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I've gone from thinking that a pinky count is impossible for any human to perform to the point where I can do it pretty well.

The key to learning this was the following:

1.  Someone suggested that I start with a packet of 10 cards and learn to PC with that packet.  Then add a few cards each day.  This was by far the most important ingredient to my success.

2. I also made sure I practiced almost every day.  Fire up Netflix and sit yourself in front of a Cheers re-run with your deck of cards and start your pinky counting!

3. I made sure I wasn't just trying to PC two cards and then starting over.  I'd instead count 10 or 15 cards, and then "actually count" them to make sure I popped off the right number of cards.  In other words, I might think I PC-ed 10 cards but in fact ended up with 12.

4. Someone in a Saturday Session recommended getting a Gripmaster Pro Edition.  This seemed to help a little, but I think I got one that was too difficult.  I bought the "Extra Heavy" one, which I can indeed squeeze closed, but that's with all my fingers working at once.  I think I should've gotten a much easier one so I could just work my pinky instead.

This should make my DL much better... Are there other uses for the PC that you guys find important?

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Anthony Vinson

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Outstanding! Welcome to the club. 

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Congratulations! I struggled a bit to learn it (certainly took me a couple months), but use it all the time now. As a "get-ready" for a DL, and also to count three or four for exchanges/switches. For false-counts - pinky-count four, then thumb over two singles and you're ready to push over a double (counting four as three, more or less - getting the "dirty-work" over before I need it makes me relax more). 

I'm not quick enough to count more than maybe 6 or 7 to make it practical, but I am trying to work on using it as a "placement" for some tricks (counting cards for a bluff-pass and then using a slough-off faro, for example). 

I like the pinky-count, happy to have spent the time on it. The idea of using smaller packets seems good - didn't try that, but will. Maybe it'll help the speed for higher numbers, thanks for the tip!
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Clemens Ilgner

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Very good!

I especially like the fact that you figured out point 2. I studied classical Music at the University of Arts Berlin. My professor (the former principal trumpetplayer of the Berlin Philharmonic) always told me:

‚It is always better to practice 15 minutes with full concentration than 1h without. Also it is better to practice 10 minutes a day than 70 minutes once a week.´

All the best, Clemens
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Mbreggar

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Excellent! I’m still working on the cross-cut force!
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Excellent! I’m still working on the cross-cut force!


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Bill Guinee

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My big breakthrough finally came when I realized I needed to have the cards further up (away from the palm) in my hand. Obvious, but I had struggled for a long time before getting it.
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