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New Year
12/30/2007 6:41:06 PM
It's almost 2008, and I'm getting into rock and locked mode. Here's how I put together a plan for improvement:

#1 - Self Analysis
After analyzing my play the past year, my game was just extremely sloppy. It's actually quite impressive that with all of my unforced turnovers and inaccurate shots, I was able to do as well as I did. I had some stretches where my defense, transition and offense did feel really in sync, and the goal will be to try to make all of those parts play at a high level consistently. After getting beat by Billy and Tim, I realized that some players don't fall into my fast pace tempo, and just try to cut any mistakes out against me. I have thus switched to a game that relies on accuracy, patience(breaking down an opponent's defense with off goals), and high quality possessions, rather than just trying to beat my opponent within 2.5 minutes. Of course, there will be some moments where I change the tempo up and go full throttle - You'll know it when you see it!

#2 Breaking down opponents - It's actually easier to play as the number 2 player in the world, because that means you can be a hunter, and not just sit on a perch and wait for the predators to come after you. Players are now preparing gameplans for me, and they are catching me offguard, whereas in the past, I would sneak up on them by knowing their basic games inside and out. I will have to adjust to this by having several contingency plans ready, and train myself to make better in game and between game adjustments. I don't see very much of this, and it's invaluable to be able to save a match. This is easier for experienced players, because they have a wealth of knowledge that they can draw upon. But, sometimes when you're fatigued, nervous, you just can't think straight, and come up with the correct counter to what an opponent is doing to you. No simulation for actual match play.

#3 Perfect practice - practice doesn't make perfect, perfect practice makes perfect. I will have to maximize my limited amount of practice time and not waste time hitting shots that I've mastered. I will have to concentrate on my positioning, footwork, mental visualizations, till it's second nature. This stuff is NOT FUN at all to do, but necessary if you are truly dedicated and want to be the best. I'm not sure I'm talented enough to just step up to the table unprepared and beat the best players in the world. I will have to summon the dedication to outwork them, or it will be a disappointing tournament.

#4 No excuses - Whatever happens is in my control, so if I didn't prepare enough or not execute, I'll know why. I hope this will drive me to do what's needed, but it's rather tough will two young children and two businesses that I'm trying to build up.

Till next time, I hope everyone starts hitting the tables and gets focused on the 2008 WC.

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