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A blog about air hockey strategy and tactics.
7/1/2013 4:04:39 PM
 
I've been practicing air hockey for five days a week, two-and-half hours each practice session, plus additional cross-training and film study for the past two years - with essentially no time off. No breaks during the holidays or in sickness, just playing and studying air hockey *a lot*. I've done this in a very serious manner, trying to rival the practice regimen of professional table tennis and baseball players. And you know what? It worked. I am now a 3-time world champion, winning that last two world championships, have stacked up a pretty impressive match record and have won the last six consecutive major tournaments. I've learned a lot. Even at the age of 38, I am actually better now than I was six months ago and the same can be said of any preceding six months during this two year period. So, I thought that I would start sharing some of the key learnings that I have had over the last two years. In this blog, I will breakdown everything that I know about air hockey, from high-level strategy to detailed-level execution. I will try to post every Friday until the World Championships in October.

My first few posts will cover:
- The top 10 most common mistakes in air hockey
- Physical chess (running multiple attacks at the same time)
- Defensive nuances (charge frequency and the floating triangle)
- Left wing vs. right wing offense
- Right-wall-under/over and cut release mechanics
- Shot sequencing and selection
- Structuring an offense vs. unfamiliar opponents
- The stop-n-go
- Acceptable levels of unforced and forced errors

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Blog History
Structuring offense vs. unknown opponents 21 Aug 2014
Extending Timeouts 15 Aug 2014
Releases 10 Jul 2014
Left-of-center vs. right-of-center 07 Oct 2013
A couple of new articles 29 Aug 2013
Charging 27 Aug 2013
Moving to WordPress 13 Aug 2013
Top 10 most common mistakes in air hockey. (pt 5) 05 Jul 2013
Top 10 most common mistakes in air hockey. (pt 4) 05 Jul 2013
Top 10 most common mistakes in air hockey. (pt 3) 05 Jul 2013
Top 10 most common mistakes in air hockey. (pt 2) 05 Jul 2013
Top 10 most common mistakes in air hockey. (pt 1) 05 Jul 2013
A blog about air hockey strategy and tactics. 01 Jul 2013