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Here are 5 tips to help you run the tables all night long:
- Put yourself in the best position to get a sink every throw. Aim for a cluster of cups, or aim for the middle cup of 3 in a row. You want to provide yourself a margin of error whenever possible. Allow a throw that is a little long, short, left, or right the biggest chance to land in another cup, even if it wasn't the one that you were initially aiming for.
- Keep your throwing motion simple. Don't jump or bob, and no jerky arm movements. If you play well into a night, complex movements are sure to break down first. Keep it simple, and always repeat the exact same throwing motion on each toss so your body can learn and remember the motion.
- Just as in other games such as darts or billiards, balance is very important. If your balance is off, your shot will be as well. Stand perpendicular to the table with the foot on the same side of your throwing arm pointed towards your target. This will plant you and provide a solid platform to throw from which you can look right down your arm like the barrel of a gun straight at your target.
- Learn from your misses in order to make in-game adjustments. If you find that you are always hitting the front rim of a cup and just falling short, mentally aim for the back rim of the cup. Accept the fact that your aim is off for whatever reason, and instead of trying to correct the misses while aiming at the same spot (because you won't be able to), learn from them to turn misses into sinks.
- A big part of the game is closing it out by hitting the last cup. This is the part of the game where, more than any other, the mental aspect comes into play and players get nervous and choke. When you're down to your last shot, everyone is watching, and it's do or die you need to feed off that pressure and use it to elevate your game. You need to take a deep breath, relax your shoulders, visualize yourself hitting the shot, and throw with complete confidence.
Today's Beirut-applicable quote:
"A man of character finds a special attractiveness in difficulty, since it is only by coming to grips with difficulty that he can realize his potentialities."
-Charles de Gaulle