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About Challenge Shootouts

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This is the first posting for the "CHALLENGE SHOOTOUTS" blog. It is copied over from my personal blog on

Use these table layouts as challenges to test yourself or against your buddies.

PURPOSE: Setup and shoot the layout three (or 5) times and record your score (see below). Ask a buddy (or several) to shoot the same shot. Compare scores. Pay the pot to the winner.

Each Challenge Shootout will include setup and scoring information.

Challenge your buddies

Besides checking out your personal skills with the layout, get a few buddies together and put some money on the shooting and scoring results - say, 25 cents per turn per person, with the pot going to the first person to get a perfect 10 points.

Or there can be a round robin of, say, five innings. Everyone shoots an inning, marks their score, then repeats five times. Person with the highest score gets the pot.

(You can also handicap this - i.e., a beginner might begin with 20 points, an intermediate with 10 points, and a good player at 0.)