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4/23/2007 10:33:16 AM
In 2004, my offense was becoming more consistent because of practicing on my table. I developed a couple of key drifts and releases, one based on Jimmy's right-wall attack that he called the "Woodcutter". I first saw this drift used on me by Billy Stubbs in the T12 9-12 spinoffs. He was totally just messing around with it on me, and I've never seen him use the drift since then. That drift formed the basis of my secondary drift. I have since taken the concepts and applied it to other drifts that I've created. Even though my game doesn't have a lot of the time delays, fakes, and off-goals of the classic Master Level offenses, there is definitely a method to the madness.

What was missing was defense. I was utterly and completely lost on defense. I wanted to play out on defense and stop the straights, and snag the pucks like Danny, but it was getting me killed on unders, so then I'd overcompensate and get killed on overs. Top that off with in correct centering and I was also getting beat on crosses. I couldn't figure it out, so I even experimented with a Jose charging type defense. This actually got me past a few opponents, but I didn't feel like it was the shutdown type of defense that I was in search of. My goal wasn't just to win one championship - it was to completely dominant the sport of AH for a period of 3-5 years.

At the World Championships in 2005, I started the tournament with a hightop, which I had been using the past few years because it was said to be better on defense. My really low point was getting 4-0ed by Andy in the losers. It was a pretty disgusting loss to me, but he played well, and overall it was a very important loss in the scheme of things. I ditched the hightop and played Ehab in the 5/6 spinoff wiht a lowtop. Ehab came into this match with very low motivation after being knocked out of the main event. He was also always clutching his elbow, so I 4-0ed him while he was playing at about 80%. This gave me a tiny amount of confidence that I could play with my lowtop and be effective. I had also prepared for Ehab, and I felt that my preparation for him really worked well. I began to feel that with a few adjustments, I could get to the top.

Back to the Andy match, which I was able to view a few of the games on tape. Studying the tape allowed me to make a major revelation. I noticed that I would start off on defense centered, but as the opponent drifted and I would track the puck, my shoulders would turn slightly, and since my shoulders are wide, this would move my arm and also reposition my mallet on defense. What was left was a gaping hole on the cross side that all the Master and Pros were easily exploiting. Here's one tip: STUDYING YOUR LOSSES IS MUCH MORE IMPORTANT THAN ADMIRING YOURSELF DURING A WIN. I did notice that I had done this before playing against Don, but now I was determined to learn from it and change it. If you want to get better, you have to study your game to improve it. Some errors are easy to catch once you view them.

Blog History
In Between 04 Jun 2012
Top 10 Shake Up 16 Nov 2011
The New World Order? 16 Nov 2011
Most Grueling Match 22 Feb 2011
World Champion Again, Really? 07 Feb 2011
Been Distracted on Way to 2nd Title 07 Feb 2011
Anthony Marino 26 Jun 2009
Post WC 16 Apr 2009
1 week to go till WC 2009 05 Mar 2009
#10 Jimmy Heilander 20 Jan 2009
#11 Tim Weissman 20 Jan 2009
#13 Travis Luscombe 26 Sep 2008
#14 Mike Thomas 26 Sep 2008
#15 Joe Cain 01 Sep 2008
#16 Nick Geoffroy 01 Sep 2008
#17 Updated Geoff Oidtman 01 Sep 2008
#17 Goran Mitic 11 Aug 2008
#18 Mark Robbins 11 Aug 2008
#19 Don James, Jr. 11 Aug 2008
Top 20 Player Profile Countdown 11 Aug 2008
No one wants a piece of me 11 Aug 2008
Must Forget the Past 27 Jun 2008
Getting in Shape for the Colorado State 03 Jun 2008
2008 WC Review 20 May 2008
AHF's Nice New Features! 19 Jan 2008
Mitic Rating and Geometry 05 Jan 2008
New Year 30 Dec 2007
15 Days till 2007 US Open 20 Sep 2007
Catch up 06 Aug 2007
Charging Defenses 19 Jun 2007
Jeanne McCarthy Air Hockey League 09 Jun 2007
Blogging about Blogs 01 Jun 2007
Trophies and my AH Table 22 May 2007
Quote of the Day 19 May 2007
Illinois State/WSOP 13 May 2007
Drawing Inspiration 01 May 2007
Hunt for #1 27 Apr 2007
Still Searching 23 Apr 2007
2003 19 Apr 2007
1999-2002 19 Apr 2007
The Return 16 Apr 2007
How I Started(and ended the first time) 14 Apr 2007
A Pucker's Life 14 Apr 2007