Pro Tips for the Drill:
As you do this drill, you are going to notice that you want to leave just a little tiny bit of space between the peg and your stack of buttons. There are two reasons for that. One is if they are too tight, then when you shoot the bottom one out, as the other two drop, they are going to catch that peg and fall over.
The other reason is, as I said, you are probably going to catch pegs here and there. When you hit a peg, if they are too tight, then as you hit the rubber, it will bump those buttons back, and that is not what you want.
I still remember doing this as a kid when you take a stack of buttons and just put them right out in the open and then blast away to see if you can knock the bottom one out and leave your stack still standing.
Benefits of the Drill:
There are a few really great things about this drill. First, it is tough—tough. You are probably going to catch some pegs as you start doing this. I can even see people turning this into a drinking game. Now, listen, that is a prediction, not a suggestion. Play Crokinole responsibly. Second, it is measurable.
So, you can do this drill and see if you can improve upon your score, see how few shots you can use to be successful in this drill. And the third great thing about this drill is it is scalable.
What I mean by that is you can adjust the challenge within it. It is always going to be tough, but you can make it a little less tough or more tough by shifting how much of the button you are able to see by looking down Hogan’s Alley. So, if you get super skilled at this, I encourage you to make that sliver thinner and thinner and thinner and see if you can still pull it off.
Drill Execution Tips:
As you tackle this drill, remember to shoot hard. You are also going to want to remember what you picked up in tip 8 about shooting Hogan’s Alley. Where you do not necessarily want to aim directly at that button or else you may catch the peg.
You want to aim just to the side of the peg so you can catch that button on the way through. Most importantly, remember to have fun even when doing the drills. Make sure that you are having fun with the greatest game on earth.