There are several games released in the past 5 years that no matter how often I play them, I never get a good game and I don't improve over time at all. Take Metallica** for example. I play that game just as well today as I did years ago when I played my first game on it. On average, each ball is done about 15 seconds after the ball saver is done. My shooting accuracy drops to around 10%. Of course, when a shot is missed the ball goes bye-bye. I don't get far enough into a game to worry about rules, strategy, and etc. All of my effort is spent trying to (unsuccessfully) make the shots. I've been playing this game for a while both as practice and in tournament play at multiple locations and I just cannot play it....it kicks my ass and takes my money every time. Recently, I was able to get on this game in a free play environment and make a real effort to see if I can learn the various shots, make some decent progress, experiment with some things, and perhaps squeak out a good game here and there. Nope. After 90 minutes or so and the number of games played well into the double digits, I didn't have a single game over 3.5 minutes. After that session, I hate that game even more.
There are games that I do not play very well, but I can still get a good game here and there. Then, there are the games that just get my goat and when I have to play them in a tournament, well, let's just say that I'm not in a good mental state at the end of the round.
What strategies, if any, could be employed to do better on games that just you just can’t seem to play? Stay away from them? Accept your fate when someone chooses that game against you in a tournament? In my case, practice on these games does not make me better on it over time. In fact, it has the opposite effect...it makes me doubt myself even more afterward.
** Not the real name of a game I really struggle with so the people who compete against me do not learn my kryptonite.