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Improving skills. Practice smart help

By Jimredsox

9 months ago



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  • Latest reply 8 months ago by Snailman
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    #1 9 months ago

    In sports you focus on fundamentals. Basketball dribbling w head up etc. don’t just play pick up games. I’ve bought my first pin 2months ago JP premium. Love it. G&R on order. I still go to local arcades to play as well. My goal is to be an overall better player. I tend to struggle with certain shots in games. I feel like I’m stuck at my level and want to practice more effectively. Not worrying about scores but overall ball control etc. any suggestions? In sports there are drills repetitive that you slowly put together to improve overall game. I don’t want to just “keep playing to get better” I want to practice better. Make sense?

    #2 9 months ago

    Watch the PAPA tutorial videos on the fundamentals like post passing, drop catching, dead bounces, etc. and then practice. Try drop catches from different angles. This technique improved my skills over almost all other techniques. I could never do it until someone told me to think of an egg toss. When you catch an egg that has been thrown to you, you drop your hand down at the moment it enters your palm. Drop catching is like that. Pinball is not a controlled environment so you can’t just practice 20 drop catches in a row, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play games just to try them in different situations.

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    #3 8 months ago
    Quoted from Jimredsox:

    In sports you focus on fundamentals. Basketball dribbling w head up etc. don’t just play pick up games. I’ve bought my first pin 2months ago JP premium. Love it. G&R on order. I still go to local arcades to play as well. My goal is to be an overall better player. I tend to struggle with certain shots in games. I feel like I’m stuck at my level and want to practice more effectively. Not worrying about scores but overall ball control etc. any suggestions? In sports there are drills repetitive that you slowly put together to improve overall game. I don’t want to just “keep playing to get better” I want to practice better. Make sense?

    How goes the practice and improvement?

    Besides the great feedback from Nokoro above, another key element is to get better at aiming and adjusting to each physical game you play: each time you miss a shot, tell yourself in your head whether you were early or late on your flip, depending on whether you missed the shot toward the center of the pin or missed it wide, respectively (for forehand shots). To me, aiming is all about timing, so if you can ingrained in your head to adjust your timing, your accuracy will improve.

    Other notes on aiming: the techniques mentioned in the other post improve your control, which allow you to have more standardized timing situations by which to aim. Second, you will need to have two time durations per shot: one from a cradle, and second shorter one for rolling feeds from the inlane.

    Hope this helps.

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