Quoted from T7:
It sounds like the following is happening...
- you REALLY want to do well
- if you play on a game you are good at (at home), you anticipate you SHOULD do REALLY well
- when you have problems (on said game), you get VERY irritated, VERY fast
- that irritation locks in - and you do not play well
Possible solution: you need to relax, and not get rattled so easily.
I may be off base, but I've done it and seen others do the same (in pinball and golf )
1. Of course I want to do well, Markinc is always hovering over me giving me the dare stare. He is evil and must be defeated. It's more about the good of mankind, not just winning at league.
2. Yup. Only makes sense initially, but given this thread, I have come to learn this is not the case.
3. When problems happen, it doesn't so much irritate me, as in make me mad, it just really gets in my head, and then that ball goes to shit. As for the anger issues part that no one sees, I just politely visit the bathroom, slap myself in the face while in front of the mirror screaming out "you're an ugly pathetic little girl", then calmly rejoin the league. That usually settles me down.
4. As per above, sort of irritated, but in my head and drain. The focus gets lost.
Quoted from phishrace:
365M on TSPP is an epic score on TSPP. If your not ranked in the top 100, you should probably make the game harder. If your average ball times are 7 minutes or more (by the audits, not guessing), you definitely need to make it harder. Besides making your games harder (increased pitch, open outlanes), try changing them up with urethane flipper rubbers (all 5 different types), switch black rubbers with white and vice versa, limit extra balls to 3 (or turn them off) and try lightning flipper bats on games that shouldn't have them. If you learn how to play your games wicked hard, others will seem easy. Yes, sometimes too easy is 'hard' in league, but overall you'll have less trouble with new examples of titles you own. And mentally you won't be intimidated. Your game at home is way harder.
Well, I just beat TSPP last night (posted about it if you haven't seen), but I would not have done that before, nor now, as that game is hard enough as is.
Lightning flipper bats are evil tools of the devil (much like underpants and collars for dogs) - no thanks!
Quoted from BigB:
Same thing happens to me but it's usually the other way around. I will go to someone's place and play a pin that I own and bust out a killer score on it but at home I can't seem to do better than average. Very frustrating!
Interesting, I would prefer my issue I guess, as I would rather feel great 99% of the time than 1%.
The best idea I think is just not playing my machines that are coming.