Menkes van den Briel achieves another excellent score
on the BATAK Pro machine!
interview with Menkes van den Briel...
do you train normally and what sports do you
used to run with a group, play pickup soccer,
and play softball and volleyball in a city league
every week (all at a recreational level). Before
that, I used to do a lot of track-and-field
and tennis. Now, however, I don't play as much
sports as I would like to, but I plan on picking
up a game or two to play on a regular basis.
your opinion, what type of diet is best for
I don't consider myself a sports athlete and
I am certainly not a dietician, but I used to
eat, and still do, a lot of high carbohydrate
foods (whole wheat bread, pasta and rice). Is
this the best diet for sports athletes, I don't
know. A balanced diet (getting enough of everything)
is always a good thing, and beyond that it will
depend somewhat on the type of sport you do
(endurance versus strength).
you got any tips or techniques in the way that
you play BATAK to achieve such a high score?
Minimise your movements (2) Let your arms do
most of the work, and (3) Be fast! There are
two things about getting faster. First, is just
to go faster. Obviously, this is easier said
than done, when I try to go faster I sometimes
hurt my finger tips by hitting the frame instead
of the target. Second, try not to slow down.
Corner targets, especially the ones below, easily
get me out of my momentum. You can't avoid them
so just keep on going and try and pick up a
fast streak until you hear "Time Out".
do you perform on the other BATAK programs?
far, I have only played the accumulator (both
30 seconds and 60 seconds) and the Batakathon
I have not yet tried my best on the Batakathon,
my current record on the accumulator is 79 points
BATAK score would you say is the most a person
could ever physically achieve in 60 seconds?
I am guessing that a score in the low
160s may be achievable. I don't think
I will ever reach that score, but there are
always people who are able to do the seemingly