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Top 10 most common mistakes in air hockey. (pt 5)
7/5/2013 1:12:58 PM
 
#10: SKIPPING OFFENSIVE STEPS
On offense, players typically try to advance too fast. I think that there is a progression of learning in air hockey offense, and that you should master each step before moving on to the next. If you do not you will find that there are holes in your game and you will not be able to effectively exploit defensive errors when they present themselves.

First players should concentrate on the backhand right-wall-under and cut. The order of progression for the right-wall-under and cut should be as follows:

- Centerline from the middle of the table strike location
- Still puck
- Pump fakes
- Time delays
- Intentional off-goals
- 1-2s
- Horizontal drift at the line off the left rail, then the right rail
- Open-v drift off the left rail (1/2 diamond drift), then the right rail
- Left-to-right diagonal drift
- Vertical drift
- Right-to-left-diagonal drift
- Diamond drift
- Left-of-center strike location
- Right-of-center strike location
- Back-of-table strike location (pot shots)

Once the above has been mastered, add in the right-wall over-the-mallet bank. Next repeat the process for left-wall-under and cross. Then add in the left-wall over-the-mallet, forehands, off-speeds, chases, and double banks.

If you only have limited time to practice, less than once a week, you should almost exclusively work on right-wall-unders and cuts with time delays, pump fakes and 2 simple drifts (the drifts higher on the list above). If you are working on more than this and not practicing at least 2 days a week, you are probably skipping ahead in your development, spreading yourself too thin, and have holes in your offense.

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My next blog is titled "Physical Chess". I will discuss how to progress through multiple offensive attacks at the same time.

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