The Hanger Twenty

It’s not a 20’s game, Jeremy, it’s not. I have heard that so many times, and I have to respectfully disagree. Now, I will agree that Crokinole isn’t just a 20’s game, but there’s no question that you will notice that the player who is stronger at dropping 20’s has a definite advantage. What we’re going to look at today is a simple trick that you can use to help you if you’re new, get used to and comfortable with open 20’s, and if you’re more experienced, this will help you quickly break a slump if you ever find yourself struggling with this critical shot.
Let’s take a look.

The Setup

What you are going to want to do for this drill is set yourself up with what we call a hanger 20 situation. You are going to take a disc and put it on the far side of the 20 holes from yourself and have it just slightly overhanging into that hole. Basically, you are setting it up like a backboard. From there, it creates a fair bit of forgiveness. If your weight is not quite perfect or even if your angle is a little bit off, you will still see your disc drop in for a 20. One of the greatest things that comes from doing this drill is it is fantastic for boosting your confidence. It just feels good to see your discs drop in for 20 points.

If you are more advanced, or even an intermediate player, you may be sitting there thinking, “Oh Jeremy, this drill is silly. I’m too good for this.” If that is what you are thinking,”

Coach John Wooden

I would invite you to consider this. It was a few years ago I listened to a fantastic interview with a man by the name of Coach John Wooden. Coach John Wooden is considered the winning-Est basketball coach in university history. One of the philosophies that he worked hard to instil in his team, in his players, was the importance of the fundamentals, the most basic shots. One of the examples he gave is he would have his players in practice do hundreds of lay-ups from three feet away, a simple shot. These advanced, university-level basketball players are doing 100 lay-ups from three feet away. A hanger 20 is basically the equivalent of a three-foot lay-up. It is a simple shot that any player with experience should be able to make, but have you ever been in a match and missed a super simple shot like that, that cost you points, cost you a round, and it may have even cost you moving on in a tournament that was important to you.

Take a page out of Coach John Wooden’s book and practice the basics, whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced, this drill is going to help you drop more 20’s and increase your confidence.

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Practice

What I am going to do for the next week, and I invite you to come along with me, is every day I am going to sit down at the board and I am going to set myself up with 20 hanger 20’s and see how many out of that 20 I can drop. I would invite you to comment below what is your score out of 20, how many of these hangers 20’s were you able to drop. I am curious if you will see, what I think you will see, is an improvement in your score over the week. So come on back and repost. Let me know how you are doing, how you are improving with your hanger 20’s.

To build on this next week, the tip is going to be all about improving the open 20s. We are going to take this backboard away and see just how good you are. I will introduce you to what I feel is the best drill to see you consistently get better and better at the critical open 20 shots. Make it a great day.

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