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The Way of the Puck part 2a
1/25/2012 9:11:52 AM
Let's break down the puck now that we have force and angle. "To every action, there is and equal and opposite reaction" (Newton) The puck is an interesting little monster of a disc. New it flies unaccording to your plight. Used and broken in one can do some really neat feats.
Let's start with the broken in puck. When one strikes a puck it does not take much to get it going as it has a lift of air underneath it to keep the traction to a minimum. I have seen the puck do some unbelievable things in my time on the table, but let's start with the basics.
Is the puck in drift or not moving when struck? The mallet has a different reaction for both scenarios when force and angle are used. In drift and in coordination with the "cut" you'll see most masters shine. There are so many shots when you see all of these combinations. I think that is where I got the nickname the shapeshifter as I may be working on one aspect that I want to improve and suck at the table. Or I'll shine with my stronger shots, but I digress. Play with these different scenarios and remember the basics of force and angle you'll start to see why a lot of people are off goal and frustrated as they are waiting for their combination of their perfect shot to "come back". You'll see me lift my mallet in a taunting fashion because I know for sure you're off as to one of these unpracticed shot thoughts.
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