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Playing Under the Influence - 01-12-2020, 04:24 PM

Now that recreational marijuana is legal here in Illinois (of all places ) and a growing number of other states, and will likely soon be federally legal, I guess it's OK now to ask...

Is playing stoned good or bad for your game?

Sometimes a little during practice helps me focus and enjoy the process when my motivation flags. But I don't do it a lot for that because I don't want to need it for that.

On the other hand, in competition, even for fun, it's just a distraction for me.

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01-12-2020, 04:36 PM

Bad because you'd be easy to shark.
All your opponent would need to is dangle some Twinkies while you're shooting.


  
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01-12-2020, 04:40 PM

Anything that keeps you from playing totally clear headed or clear minded is never an aid unless you were
attempting to play under great stress or pain, either of which would interfere and distract from your play. In
any event, subscribing to better play using 420 preparation beforehand is not the way to play your best. I
live in CA so I know a lot about that of which I speak or more apropos, post about this topic.


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01-12-2020, 04:41 PM

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Bad because you'd be easy to shark.
All your opponent would need to is dangle some Twinkies while you're shooting.
Heck, I'm a sucker for twinkies even sober.

Oh, you mean the pastry... that too.

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01-12-2020, 04:48 PM

I was playing one pocket getting 9-7.
And I can play pretty good.
My opponent was stoned and kept going out to his car to toke up.
I really didn't care that he did this.
We played 7 games and I wound up stuck 2 games to a stoner.LOL


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01-12-2020, 05:00 PM

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Now that recreational marijuana is legal here in Illinois (of all places ) and a growing number of other states, and will likely soon be federally legal, I guess it's OK now to ask...

Is playing stoned good or bad for your game?

Sometimes a little during practice helps me focus and enjoy the process when my motivation flags. But I don't do it a lot for that because I don't want to need it for that.

On the other hand, in competition, even for fun, it's just a distraction for me.

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Its not good for my game, its great for it. Its great for everything. I am constantly stoned.
  
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01-12-2020, 05:14 PM

It is gonna vary a lot according to who we are talking about.
The “focus in” on each tiny detail seems to be a plus....
on the downside, EVERYTHING becomes so significant in all of the interactions with others,the group,the looks somebody gave,what did they “mean by that”.... very distracting to me, at least.

Wears me right out


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01-12-2020, 05:20 PM

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Its not good for my game, its great for it. Its great for everything. I am constantly stoned.
Do you play one pocket?


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puff puff pass - 01-12-2020, 05:28 PM

I indulge in the green every single night, 85% of the time it is followed by a few hours of pool. My personal opinion is that it has improved my overall game. There are facets of my game that I find easier to hone in to fix, things I wouldn't normally notice.

When not under the influence, my game does not suffer at all. Sometimes I won't even feel like playing pool, but then I go use the volcano to get lifted -- and it will just give me the motivation to want to start playing all of a sudden.

To me, as long as it doesn't become a crutch that you NEED in order to play well, you should be fine.
  
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01-12-2020, 05:31 PM

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Heck, I'm a sucker for twinkies even sober.

Oh, you mean the pastry... that too.

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Hot.. Itís like hit or miss for me. Sometimes it helps me easily get in the zone and play at my top level. I somehow feel ďon top of itĒ and I know Iím in stroke before I even start. Other times I am a complete basket case, overthinking, I canít keep steady, it just all falls apart.

Whenever Iím out playing someone for fun or practicing at the hall and I smoke I pretty much always play well. At home I can get to feeling a lil funny. Itís weird.

All that said Iíve learned not to smoke during a tournament or before a serious game. If Iím playing someone for hours itís ok to smoke once Iím already in the game, even if itís serious, but if I smoke before I start playing Iím more likely to get bogged down.

I rarely drink but if I do, I pretty much need to smoke to be able to tap into my pool skills.
  
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01-12-2020, 05:40 PM

I learned when I was younger smoking weed and shooting pool didn't mix well with me and I pissed a lot of guys off. Whenever the opponent would get down to shoot, I'd laugh my ass off. When I would shoot, I just couldn't stop chuckling when running out. It was fun, but for me I just got the giggles to much.

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Playing Under the Influence - 01-12-2020, 05:53 PM

When I first starting playing seriously at age 33 I was smoking nearly every time I played. I knew it was most likely detrimental to playing my best but I continued. My last league season after a hand injury I didnít partake and honestly I played better. Now that Iím playing again and increasingly becoming more serious I donít use. I might have a beer as the night is winding down during league but typically donít drink while playing.

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01-12-2020, 06:35 PM

I would advise against it.


I knew a fellow that thought he was a good boxer because he was in a position to befriend a lot of "professional boxers". It cost him azzwhippens till he realized he wasn't what he thought/wished he was.

Do you know anyone like the "wannabe" boxer in the pool world?

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01-12-2020, 06:43 PM

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I was playing one pocket getting 9-7.
And I can play pretty good.
My opponent was stoned and kept going out to his car to toke up.
I really didn't care that he did this.
We played 7 games and I wound up stuck 2 games to a stoner.LOL
I think you mis-counted, amigo.
  
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01-12-2020, 06:45 PM

I just hate the thought of orange cue balls.

You know, Cheetos dust.

Why would someone ask if drugs will make them play a sport better? It's like asking if you will drive better if you close your eyes.

The entire attraction of pot is that it makes you feel lackadaisical; you become pliable which is how the Govt wants you. That's why it's legal. That and the new revenue stream from taxing the crap out of it.

NOT because it's harmless.

PJ, I am NOT judging and don't care one bit if folks want to smoke every day. Truly don't care.

But don't hide your vices in a "better pool performance" wrapper because that's pure garbage.

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