Optimal placement of penalty kubbs

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asked Jun 16, 2012 by Dobbie Kubblic ❚ (6,450 points)
So, do you think there is an optimal placement for penalty (or punishment) kubbs? If so, where is it?

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answered Jun 17, 2012 by garrickvanburen Kubblic ❚ (7,390 points)
These days, my inclination is to place as far away from the rest of the kubb as possible, with a mild bias towards declaring an advantage line (but not enough of an advantage line to make it a more attractive target than the other field kubbs.)
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answered Jun 17, 2012 by thingles Kubblic ❚ (6,110 points)
Not an answer (yet) but this question makes me think that we need some system to talk about parts of the Kubb pitch. In Chess you can reference board locations. Something like that. Perhaps declaring the King 0,0 and then relative to it. Hmmm...
commented Jun 17, 2012 by anonymous
Meters in from the centerline is x, and meters from the sideline is y. Include L, R, or C for side.
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answered Jun 21, 2012 by THansenite Ironkubb ✭ (2,660 points)
For me, it really depends on who I am playing against.  If you think it is possible to "get in the player's head", I'll put the kubb a baton length behind the king.  If both players are right handed, I'll offset the kubb slightly to my right to give them less of a target to throw for.

If it is fairly early in the game with few kubbs in play, I'll put the kubb back, close to the baseline.  If the person is good at 8 meter shots, I may move it up to 7 meters as that can throw off people who are good at throwing those.

If there are many kubbs in play, I'll put the penalty closer to the center line, but on the opposite side of the basket.  By doing that, the other team has to either clear all of the fields, then make sure they have a baton left for the penalty (or even accidentally forget about the penalty...I've done that before) or they will have to tear their focus away from the basket to go for the penalty.  Either way, it eats up a baton going 1 for 1 or you get a good line if they need 6 batons to take care of the basket.
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answered Jun 21, 2012 by ChrisHodges Kubblic ❚ (7,300 points)
Need more info - this is totally situation dependant.


General rules I follow are:


At least half a meter from the sideline/and or baseline.

Not near to any other field or base kubbs.

Play to the opponent's 'weak' side

Don't place behind the King if they have an advantage line

Facing matters

Put it on flat ground if possible
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answered Jun 21, 2012 by C=mxcXKubbSection Ironkubb ✭ (1,330 points)
I rather think of it like this:

For most of the times, it's not appropriate to put any penalty Kubb behind the King, and when it is not, it is pretty easy and obvious to tell where to put it.

Then, we have the opportunities, when to put it behind the King?

If the general conditions are bad, for me this will be a strong indicator it might be profitable. If the wind is strong and tricky, if it's cold or/and wet, are some factors making me concider this place. Playing tournaments in bad weather conditions have given me this experience. I've seen good players hit the King, not beeing able to tell if it was a bad shot, or did the wind took the baton, or did it stuck in the hand because of all water, or was the grip around the baton hard for him because of cold and stiff fingers?

If I want the opponents to waist a stick or two before heading to another penalty Kubb where I feel comfortable with the distance, is another factor. If you place a penalty kubb just for the purpose of having the opponents to waist at least one, preferably two, batons, then I will concider this option.

A third factor is if the opponent, most likely to be the one to take the penalty Kubb out, throws with a larger angle on the baton when throwing. Then, as well, this could be a useful place to put a penalty Kubb.

The fourth factor is of course the over all standard of the opponents. Meeting rookies, I will also concider this option.