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Davisl's blog
 
Hunt for #1
4/27/2007 10:39:21 AM
 
Before the 2005 Nationals, I tried to patiently work my way up the ladder. Nearing the end of the timeline that I had set for my goal, I was frustrated and decided to go after the Big Kahuna. Danny was at the pinnacle, notching his 5th championship. Players felt that if they could beat him, they could retire in peace. He didn't know it, but he was being hunted with the aid of my dvd player, frame by frame. Starting off, I actually didn't feel like I needed to find that much of an edge, maybe one or two points per game. He had beaten me 16-5 in a recent challenge match, but almost all games were 7-5 or 7-6. He just owned me on the important points, but for some reason I had always been able to score on him. I did the Wil method of breaking down your opponent, basically imitate him and become him. I tried to imagine what he saw and what he was thinking on defense. This is probably my best skill in life, being able to imagine what other people are thinking.

A funny thing happened while trying to imitate Danny's defense. I focused on every detail, diagramming my table to show his exact movements. After imitating his movements, I figured out the simple little secret that had eluded me on defense all of these years. This revelation allowed me to get back on UNDERS!! Danny's defensive theories also allowed me to block overs, so the only thing that was left was to block perfect shots. That was Danny's only weakness(who doesn't have this weakness?), was against players that could consistently hit the corners. His offense was usually good enough that a player wouldn't be able to hit enough perfect shots to beat him though. I modified his defense to suit my body positioning, rhythm, and a few improvements.

With all this being said, to defend an opponent, you still have to be able to read their shots, but Danny's defense gave me the structure to block shots efficiently, interfere, and get the puck back. Gone are the days of sitting back in a little 6 inch triangle and waiting for the opponent to flub a shot, or hit right into your mallet. This has been the basis of my success, getting the puck back so that I can outpossession and outshoot my opponents. My offense, while effective, is definitely not efficient. I recently fell asleep watching myself play because the pings of me missing so many shots was really boring.

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