So whenever I play a table and I wanna get into it I'll hit a bench mark and from there I'll never be able to break it. After scoring 400 million in AIQ I had a string of bad games where it got to a point where I couldn't get past 2 modes/50 million points. As such I tried the following
1. Reading guides
2. Playing 5 ball mode
3. Changing up my play style
4. Playing other machines
5. Taking long breaks
6. Watching top players play along with video tutorials
Despite all of this I couldn't break my 50 million point mark. It was then I learned about Battle Royal/shot drilling so I did just that. I spent hours drilling shots and went as far as to stuff the drain with microfiber cloth. The drills paid off as I was able to play and beat battle royal semi consistently so I get back to the game with all this practice and drills and then something happened.
I couldn't score more than 25 million. Then it got worse, my scores dwindled and I chalked it up to bad play. Multiple people said I'm in a slump and that I need to learn how to break my overthinking and "get back in the zen." It was recommended that I "play badly" in the sense where I don't try to follow the high scoring advice and just shoot what I want. For over a week I did this I went for risky shots, double flipped, picked missions I didn't normally do, go for targets I usually ignore and well...I couldn't hit anything. In fact when I tried to play normal I was missing much more. It seems that week I took in playing sub optimally affected my skills completely so I took an entire week break from pinball completely. I return to the table fresh from that break and then my score limit was 11 million with many games at 5 million.
Then I did something drastic just now, I did a 10 ball game. I decided to throw caution to the wind, 10 balls and on top of that I wouldn't look at my score. I would just play, there was no way I could choke on my score if I just didn't look at it. After my 10 ball game I looked up
How was this even possible? How could I score the same at 3, 5 and 10 balls? I'm at a loss now. I have done every single thing imaginable to try to improve my play (including NOT playing) but each time I either get back to same milestone as if I made no change or I regress in ability. Drilling, not playing, reading guides, nothing is helping me. I honestly don't know what I can do anymore except give up. I REALLY like playing pinball and I know effort doesn't guarantee progress but I shouldn't be REGRESSING this hard.