You quickly realize after playing a few games that there is a lot to learn in order to seriously compete with an experienced opponent. Often, there is more than one good strategy for a given situation, so my suggestions are not written in stone. However, they will improve your chances of success in most cases.
FIRST SHOT – YELLOW
A scoring disc is useless unless it is hidden! That is why your first shot should normally be to the St. Pete or Tampa position. It will then act as a “hide” for your next shot.
1) Early in the game you will find that a St. Pete is more forgiving of a placement error than a Tampa.
For perfect placement of the St. Pete, aim your second disc from the center, over the point of your triangle – it will end up in the correct spot – if your distance calculation is close!
2) Later, vary your game with some Tampa openers. Use your center-most disc.
3) Also, try putting your disc into the “8” areas as an opener. ‘
Your opponent may miss – especially if it is a drifty court.
FIRST SHOT – BLACK (second shot of the first end)
1) Against opponent’s St. Pete, put in a choke blockhopefully, into the high “8” position. Not being out in front is better when you have the hammer. Try to keep the front clear for your last shot.
2) Against a Tampa, hit and roll out yourself – it is a bonus if you can hit it just right of center so you roll to your St. Pete position!
Note: Unlike dealing with a St. Pete, placing a choke block to the right of a Tampa can easily backfire, because of the danger of a short bump.
- Yellow’s misplaced opener may set up a hide. Use it.
- If yellow’S first shot leaves very little shadow area, ignore it and set up your own hide.