Lary Faris began shuffling when he was three years old at Lakeside, Ohio, where his family had a summer home. He is now in his 75th year of shuffling. Needless to say he became one of the games top players and was inducted into the National Shuffleboard Hall of Fame in 1980, over 30 years ago. Since that time he has also been inducted into the International, Florida and Ohio Halls of Fame. No other male player has won more National Championship, 15, than Lary. He got involved with International Shuffleboard and had a perfect 11-0 record in Yokohama, Japan in 1988. From that point on, besides playing and writing, he became intricately involved with the scheduling of games in International Tournaments.
Lary starting writing weekly articles about “game situations” and other shuffleboard topics in 1989. These articles were printed in many Florida newspapers and Lary was known as the Shuffleboard Coach. He continued writing for 14 years, until 2003, creating about 700 articles. Many of us as shuffleboard players never had a chance to read the articles, but now we will get that opportunity. I know we will enjoy each and every one of them.
I consider Lary the ultimate Professional at everything he does and for all he has contributed to the game.........Earl Ball.
By Lary Faris
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Here’s a situation that I’m not sure how to handle. It comes up often and is part of the nitty-gritty of shuffling.

You’re playing tournament shuffleboard. It’s early in the game and the scores are even. It your outs, your opponents hammer.
You lead with a St. Pete pilot. You opponent tries to clear it and misses. You feel a little tickle inside you. Great, you now have the advantage.

You take your hiding shot. It doesn’t go in quite as far as you wanted but it’s a good seven and it’s half covered by the St. Pete.
Your opponent studies the situation and decides to not to knock out your seven but to snuggle it. She does exactly that.

Now what do you do against the perfect snuggle? Have you lost the advantage of the St. Pete? Can you re-establish your position, build on it? Or are you now minimizing your loss?
This is nitty-gritty shuffleboard. If you’re going to compete, you’ll face this situation. If you are going to win, you’ll need to be able to handle it.

Now I have to admit, I’m never really sure what to do myself. An opponent who snuggles well is a tough opponent for me. I’ll analyze the situation and then I’ll look for your answers too.

So, what are the possibilities?
1)Hit the snuggled discs hard and get all three off the board.
2)Hide an eight.
3)Hit the black seven, the snuggler, on the outside (left side) and try to put it in the kitchen.
4)Set A Tampa pilot.
5)Cover the two discs with what amounts to an opponent’s Tampa.
6)Score on the opposite side.

Clearing the sevens (1) gets rid of the problem of the snuggle but also gives up the advantage gained from the original missed clearing shot. It’s a safe shot.

Hiding an eight (2) looks good. It keeps you in a block stealing position. If you think you can do it, do it. The problem is that you didn’t get the seven completely hidden on your previous shot. Does that mean the discs won’t go in behind a St. Pete because of a drift? If that is true, the eight won’t either. Yet another half hidden disc too bad. This is a decent choice.

Hitting the snuggling seven for the kitchen (3) is great if you can do it, and the shooter mayroll to hidden seven. Wow. Let your opponent take a look at your fourteen and his ten-off against you. I’d leave this for the super shooters. It’s too risky for me.

A Tampa (4) is interesting. You’re blocking up the head of the court on your opponents hammer and creating a hiding route for yourself. Try it and see what happens.
Cover the discs with an opponent’s Tampa (5). This doesn’t do much.

Score on the opposite side (6). Why get into a board game on your opponent’s hammer?
Sadly, Lary Faris passed away April 25th, 2017

I will continue to publish Lary's articles until I complete the second round of posting
See, it’s a very difficult choice. I think the next time I see this, I’ll try to hide an eight (2) unless the court is really against me. Then again, I might play it safe and clear the seven (1). But hitting the snuggler looks so good (3), maybe I’ll try that on a really good day.

What would you do? Remember, this is nitty-gritty shuffleboard. It will happen.