Archive for May, 2012
I’ve said it before, that if you have been playing pool for any length of time, you know that one idea can make a big difference in your game.
Some ideas may work for you more than others. That’s one reason why you want to constantly be on the lookout and search for the golden nuggets… here is one such nugget. See how it works for you.
The back story includes my grandfather Pop’s philosophy that the cue ball is the only ball on the table… the only ball that matters. He would tell me that anyone can make a shot, but it’s the player who can control the cue ball who controls the game. And I’ll add to that shot making should become a given, of course you must pocket the ball consistently.
Now, when I was training with the late, great Jason Bowie in the Washington, DC area about 14 years ago, one of our lessons was that the object ball was simply the “first rail” that the cue ball had to contact en route to its destination. I loved this concept! It puts all the emphasis on the cue ball into your stroke and helps you mentally “assume” that you are making the object ball. Of course the cue ball will react differently off of an object ball but the idea is interesting and potentially very helpful. Just go test and see how it changes or helps your game, and if your cue ball control becomes better. Remember, the cue ball is the only ball on the table!
Thanks Jason for that tip. You are greatly missed but your legend lives on!
See you soon…
Once you have created and mastered your fundamentals, being able to hook them up with confidence into every shot can make you a champion. Many pool players have so much movement in their stance during delivery of the cue that it is laughable when compared to snooker players. Why make it so hard on yourself to be great? Why not just realize that you have got to stay still, and start staying still when you stroke your shot?
Watch this video of 7 time World Snooker Champion Stephen Hendry run a 147 at the recent 2012 World Snooker Championship (broght to my attention by Daniel Busch of povpool.com)
Watch how once he decides what to do, he just gets down into his stance perfectly and is ready to make the shot and move on to the next one. Also, when he shoots he does not jump up, he stays down as if to exaggerate good form.
Whatever your fundamentals are, it is important to master them and position yourself into the shot with accuracy and confidence. Do this and you will become better in an hour for the rest of your life. You will beat players you only dreamed of beating before. You will transform yourself into a champion.
See you soon,
If you are reading this, you want to be a better pool player. Either you are already a champion and just want to win even more, or you know that you have what it takes to make it happen, and you just need to keep getting those little edges to advance your game. Ok so that’s why I’ve made this little checklist for you today to help you make sure you are moving forward.
Here are four things that champions consistently do that allow them to keep winning, or at least win as much as possible…and that help them to keep improving.
Number 1: Champions have clear intentions of their outcome. They know where they want to make the ball, where they want the cue ball to land, and how they plan to get it there. Champion pool players live in a universe of specificity when it come to what they are doing on the table. the more specific, the higher their success will tend to be. Also they know what they want to accomplish in a event… instead of saying “Oh I want to do pretty good,” they will say something like “How big is my first place check going to be?” Instead of saying “I want the cue ball to be somewhere over there,” they say “I want the cue ball to land right there.”
Number 2: Champions stay focused on what they want. Instead of allowing their mind to wander into the bad things that could happen, they become good at deciding and then staying focused on their desired outcome.
Number 3: Champions continually put in the work to develop or maintain the skills necessary to tackle all situations. If and if there is something they don’t know, they are eager to learn a new technique or shot.
Number 4: If something goes wrong, champions do not dwell on it, instead they get focused back into their goals and into a positive solution to fix the situation from that moment. So if they miss a shot, they might get mad, but they know they better be ready soon to respond with the good stuff in their next opportunity.
Think and act like a champion and guess what… you will become one!
Great shooting and see you soon…