Shuffleboard is more than a way for your grandma to pass a Sunday afternoon. The internationally recognized sport — think curling but not on ice — has seven official clubs in Ohio. The renovated courts at Waters Park slide in to host the Akron Singles Open July 30-Aug. 1. Bob Sudomir, former president of the Ohio State Shuffleboard Association and 14-time national champion, tells us how to stick it to the competition.
EVEN THE PLAYING FIELD | Some courts aren't level, requiring more strategy, says Sudomir. "So you have to adjust your shots for the lean of the court."
PROTECT YOURSELF | Once you get a disc into a positive scoring area, try to create a buffer with your next disc. "A lot of better players like to try to knock the opponent's discs into the negative scoring area," says Sudomir.
MOVE ALONG | If your opponent succeeds in knocking your disc to the negative scoring area, Sudomir recommends leaving it there. "It's better to just forget about those negative points and continue working on trying to counterbalance them with positive points," he says.