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Strategy when not in top form - 07-25-2019, 09:00 AM

Do you have a physical or mental key?
Is it different for big stakes?
When itís not important does that require a different strategy?

Everything is situational.
Tell us the situation and your "go to".
  
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07-25-2019, 09:12 AM

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Do you have a physical or mental key?
Is it different for big stakes?
When itís not important does that require a different strategy?

Everything is situational.
Tell us the situation and your "go to".
SLOW DOWN and get a good pre-shot routine established. Play 'cinch' pool aka make the damn ball. Take tougher shape if you have to.
  
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07-25-2019, 09:20 AM

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SLOW DOWN and get a good pre-shot routine established. Play 'cinch' pool aka make the damn ball. Take tougher shape if you have to.
When you slow down what do you do or think about in the time you created?
What does "get a good pre-shot routine established" entail?
  
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07-25-2019, 09:26 AM

On a bad dayI think it is wise to ply more conservative...
...and shorten your stroke.

Canadaís best snooker player when I was a kid....we used to say...
On a good day he runs hundreds on you...on a bad day, you donít get to see a ball.


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07-25-2019, 09:50 AM

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On a bad dayI think it is wise to ply more conservative...
...and shorten your stroke.

Canadaís best snooker player when I was a kid....we used to say...
On a good day he runs hundreds on you...on a bad day, you donít get to see a ball.
Interpreting the first part about being conservative as about playing within yourself and taking what the table gives you, to parrot a couple of old cliches.

As to Cliff and his micro-stroke, it also set up from a long way back from the cue ball. Feeling cramped just thinking about it. Although I donít have a particularly long stroke to start with. Probably is good advise for longer backswings.
  
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07-25-2019, 10:02 AM

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Interpreting the first part about being conservative as about playing within yourself and taking what the table gives you, to parrot a couple of old cliches.

As to Cliff and his micro-stroke, it also set up from a long way back from the cue ball. Feeling cramped just thinking about it. Although I donít have a particularly long stroke to start with. Probably is good advise for longer backswings.
Canadaís best player when I was a kid was George Chenier.

Cliff Thorburn eventually became Canadaís best player ever.

Cliff and George are in Canadaís Sports Hall of Fame.


Personally, Iíve three-fouled a lot more players on a bad day


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Pre-Shot - 07-25-2019, 10:58 AM

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What does "get a good pre-shot routine established" entail?
I actually wrote my pre-shot routine down, then built on it for about a week and eventually pared it down to where it is now. I still have it in my notes on my phone and occasionally look at it when I'm not playing well and stuck in my chair.
  
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07-25-2019, 12:11 PM

I play the same whether I’m playing good or bad. I know what I’m capable of and although I may not be in top form I still believe I can do it.

The last two tournaments I’ve played in I finished just out of the money simply because I didn’t play at my normal level. Both tournaments were handicapped and I was the highest rated played in both tournaments. Even tough I didn’t play welll in either I know it was my own fault.
  
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Slow down and shoot softer.
  
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07-25-2019, 12:22 PM

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When you slow down what do you do or think about in the time you created?
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Do EVERYTHING the same pre-shot. The way you chalk, aim, addressing the ball, etc. All the things you do pre-shot should be fairly regimented. By doing this you will approach shots as just shots, not hard or easy. Watch pro golfers, they all have a routine and the good ones stick to it. Comes in handy when under the gun.
  
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07-25-2019, 01:04 PM

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Slow down and shoot softer.
I fear that most players need to finish their strokes and that shooting soft might not work for them. Slowing down creates a time void that needs to be addressed. Activation levels are easily disrupted. A preshot routine tends to be about the orchestration of physical actions. There is a timing to that. Maybe a mental preshot needs to be part of the package for coping. A choreographed way to get to the slower softer place you suggest.

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I fear that most players need to finish their strokes and that shooting soft might not work for them. Slowing down creates a time void that needs to be addressed. Activation levels are easily disrupted. A preshot routine tends to be about the orchestration of physical actions. There is a timing to that. Maybe a mental preshot needs to be part of the package for coping. A choreographed way to get to the slower softer place you suggest.

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Its not so much slowing down but maintaining your tempo. Its VERY easy to speed-up when doubt/tension creep in. A good psr helps a lot in maintaining a constant playing rhythm. Some people like to play fast but you can still maintain a good tempo whether its fast or slower.
  
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I fear that most players need to finish their strokes and that shooting soft might not work for them. Slowing down creates a time void that needs to be addressed. Activation levels are easily disrupted. A preshot routine tends to be about the orchestration of physical actions. There is a timing to that. Maybe a mental preshot needs to be part of the package for coping. A choreographed way to get to the slower softer place you suggest.

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Well I play at a break neck flowing pace, I have the same pre-shot routine every single shot. I simply slow my aiming system down, as I'm bending down into the shot and connecting my "dots." I can do this quickly for a 7' valley, sometimes that pace doesn't work for 9 foot 4" pockets. So I slow down in my bend down, and make sure I hit it pocket weight speed. (Of course the adjustment in positioning means I'm generally going for slightly more angle to allow this soft touch.)
  
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07-25-2019, 01:33 PM

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Its not so much slowing down but maintaining your tempo. Its VERY easy to speed-up when doubt/tension creep in. A good psr helps a lot in maintaining a constant playing rhythm. Some people like to play fast but you can still maintain a good tempo whether its fast or slower.
Are you experiencing slowing as a deliberateness? Or is it more of a moment with calculated precision brought to the front? Or is there something else filling the time?

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Another thread with more info - 07-27-2019, 10:49 AM

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