to get the “feel” of the court before starting a match. Use it to identify the speed and drift of the court.

Quite often the drift on a particular court is so severe that it is impossible for one team to hide behind a 8t. Pete or Tampa guard disc – the court quickly becomes known as a “yellow” or “black” court.

“Yellow” at the head of court, shoots first (four discs) and partner, at the other end-

  • places end of his cue in cross-court 7 area as an aiming point for yellow’s first shot;
  • for the second shot, moves the spent disc to the 8t. Pete position for a hide attempt;
  • for the third, moves the disc to the Tampa position for yellow’s try at hiding down the other side;
  • for the last shot, places the same disc in the rear center of the “10” area for an attempt to kitchen it and stay in the “10” area (the ultimate shot).


Like golf, where the handicapping on the first tee can decide the match, earning choice of color can be the winning difference.

Color is decided by the two players at the head of the court, alternately shooting four discs each, comparing each pair for closeness to the far “deadline,” before removing them. The first three pairs are practice; closest on the fourth disc chooses the color for the next game – a very important decision if the practice round indicated a decided drift! If drift is negligible, choose black for the psychological advantage of going in front with the first hammer. (yellow shoots first at start of a game, giving black the last shot during the first two ends.)

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1 Response to 5th of 10 Shuffleboard Articles:

  1. debsturat says:

    Loving these. Thanks!

    Liked by 1 person

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