Shuffleboard Tables – Games are challenging & enjoyed by everyone & now as popular as ever!
Shuffleboard can be traced back to England as early as 1532.
How to Play, How to Win
Table shuffleboard is also known as indoor shuffleboard. It’s a game in which players push metal weights down a long smooth table made from wood – into a scoring area at the other end of the table.
The players shoot directly with the hands, in contrast with the deck shuffleboard where players use cue sticks. Tables can be made of different wood finishes to go with your décor.
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Q: How long should a shuffleboard table be?
A: Regulation shuffleboard tables are 22 feet long and 20 inches wide.
Q: How much room do I need around the table?
A: If you buy your Olhausen or Legacy shuffleboard table at Nashville Billiard & Patio, our experts advise you to allow 2 feet of play on each side of the table. By so doing, you provide room to play very comfortably.
How to Play Indoor Shuffleboard
There are several ways to play indoor shuffleboard, such as:
- Horse Collar
- Tap and Draw
- Crazy Eight
- Knock Off
The most common shuffleboard table game is the Knock Off that you can play against another challenger or a two- player team. The goal is to knock your opponent’s ‘quoits’ off the board while keeping yours on the board. A ‘turn’ is when every player alternates in shuffling four metal quoits down the table.
Here’s the challenge:
The score is determined by where the quoit ends up.
A shuffleboard table is very slick and the quoit slides extremely easily. A skillful player gets good at controlling the speed and direction of the quoit so that it stops moving exactly where he wants it to!
Basic Shuffleboard Rules and Strategy
The first line is foul, and when the quoit fails to reach it or lands on the line, it tallies as zero. Anything between this line and the second one is one point. Between line two and three, it counts as two points. Amid line three and the back edge of the table, it is three points. In case the quoit hangs off the table’s back edge and fails to fall off, it is referred to as a hanger, and that is worth 4 points.
It is essential to note that a quoit ought to be entirely beyond a scoring line to count for that specific point value. Equipment such as the Legacy Billiards brand electronic scoring board unit aids in calculating the score during a game. If any section of the quoit is on the line, it tallies as one point less.
How to Win at Table Shuffleboard
To win, you must be the earliest participant or team to gain 21 points.
Moreover, your weights have to be farther down the board than those of your rival. You can achieve this by knocking off their weights or creating a great distance from them.
Whether you have played any shuffleboard games before or not, it may be time to learn some sophisticated tips and tricks that can enhance how you play. You can quite quickly employ the following shuffleboard strategies to improve your game:
- Account for the fact that the shuffleboard tables are not equal. Sometimes there may be a warped field. In such a case, you need to quickly learn how to prevent your weights from falling off the sides by making up for any curvature.
- Learn the weaknesses and strengths of your opponent. For instance, if they have a tendency to undershoot, you need not worry about knocking them off. As an alternative, focus on long, controlled shots.
- Another technique is to understand the speed of the table. Most times, shuffleboard dust is sprinkled on the table to decrease the friction that slows down the quoit. The more dust, the faster your quoits slide.
- When you throw first, you can place your quoit on the side of the board, instead of the middle. This tactic often makes it difficult for your opponent to throw it off the board.
- Use shooting techniques to gain more control. One such technique is applying ‘English’, which is ideal for individuals who use too much muscle in their shots. Do this by using your thumb and forefinger to apply backspin to your quoit so it does not fall over. Since this can slow it down, experiment with how much you want to apply.
- Get comfortable throwing the quoit with either hand. In so doing, you develop better skills to control the quoit’s speed and placement, to get an edge against your opponent.
- You can also use ‘side-wheeling’, which is a strategy where you shoot from the side of the table and guide the quoit with your third and fourth fingers. It offers you controlled shots that are tricky for the opponent to topple over.
How to Beat Your Shuffleboard Opponent
Remember that each shuffleboard table is different. For instance, Nashville Billiard & Patio offers a wide variety of models of the Legacy, Olhausen and Championship brands. Your opponents and the rules of the game may also change, depending on the region and your country, since it’s a very spontaneous and informal game. Your shuffleboard strategies should be flexible so that you can apply them when you feel that they will be most effective.
If you have any questions, or just want to play a game, to try it out, come on in and we’ll play!