Your Pool Game as Art…

Well I just spent the last couple of days down in South Beach, Miami, to visit the annual Art Basel show at the Miami Convention Center.  It’s always interesting to see different styles of art, from chaotic paint splashes to completely precise works of CAD quality, technical drafting like works.  As an artist, I tend towards a precise rendition of whatever I am trying to render, yet on occasion like to let loose with some wild paint splattering pieces just for a change and to see what happens.  For me, it feels good not to be stuck in any one style. In playing pool, I also tend towards a very technical and precise style of playing and running out.  It’s nice to plod along making your shots, staying on the right side of the ball and pretty close to your work (the next object ball).  As with art though, I just have to let loose and play real fast once in a while and do things just for the fun of it to see what happens.  This stretches your abilities by forcing you to be tidy and efficient and exposing any weaknesses, and it helps increase confidence by showing yourself just what you are capable of in a short amount of time.  It is also just plain fun to have fun with the game beyond the normal fun of running the table. So the lesson today in approaching your pool game as art, is to switch styles once in a while.  If you always play fast and freewheel, slow down and play more precise.  Instead of going for a...

Snow Bird Pool Player

Well after sensing the cold coming on up in northern Virginia I finally had to pack my car and head south for the winter. Had a great visit for a few months with my little sister Katey and step dad Tom. Also got to hang out with lots of my old friends from the mid Atlantic area like Paul Oh who I’ve known since we met in a late tournament match in the ACU-I region 7 event in my senior year at JMU. He had been away from pool for years and I’m happy to see that he is getting back into it as he’s got talent. He also sponsored me into the US Open 9-Ball this October which was a blast. Was also cool to see my ole best friend John Schaefer, his wife Sandy, and their beautiful four kids. And got to revisit with his folks George and Mary Ann who are like another set of parents to me. Met a lot of new friends around northern Virginia like QBong and Kimberly. Too much late night Korean food has helped me keep on the weight I’ve gained in the last year so discipline, and exercise are on the itinerary for the next long stretch of time! It’s been a long crazy year of criss-crossing the USA from Idaho to Colorado, California to Texas, Ohio to Vermont and Montreal, DC to NYC, and now down to Florida to keep my fingers warm, get tons of work done, play lots of pool, and visit with my two great cousins Ed and Matthew Hardesty here on their mossy Oak filled...