An essential part of DI’ing is practicing. As we say “practice, practice and practice until you puke.”
As I have mentioned, I don’t tiptoe into anything. When I decided to give DI’ing a try, I jumped in with both feet. Through Heavy's site I found a few option for practice rigs. I ordered my practice rig from The Dice Coach. Eventually, I met and spent sometime with the Dice Coach – more on that later.
I can’t say enough good things about my purchasing experience or the quality of the rig. I think I had it up and running in about 10 minutes. This means it should take the average guy about 5 minutes. I need an extra 5 minutes for the four letter word I use when attempting to assemble anything.
I also ordered Heavy’s instructional DVD. I recommend getting it whether you can make it to one of his seminars or not. However, I do recommend you attend a seminar. Of course, this all depend how far and how fast you wanna go. If you can read and pick-up what we are attempting to do – more power to you.
Practice can be fun and frustrating at the same time. Hmmmm….OK lets back up a second.
The Pit Crews refer to us as Setters or Dice Setters. Why, because we set the dice. I set the dice for a reason. Every time the dice leave my fingers – they have been set. There are many different sets along with permutations of those set. I don’t know how deep I will get into writing about sets. All the other “writers” are more qualified to write about sets. Later as my learning progress, the actual sets that I would use and when would be come very important and rewarding ($).
As I read the material that came with the DVD, I discovered something that at first seemed a little frustrating and later I came to understand it and total believe in it. I was looking for a "how to" book.
And as you read this you’re thinking – well isn’t that what the DVD and seminar should be about? Go ahead say it – it what you’re thinking, and that’s what the DVD does --- BUT. What Heavy has figured out is that we are all different.
So I start reading about different ways to grip the dice, different ways to toss the dice, etc… So what is best for me isn’t necessarily best for you. So the guys on these two boards have never said to me “this” is the one and only way. I had to figure out the toss and grip that worked and felt most natural for me.
The grip and toss I started out with a year ago is long gone, as they should be. For me the toss and grips are an on going – ever evolving. I don’t make as many drastic changes today as I did – say last summer. Ok let's get back to practice on the practice rig.
I had an extremely hard time just getting the dice to stay on the practice rig. I’d toss the dice and they’d bounce all over the place. This is part of the frustration that practice can be for the beginner. But every now and then both dice would not only stay on the practice rig but the results would be 3-4, 2-5 or 1-6. What kind of fun is this ya toss the dice for 10 minutes and when the both finally stay in the receiving rig and the results are a 7!
TSOMM (The Spender Of My Money) thought I was going bald. And the four letter words!!! But then it would happen - the perfect toss. I’d set the 3’s on top (we call this the 3V set) and I’d toss the dice and they’d come to rest with the 3’s on top! This was long before I understood the concept of "Low, Slow and Easy." "Low, Slow and Easy" are the backbone(s) of the toss.
I still have the practice rig – I use it at work. And today I am almost in shock if the dice don’t stay on the rig.
My practice routine today: 30 minute to an hour in the mornings, I might even come home and toss some at lunchtime. And every night I practice. I have a 12-foot table in my study. (Like the Dice Coach I intend to cover my table in more detail in the future.) But, I am getting way ahead of my self.
Practice to me is pretty much a personal thing. I spend many hours practicing alone. I welcome anyone in the San Antonio area to contact and join me, anytime. At first your practice will be very flustering. If DI’ing was so easy everyone would and could be doing it.
Setting the dice isn’t all that difficult. Doing it in a quick and fluid motion takes many hours of practice. I have seen many a DI’er take way to much time setting the dice. This alone can bring “heat” from the Pit Crew, if not done quickly. Someone setting slow, slows down the game. There are sets of dice in my desk, and in all of my vehicles. While at a stoplight I will grab the dice and set them. Setting the dice at my desk is a great conversation piece or even an icebreaker.
I was to receive a phone call from WildChild and my DI’ing would take a dramatic turn, a turn for the better.
Lets recap real quickly: You new guys have found this site and signed up for the board, and you are ordering some reading material. You’ve figured out which practice rig is best for you and your budget. FYI: Many guys have built their own rigs and tables – Ask the questions and you might be surprised by the answers you get. Check out: the useful links page and visit some of the sites, some will have downloads and you can down load plans to build your own table. Or order them ready-made if you prefer.
Editors Note: As Dave has mentioned, practice is key to success at APC. if you aren't willing topractice you will not hold an advantage. There are several suppliers of practice materials, and free plans for building them yourself. Some of them are linked on our links page.