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Ask Yourself - Still getting better? - 06-02-2020, 09:34 AM

Practice with purpose, books, YouTube, playing tournaments...always REALLY be getting better. Ask yourself, each year...

Could my younger self beat me?...NO WAY.

(My 55 year old current self would crush my 30 year old self. Not even close.)

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06-02-2020, 10:16 AM

60 years old , been playing since i was 12-13. Was less fearful and would shoot at anyone and anything but play way better and smarter now. I just feel like i wasted so many years not aiming right and being around the wrong people.
  
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06-02-2020, 10:19 AM

Yes, getting better, only because started at bottom. Steady progress, but slow, too slow. If I was a teenager, it would go a lot faster.
  
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06-02-2020, 10:55 AM

Used to always say I'm shooting the best pool of my life every day. Had to take a month off for health reasons, so I can't say that now, but I'm back practicing and will be saying it again!

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06-02-2020, 11:55 AM

The truth is that there are more better players now in areas where pool is still popular. Sometimes I can't believe that I won tournaments in the 80s and early 90s; that I was the best of maybe 30 or so guys on a given day; when my 66 year old self now is so much better than myself back then!
  
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06-02-2020, 12:12 PM

I quit playing for about 14 years, I'm 50 now and could kick the crap out of my old self.


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06-02-2020, 12:16 PM

No fair PJ...you have a whole room of pool tables to play on! I just hit balls one week ago for the first time in 3 months! Thankfully I am now back at work for anyone who needs help!

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Used to always say I'm shooting the best pool of my life every day. Had to take a month off for health reasons, so I can't say that now, but I'm back practicing and will be saying it again!

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06-02-2020, 12:33 PM

At age 67, I could beat the crap out of myself at age 30.

Problem is, me at age 62 could be the crap out of me today.

Heart disease and diabetes suck the skills right out of you. Mostly it's the medications, but my eyesight has also deteriorated.

It is what it is. I expected it to happen someday. I just wish it would have waited a few more years.

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06-02-2020, 12:55 PM

In my 30s and 40s I was a pretty good short stop.
I played almost every day.
I could run 40 or 50 balls here and there in 14.1.
Run 3 or 4 racks of 9 ball here and there.
Now at 73 and playing only once a week (pre covid) I could not beat my younger self.
I probably play a little smarter but shot making and cue ball control are not what they used to be.
I still have the knowledge but the consistency is gone.
And those long shots look a lot longer now.


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At age 67, I could beat the crap out of myself at age 30.

Problem is, me at age 62 could be the crap out of me today.

Heart disease and diabetes suck the skills right out of you. Mostly it's the medications, but my eyesight has also deteriorated.

It is what it is. I expected it to happen someday. I just wish it would have waited a few more years.

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I play with a guy who's 74. You can tell he was good player back in the day but he's had some serious medical issues over the last 4-5 years and his play has diminished. I met him about 1.5 years ago and I could tell then he knew what he wanted to do but just couldn't do it. Since I have met him he has spent at least 2-3 months in the hospital and I can clearly tell the toll it has taken on him. He talks about it often and it bothers me because I don't really know how to react. We joke about it but I know it's killing him on the inside.

He used to play back in Detroit. I gave him a book about Cornbread Red and he told me more than one story about him.


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06-02-2020, 01:21 PM

I started playing pool in Jr. High on a bar box at the slot car shop.

As a sophomore in High School, my dad bought a 8 foot table from a pool hall going out of business. I played 3-ish hr.s per day for 2.5 years. In college, I played 3-5 hours a day for 5-ish years.

Then I took a 35 year break; until I moved into an area in walking distance of a bar with a bar box. A year later my mother decided I was not to inherent the table in the basement, but instead gave me a budget of $5K to buy my own table.

I have been playing on that table for 10-ish years. Through 2 different leagues I rated SL6 in APA and maybe a tad better (equivalence) in BCA.

Until this pandemic hit, I was pretty useful (not quite good) but I could beat everyone at the bar, but I still could not make shots I could back in Fat House days. Since the pandemic, I have been practicing (meaningfully) for 2-3 hr.s per day 5-ish days per week, and I am probably playing the best pool of my life.

One night about a week ago I ran the table 4 ties in a row. I think the boys in the bar are in for a harder time when it opens up again. I am probably playing at SL7 maybe SL7.5 right now; maybe C+/B-
  
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06-02-2020, 02:08 PM

I donít feel much different in mind or body than I did when I hit my first ball on a snooker table at age 15..now age 66.

Use to get up at 5:30 and go for a run. Still do, except now itís 7am. Still play billiards most days. Still play soccer and ball hockey.

No desire to ever be a pro snooker player. Preferred the sciences. Billiards has been fun, not a chore. I canít remember ever ĎPracticingí...I make up my own games that hone skills. Iím a good player but not a great player.

The big difference today over 35 years ago is I donít have to beat most players on technical talent, I beat them on table smarts. I can Tie most pool players in knots with safeties...or lure them into taking high risk shots.

I would lose to a top 128 ranked Snooker player 9 out of 11 frames..,but not humiliated. Thatís good enough for me. Likely lose 7 out of 11 frames to a top player at American 8 ball. Thatís fine. Iíll never do any better. Iíve no desire to spend 3 hours every day playing...45 minutes is fun at home.

Except for top ranking Snooker or Chinese 8 ball players, no real reward, except for fun. Putting in a lifetime of effort?... Iíd rather go fishing or go for a hike. Maybe I could have cracked The top 128 rankings in Snooker but thatís as far as I would have made it. Anyways, no desire to improve for the sake of improving.
  
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06-02-2020, 02:39 PM

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I donít feel much different in mind or body than I did when I hit my first ball on a snooker table at age 15..now age 66.

Use to get up at 5:30 and go for a run. Still do, except now itís 7am. Still play billiards most days. Still play soccer and ball hockey.

No desire to ever be a pro snooker player. Preferred the sciences. Billiards has been fun, not a chore. I canít remember ever ĎPracticingí...I make up my own games that hone skills. Iím a good player but not a great player.

The big difference today over 35 years ago is I donít have to beat most players on technical talent, I beat them on table smarts. I can Tie most pool players in knots with safeties...or lure them into taking high risk shots.

I would lose to a top 128 ranked Snooker player 9 out of 11 frames..,but not humiliated. Thatís good enough for me. Likely lose 7 out of 11 frames to a top player at American 8 ball. Thatís fine. Iíll never do any better. Iíve no desire to spend 3 hours every day playing...45 minutes is fun at home.

Except for top ranking Snooker or Chinese 8 ball players, no real reward, except for fun. Putting in a lifetime of effort?... Iíd rather go fishing or go for a hike. Maybe I could have cracked The top 128 rankings in Snooker but thatís as far as I would have made it. Anyways, no desire to improve for the sake of improving.
Table smarts is definitely where I have improved. Shot making has improved simply because I spent the first year after coming back practicing different aspects of the game. But table smarts made the biggest improvement.


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Ask Yourself - Still getting better? - 06-02-2020, 02:55 PM

Nope. I played my best pool when I was around 26 or 27.


  
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06-02-2020, 03:09 PM

Yes. More quarantined table time!Lol
Definitely helped!


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