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puckin - 28 Feb 2013
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First, I would like to introduce myself. The name is Steven and I've played air hockey for as long as I could remember - mostly at arcades. However, it was not until I started to work at a company that had a blue top Dynamo table that I really started to want to become better. I've realized I was playing all whilly nilly before and now I've started to get better at aiming and defense.

That being said, I suck at defending against RWO and LWO shots.

Any tips or advice for defending against banked shots?
 
TWeissman - 02 Mar 2013
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Hi Stephen,

Blocking banks, just like straights, is about training your reflexes and having a strategy like the Triangle defense.

In the Triangle defense, you need to position your mallet about 12-18 inches out from your goal in the center. When a bank comes at you, simply pull along the invisible line which starts at your mallet in the center and ends at the side of the goal you should be defending. The end point where you need to stop is about a mallet's width from the goal.

It's easier to explain in person lol

Best wishes...

Tim
 
tableman - 02 Mar 2013
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TWeissman said:
Hi Stephen,

Blocking banks, just like straights, is about training your reflexes and having a strategy like the Triangle defense.

In the Triangle defense, you need to position your mallet about 12-18 inches out from your goal in the center. When a bank comes at you, simply pull along the invisible line which starts at your mallet in the center and ends at the side of the goal you should be defending. The end point where you need to stop is about a mallet's width from the goal.

It's easier to explain in person lol

Best wishes...

Tim


But what about the conundrum of trying to block the overs and the unders? If you move over slightly, you block the over but the under is open. If you go back far enough to block the under, the over is open. A player with a great and hard-to-read over/under combo (like Pedro) is thus difficult to stop.

Almost all players naturally cover the under when a bank shot is hit, leaving the over open.

The trick is (and nobody does it perfectly, certainly not me) is to try to read the offensive player's approach and release, since at some point the mallet must commit to hitting the over or the under. Then respond by moving to block the shot.

 
puckin - 05 Mar 2013
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Thanks for taking the time to give me some good advice. I look forward to becoming better with every game.
 
carolina phil - 05 Mar 2013
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Stephen,

Where are you located? And are there any other players near you?

Thanks,

Phil Arnold
President
USAA
 
puckin - 25 Mar 2013
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Phil,

I'm located in Huntsville, AL. Pretty much just play with the guys at work on our Dynamo blue top in the office.
 
carolina phil - 25 Mar 2013
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You may want to check out some of the universities in the area to see if their gamerooms have tables; or some dorms.

For some reason there has never been a strong ah tradition in my home state of South Carolina nor other southern states except Georgia, Florida, and of course here in Texas. You are welcomed to travel to Houston and enjoy the many levels of ah players here.

Phil
 

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