Whether you are playing indoor or outdoor shuffleboard, they are fun games that anyone can play. The object of both games are actually pretty simple. You need to keep your pucks on the table in indoor shuffleboard and your discs on the court in outdoor shuffleboard. However, the rules differ a bit, and you need to make sure that you know what you’re doing to win. Read on below for some of the rules of indoor table shuffleboard and some table shuffleboard tips you can follow to improve your game at both.
How to Play Indoor Shuffleboard
Indoor shuffleboard is quite a bit different from outdoor shuffleboard. With indoor shuffleboard, you have a shuffleboard table that has pucks on it. The game can be played by two to four players, and you use your hand to push the puck gently from one side of the table to the other.
Who begins the game first is normally determined by a coin toss. Once the player rotation is determined, each player stands at the same end of the table to start the game. The player who won the coin toss pushes their puck and starts it on its journey to the end of the shuffleboard table. The object is to get your puck as far as possible into the scoring zone without it falling off the table and into the alley below.
After your turn is completed, your opponent then takes their turn, and you alternate until both of you have used all four of your pucks. The fun in the game is to try to knock your competitions puck off the board into the alley and trying to get the highest amount of points. Once the round has ended, you can either keep going to a predetermined amount of points or add up the points and end it there. The person with the most points wins the game!
Table Shuffleboard Tips
If you are going to play indoor shuffleboard you want to be the best at it. Read on below for some tips to help you along the way.
Handling the Puck
How you handle the puck is one of the most important techniques to learn if you want to win. You need to hold the puck with your dominant hand to ensure that it travels in the right direction. Cover the top of the puck with your palm and keep your thumb behind the puck. Do not let your fingers touch the tabletop, then make sure you get a feel for the table you are playing on. To shoot, simply extend your elbow and push the puck in the direction you are aiming for.
Unless you are already a pro at table shuffleboard, you will want to practice a lot with the basic steps. Once you are comfortable with the basics, then you can try more advanced techniques such as:
The English Backspin – This is where you apply back or side spin to the puck to slow it down and stop accelerating off the table. You hold the puck on the sides with your thumb and forefinger and apply pressure or force which results in the puck moving forward and spinning anti-clockwise.
The Bump Up Shot – This is where you push your puck into another one of your pucks to move the puck you hit into a better position.
The Stick Up Shot – This is similar to the Bump Up shot however you are hitting the opponents puck to try to move that to a worse position or off the board whilst stopping your puck in the scoring zone.