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Practice Makes Permanent NOT Perfect
6/20/2012 10:49:18 AM
So there are truths to thoughts and here is mine. Practice makes permanent NOT perfect. If one practices a certain way then they will perform the same way. This is an adaptation from music rehearsal. One can significantly increase their ability to learn new techniques if they practice the stated idea the most efficient way. Let's take shots into account. Any shot applies but let's start with the the right wall under. Can you shoot it? Can you do it from anywhere in the board? Why? Why not? Why would you? Ask yourself these things as you practice.
I have a rule of 3 when it comes to practicing a shot. Try three times and then evaluate why or why not something is working. Then I move on to the next idea, be it shot or defense and come back to it later if it becomes an issue. These are early stages of routine that can be controlled in your play. Tennis players practice swing just about as much as golfers do to make the swing second nature. Let's think about this as an air hockey function. Our swing, be it backhand or forehand, is very important and can make a very big difference in a last second shot. I have thought about this and perfected this idea lately to make it seem almost like I have no control over the puck when suddenly I "walk it in the front door" at least that is what I say to myself. It's a high risk shot on Grand Masters but it will work more than half the time.
Anyhow if you are stuck practicing the same technique, know that I'm coming for you with new ideas and will remember what works. Thus the evolution of air hockey play is always a must. My practice to permanence is the combination of ideas in play, at least at the moment it is, and the better use of defense.
Your practice makes permanent idea should be your own, as you know what works for you and what doesn't. Although my suggestion to you is to question why your weaknesses are not your strengths and why your strengths have not yet become second nature. I gander it is due to inefficient practice, but that is just my hypothesis. Good luck and see you on the table.

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My Hobby 31 Aug 2012
Happy 4th of July 04 Jul 2012
Practice Makes Permanent NOT Perfect 20 Jun 2012
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Getting a Tad bit anxious? 20 Apr 2012
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Another Loss at Camp Simple 21 Feb 2012
The Defensive Read 09 Feb 2012
Smart Lab Air Hockey 30 Jan 2012
Miles Davis part 2 25 Jan 2012
Kind of Blue part 1 25 Jan 2012
The Way of the Puck part 2b 25 Jan 2012
The Way of the Puck part 2a 25 Jan 2012
For those of us willing to practice 24 Jan 2012
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