Interview with Eric Anderson

I was live interviewed by Eric Anderson, director of the documentary Way of the Puck. On his blog we discuss training, discipline and touch on marketing. If you’d like to read a transcript of our chat, check it out here:

http://wayofthepuck.com

Thanks Eric!

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I have something to say, to dozens of people ;)

Billy Stubbs practicing.

I’ve been practicing air hockey for five days a week, two-and-half hours each practice session, plus additional cross-training and film study for the past two years – with essentially no time off. No breaks during the holidays or in sickness, just playing and studying air hockey a lot. I’ve done this in a very serious manner, trying to rival the practice regimen of professional table tennis and baseball players. And you know what? It worked. I am now a 3-time world champion. I have won the last two world championships, stacked up a pretty impressive match record and won the last six consecutive major tournaments. Even at the age of 38, I am actually better now than I was six months ago and the same can be said of any preceding six months during this two-year period. So, I thought that I would start sharing some of the key learnings that I have had over the last two years. In this blog, I will breakdown everything that I know about air hockey, from high-level strategy to detailed-level execution.

My first few posts will cover:

  • The top 10 most common mistakes in air hockey
  • Physical chess (running multiple attacks at the same time)
  • Defensive nuances (charge frequency and the floating triangle)
  • Left wing vs. right wing offense
  • Right-wall-under/over and cut release mechanics
  • Shot sequencing and selection
  • Structuring an offense vs. unfamiliar opponents
  • The stop-n-go
  • Acceptable levels of unforced and forced errors