Last week was all about the fundamental shot of handling a hanger 20. This week, we are going to kick it up a notch, and we are going to nail down the drill that is going to allow you to consistently improve the percentage of open 20s that you hit in Crokinole. Let us look.
I would encourage you to start this the exact same way that we talked about with the hanger 20s last week. Set yourself up with a few of those, drop those hangers 20s to build your confidence, then practice a few Open 20s before you launch into this drill.
Now, I hear different people talk about how they practice their Open 20s. They will say, “Well, I’ll sit down at the table and I won’t move on to other drills until I’ve hit ten 20s in a row, or 20 20s in a row.” Personally, I do not find that overly effective. What you are going to look at now is what I find is the best way to measure how you are doing with your Open 20s.
Attempt 100 Shots
What I would like you to do is take ten buttons of the same color, and that is all you are going to have around on the board, just set them off to the side. You simply start shooting your Open 20s. If they miss, they go in the gutter. If you drain those Open 20s, then they go into a 20 holder, if you have it, or just off to the side. Once you have done your ten, you are going to write down the score you got. After you do those ten times, so you have attempted 100 Open 20s, you will have a percentage. I sat down and did that drill, and I ended up with a score of 76%. Now tomorrow when, not if, when I do this drill again, and I shoot 100 Open 20s, I will know whether I am getting a little bit better or slacking. It also gives me the opportunity to figure out what is leading me to success and what is that is leading me to put more buttons in the gutter because they have missed.
Analyze the data.
Just like last week, I am going to practice what it is that I am talking about here. Every day for the next seven days, at least, I am going to take my 100 shots, and I will post the results that I get. I would encourage you to do the same. If you do not want to post it publicly, at least record it yourself, and I guarantee with some consistency, you will be rewarded with a higher percentage of Open 20s being dropped, and you will see improvements in your game.
Now, our first couple of weeks of tips have been very simple. We have had the Hanger 20 and then we have had the Open 20, next week we are going to look at a drill that is fun, it is dynamic, it works on probably eight different skills because every time you do it, it is a little bit different, so come on back next week for a new and exciting challenge. Make it a great day.