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09-05-2012, 08:50 AM

When I posted earlier, I was a bit vague in my answer. After reading some of the other responses and then thinking some more about my own game, I have figured out a few things.
First of all, I moved forward on my cue, shortening my bridge giving my better control of my stroke.
Then I broadened my horizons... I was strictly a 9 foot table 1 pocket player. I was scared of rotation pool because I couldn't get out. I started practicing and playing 9 ball and 10 ball on a barbox. I quit relying on an aiming system for every shot. Now I just seem to know if I'm lined up right and if I'm going to miss or make the shot. I started using a preshot routine for every shot and visualizing every shot before I get down to shoot. Now, the only time I revert to the aiming system is on very difficult shots.
I stopped trying to play perfect position and started playing better angles. This eventually led to better position. Adopting this strategy allowed me to get out way more often.
The biggest thing I did was change my attitude. I quit griping about bad rolls and took credit for my mistakes. I realized that in reality, there are very, very few bad rolls. What most players call a bad roll is merely the result of bad execution or decision making. This change of attitude led to me finding my heart and passion for the game which I had lost many years ago. Getting that passion back gave me the drive and motivation to improve my game from maybe a "D" to maybe a "B" and still improving. I still make plenty of mistakes and have a little trouble with CB control when switching from big to small tables or vice-versa. Those are the things I am currently working to fix.
I still love to play 1 pocket on 9 footers, but I am no longer limited to "the old man's game." I'm really enjoying pool in general these days. Playing the best I've ever played probably has something to do with that, lol!


--------------------------------------------- I don't hate the game, I just hate the way I play!
  
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