When I was eleven years old, it was a very good year, and I can remember my daily routine vividly. These were the years before I owned a Sony Playstation, and I used to venture to my friends house - everyday after school - to watch him play through Final...
On the iPad version, you don't actually have to pull back as far as you think (otherwise your thumb goes off the edge).
Use the catapult unless you're a masochist.
Upgrade your reload time unless you're a masochist.