Con­quer at conkers

Australian T3 - - TECHLIFE -

St John Bur­kett, or­gan­iser for the World Conker Cham­pi­onships, swings his best, vine­gar-har­dened tips

at our favourite past-time… 1/ Any­one can win a conker match with the right nut, but there’s still a tech­nique to the game. In the World Cham­pi­onships, conkers are drawn blind from a bag. 2/ Start by work­ing on ac­cu­racy. The best play­ers set up a prac­tice rig and store a sup­ply of conkers in the freezer so they can prac­tice all year. You can use an old squash ball if

you’re out of conkers. 3/ Sweat your tech­nique. Favourites in­clude the Southwick Sidewinder, where the conker is hit from the side with power; the Barn­well Bomb – a down­ward swipe with as much force as you can give it – and the Oun­dle Chop, where you try to chip

away at your op­po­nent’s conker with lit­tle taps. 4/ You have just five min­utes to knock your foe’s bat­tle ch­est­nut from its string, and can be dis­qual­i­fied for not try­ing to hit his brown fruit – for ex­am­ple, if yours has a crack in it. 5/ After that, the game moves to a “penalty shootout”: three rounds of three shots with the win­ner be­ing the one who makes most con­tacts with their ri­val’s sa­cred orb – this is

where the great play­ers show they are truly nerve­less.

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