Sure, picking teams can take you back to your schoolyard days, but when it comes to selecting a shuffleboard partner, the perfect choice doesn’t always come down to physical ability. In fact, someone with smarts might have better odds at succeeding on the shuffleboard table. So how do you do it? How do you pick the perfect person to play with? Follow along to increase your ability to win and have fun while playing shuffleboard.
Shuffleboard has always been a game where the priority has been about fun over winning, so it’s important to have a partner whose spirit matches this sentiment. Try to choose a partner who cares enough to win, but won’t throw a hissy fit when you make a bad move and lose. After all, you want to be able to relax, drink a few beers and unwind amongst friends playing a fun game of shuffleboard.
Knowledge of the Game
In order to play an official game, it’s good to have a partner who has some basic knowledge of what’s happening on the shuffleboard table. Say you are at the other end of the table, you throw a hanger and your partner only scores it as three points, instead of four. While it might not seem like a big deal, it could end up causing you the win.
Note: Someone who doesn’t understand can still be a great partner. If you’re trying to educate someone, you can still have a fun time and feel free to use our shuffleboard rules as your guide for training.
Passion Over Technique
Nothing is worst than having a teammate who can slay on the shuffleboard table, but then they act flippant about the game in general. Whether it’s trash talking your opponents or just not really caring much in general, you don’t want to be associated with anyone who has a sour attitude. Try and pick a partner that has a passion for winning, but doesn’t let it get in the way of a good time.
Always Pick A Shuffleboard Owner
Want to get some extra practice in? Don’t own your own shuffleboard table yet? Picking somebody that owns their own shuffleboard table is always a surefire way to get an advantage. Get some extra practice in on the table before your competition gets there, in addition to the added benefit of your partner’s prowess.
Shuffleboard is a pastime that is all about having a good, clean fun. A great partner will always have this in mind and never chastise you for any bad throws you make. Keep things simple, choose someone that you will enjoy playing with and don’t worry too much about winning. Happy shuffleboarding!