(Topic ID: 130990)

The fastest way for us non-pros to get better scores

By TimeBandit

4 years ago

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  • 10 posts
  • 10 Pinsiders participating
  • Latest reply 4 years ago by blue95
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    #1 4 years ago

    Dead bounce more. I had a buddy over yesterday and we played plenty. I noticed he NEVER let the ball dead bounce off a flipper. I was wiping the floor with him scorewise, then strongly suggested he try harder to NOT flip. I swear, once he got his head around it and controlled the urge, he was INSTANTLY a better player. Scores matched up from then on. Amazing how binary the improvement was. Obviously a sample size of one is not statistically robust, but we both agreed it was pretty clear. He remains a better drinker than me.

    #2 4 years ago

    Buy a BSD, it forces you to become a better player. It worked for me, and anyone who plays mine swears that it has made them improve....dead bounces are almost necessary on BSD to get a decent score.

    #3 4 years ago

    NEVER hold the flippers up, soon as you have played the shot, let em drop! its that simple.

    #4 4 years ago

    Agreed dead bounce is a fundamental "skill" to get your head around. Also to slow down and try to hold the ball more before shooting - my accuracy improves dramatically when shooting from a stop.

    Not as important on all games, but punishing games like ACDC and Metallica accuracy is essential.

    #5 4 years ago

    Learn the rules.

    #6 4 years ago

    I'm no good, but when I pay attention to the basic flipper skills like dead bounce and live catch, I do tend to have my best games.

    #7 4 years ago

    Owning a tough game and learning to nudge have been the two biggies for me.

    #8 4 years ago

    I find there is a wide range of skill sets as people start to compete and there certainly isn't a universal answer to how each could improve.

    The fastest way to improve your scores, in my opinion, is to do the following: Find the best player(s) you can and play pinball with them. Ask them what you could focus on to improve your game. Practice what they suggest.


    #9 4 years ago

    I agree, but I would also add live catching to the list. Basically, anything you can do to slow that ball down and get control!

    #10 4 years ago

    Take the glass off

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