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10-10-2019, 09:08 AM

I gotta have a million balls hit at snooker.
Might be close to that at pool.
Maybe a hundred thousand at 3-cushion.

I worked at a pro shop for 6 years...so if I add golf balls...it’s ZILLIONS

pt...when I played a round of golf I tried to hit as few as possible


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10-10-2019, 09:10 AM

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It isn't universally accepted as truth, but the author who proposed it (Malcolm Gladwell) says it's to "master" a skill.

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10-10-2019, 09:11 AM

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just thinking about my time served on a pool table
years I've played, years I haven't
what life was like and
how I felt about the game
fun to think about

and after some sure(ly inaccurate) pondering
I came up with 30,000..just a bit off from a mil

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10-10-2019, 09:12 AM

All 15 of them, even made the CB a few times.
  
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10-10-2019, 09:24 AM

About the 10,000 hours. The author of the original study disagrees with some of what the Gladwell books say.

And it's not just playing or knocking balls around -- it's 10,000 hours of directed practice, like working on specific weaknesses and doing drills that force you to think through game situations, and with a coach to keep you on the right track.

I suspect there are under 100 such 10,000-hour pool players in the world.

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10-10-2019, 09:30 AM

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About the 10,000 hours. The author of the original study disagrees with some of what the Gladwell books say.

And it's not just playing or knocking balls around -- it's 10,000 hours of directed practice, like working on specific weaknesses and doing drills that force you to think through game situations, and with a coach to keep you on the right track.

I suspect there are under 100 such 10,000-hour pool players in the world.

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10-10-2019, 09:32 AM

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...it's not just playing or knocking balls around -- it's 10,000 hours of directed practice, like working on specific weaknesses and doing drills that force you to think through game situations, and with a coach to keep you on the right track.
OK, well, by that definition I've hit maybe as many as, oh... say, zero balls.

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10-10-2019, 09:37 AM

One.

Same one every time.


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10-10-2019, 09:41 AM

Over a million without question.


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10-10-2019, 10:16 AM

Good question. I'ma try to ballpark it.

The last 5 years I've averaged about 15 hrs/week. I'd guess about 100 balls per hour playing mostly fast opponents (maybe a bit less, but it makes for easy math), so 250 weeks x 15 hrs/ week x 100 bph = 375000 balls hit.

Before that I had taken about 7 years off, so 0 balls hit.

The 1st 12 years I played I probably averaged 25 hrs/week and 70 balls/hr playing slower opponents. 624 weeks x 25 hrs/ week x 70bph = 1092000.

375000 + 1092000 = 1,467,000.

Wow, that's pretty crazy. Ballpark 1.5 million balls. I'd have guessed way less.

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Edit. In thinking about it, my balls per hour would be me and opponent combined, so I think I have to divide by 2. 733500. Not a million yet, but getting close-ish.

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Grady Matthews - 10-10-2019, 11:06 AM

If any of you knew him, he Was very good with numbers, cards etc. Grady never sat, he always was doing something if he wasn't on the table/$$$$.
Early seventies I heard this question, and here is his reply.

To become a top player, you have had to of hit at least 2 million balls. No one ever disagreed with that.

I know during my Real addiction College/Varner years, I played 60 hours a week for 2 1/2 years straight, and did not finish school .

Didn't come up for air very often during that stretch, and Johnston City was around, every Fall at Janscos Show Bar.


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10-10-2019, 11:53 AM

I can't ball park it. It has to be millions. Pla ying since twelve. Three nights a week as a teenager. Worked at the pool hall for over a year and got paid to practice. Joined the Marines and spent four years in socal with a gold crown in the barracks. A layoff for seven years of serious play, although I did hit a lot of balls socially in that time. I've been playing and practicing two nights a week for the last eleven years. For five years in that period I would play for an hour everyday after work before I had to get to day care on top of two nights a week.

A good portion of my playing is solo practice. I practice at a pretty quick pace. Not exactly earl or jayson fast, but I'd certainly beat a shot a clock.

Easily millions.

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10-10-2019, 12:33 PM

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Following this model:

3x a week, I hit 200 balls roughly, not accounting my down time from rage quitting
so I'll make it a modest 75 balls/wk.

x 42 weeks (for the times I know I don't play.....)
x 25 years play time (since 9years old) then account for the years I completely didn't play at all........ so 15 years to be modest.....


47,250 balls hit - it seems like a fair number. my guess is I'll need to ramp that up over 100,000 to get over the depressing 540 FR number looming in my 196 robustness.
3 x 200 x 42 x 15 = 378,000 ... how does 3 x 200 = 75 balls a week?


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3x a week, I hit 200 balls roughly, not accounting my down time from rage quitting
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