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10-03-2017, 11:00 AM

I just went through it myself. Read the first few chapters of "The 8 ball book" by the Monk. Shoot the drills and that will improve your stroke and hone the basic fundamentals we often forget.

Once your stroke is off, and your confidence is gone, you might as well hang it up. It just wont come back on it's own. Also, I wont be surprised to see that once you come out of your slump you will be shooting quite a few balls better than you were.
  
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10-21-2017, 05:49 AM

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Thank you, John. Appreciate it.

Lou Figueroa
Last piece of the puzzle came back Thursday night. It's something that I rediscovered about myself. Turns out I'm very much a rhythm player, which all gets backs to my pre-shot routine, just as you'd said. I've been concentrating on fundamentals so much that I completely threw off my rhythm, especially because I've started playing with guys who are MUCH better than I am, and it's thrown off my confidence and my rhythm got all screwed up.

When I finally got back into my rhythm, I actually started shooting much better. Not great...I've got a ways to go, but when I'm in my rhythm, the negative thoughts stay out of my head and I just shoot.

It's the last 5 or 10 seconds that seems to make all the difference. That time from when I decide exactly what I want to do to actually getting down and pulling the trigger. There's a very definite rhythm there that puts me in my happy place.

Watching Mark K. play made me aware of it. Even if he takes 30 seconds scratching his head before the shot, once the decision is made everything else happens like clockwork.
  
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10-23-2017, 06:37 AM

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Last piece of the puzzle came back Thursday night. It's something that I rediscovered about myself. Turns out I'm very much a rhythm player, which all gets backs to my pre-shot routine, just as you'd said. I've been concentrating on fundamentals so much that I completely threw off my rhythm, especially because I've started playing with guys who are MUCH better than I am, and it's thrown off my confidence and my rhythm got all screwed up.

When I finally got back into my rhythm, I actually started shooting much better. Not great...I've got a ways to go, but when I'm in my rhythm, the negative thoughts stay out of my head and I just shoot.

It's the last 5 or 10 seconds that seems to make all the difference. That time from when I decide exactly what I want to do to actually getting down and pulling the trigger. There's a very definite rhythm there that puts me in my happy place.

Watching Mark K. play made me aware of it. Even if he takes 30 seconds scratching his head before the shot, once the decision is made everything else happens like clockwork.

Yes, timing can be key.

I think every player has a certain rhythm that works best for them for all their body parts to "unfold" and assume their position at the table before each shot. Introducing hesitation, pauses, and/or a slower tempo can easily throw things out of whack. By the same token, shooting too fast is never a good idea either.

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10-23-2017, 01:19 PM

Try to lock on Aiming Line. Try to put some emphasis to bridge hand position(basically lining the shot-just little focus also for bridge placement) related to aiming line. If you focus just sending cueball on certain direction, not to the cut, then stroke will get straight and true.


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11-23-2017, 05:52 AM

Ignore all this advice
quit playing before straight pool destroys you forever

i have never had anything but trouble playing straight pool

shots that are easy in other games are hard in straight pool


I think it is someting in my head
I start thinking where the cue ball is going and then i miss every ball i shoot

Flee before it gets worse

Practice 9 ball,relax the mind,get use to long shots,free the stroke
forget the ones you miss,being a banger is not all that bad for you

think about it this way,
straight bool is for pool players

pool players are broke

therefore quit before you go broke

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11-23-2017, 05:59 AM

figuera

i can tell from your articles that you know a lot about pool
it is as obvious as can be

what i can not see is how you talked a novice like JB into playing you even

I would like to see you write a book on "Bamboozling and Matching Up"

How do you get a novice to play a pro enen
when he should be getting 8 to5 and the break

I admire a salesman

What I can not figure out is why you didn't play
when he offered to try again

I would have staked the game if I had time to check
your references out

SOP

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11-23-2017, 07:44 AM

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figuera

i can tell from your articles that you know a lot about pool
it is as obvious as can be

what i can not see is how you talked a novice like JB into playing you even

I would like to see you write a book on "Bamboozling and Matching Up"

How do you get a novice to play a pro enen
when he should be getting 8 to5 and the break

I admire a salesman

What I can not figure out is why you didn't play
when he offered to try again

I would have staked the game if I had time to check
your references out

SOP

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never personal

lol. John talked hisself into that match. I didn't have to do much of anything.

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11-24-2017, 08:24 AM

hi lou

i felt like rattling your chain
just for fun

hope you get to play again
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hi lou

i felt like rattling your chain
just for fun

hope you get to play again
dean

oh, I know you was just funnin'.

As to a rematch, we'll see. My knees are finally healing -- two torn meniscuses. I can almost stand right at the table again. We'll see.

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