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Red puck - 15 Apr 2013
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I found out that "out" defense is required to block overs.

Just like Crosses, an over will not be successful if the player stays out.

I found this out spontaneously because i have been getting a good right-wall-over recently and once I finish playing I leave the mallets and the puck on the table and I tried an over and the mallet was still on the other end and it was far out from the goal and the lone mallet blocked it.

I play on 2 little tabletops because that's all I have as of right now.
 
fupersly - 16 Apr 2013
Total Posts: 231
Red puck said:
I found out that "out" defense is required to block overs.

Just like Crosses, an over will not be successful if the player stays out.

I found this out spontaneously because i have been getting a good right-wall-over recently and once I finish playing I leave the mallets and the puck on the table and I tried an over and the mallet was still on the other end and it was far out from the goal and the lone mallet blocked it.

I play on 2 little tabletops because that's all I have as of right now.


Well, yes and no. It all depends on how far out you are and how obtuse an angle the over is coming in from. I've been "out" on defense many times, only to be too far out and have a very obtuse (and sometimes even a double-bank) "over" go "under" my mallet and score. Quite similarly, the angle (and accuracy) of a cross may be more of a deciding factor in determining if it scores than simply being in the "out" position.

So, while you may block a majority of overs and crosses in the "out" position, there are still ways for a puck to end up on the same side of your goal that you intend to protect simply by being "out" out there.
 

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