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06-02-2020, 03:57 PM

I hit my best stride from 35-40, and I won a lot of amateur tournaments in New England in those years. Iím a shell of the player I once was, but I have my memories. Now what were we talking about again?


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06-02-2020, 04:18 PM

For me, its largely about table time and health. 7-9 years ago, I feel like I was playing the best pool of my life. My weight was down, my back felt good and I was able to play 40+ hours a week on top of working 50-60.

Right now, by the time I get to play again, it will be October-ish, around 6-7 months from last time I played, and Ill need to rebuild my stance again from scratch because of a junk spine.
  
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06-02-2020, 04:53 PM

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I hit my best stride from 35-40, and I won a lot of amateur tournaments in New England in those years. I’m a shell of the player I once was, but I have my memories. Now what were we talking about again?
Let’s face it, pool is a young man’s game just like golf. For any of those that started playing when we were young, once you are 50+, say what you want but your best years are behind you. That doesn’t mean, going into any 9-ball match or a 14.1 practice session that I can’t have the goal of playing a perfect set without a miss, or run 100 balls.

Both may not realistic, but that doesn’t mean I can’t strive to play at the absolute max that my potential allows. That’s what brings us all back to play again, even after a discouraging session, which in terms of our high expectations is nearly always the case.

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06-02-2020, 05:57 PM

Marginally better at 50 than at 18 but improving faster. Definitely smarter and have the patience and wisdom to learn better, but still have a way to go.

Itís easier to recognize my weak areas and bad habits at an older age compared to shooting from the hip and not having an understanding of the game as a younger guy.

And I can say my younger self likely wouldnít have improved even with the best instruction available. Wasnít disciplined, didnít listen or focus well and only learned by Ďdoingí which wasnít the best approach.

As far as pool being a young personís game, thatís hogwash. Maybe you need to be young to go pro, but pool is a game that can be enjoyed and won at all ages.
  
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Marginally better at 50 than at 18 but improving faster. Definitely smarter and have the patience and wisdom to learn better, but still have a way to go.

Itís easier to recognize my weak areas and bad habits at an older age compared to shooting from the hip and not having an understanding of the game as a younger guy.

And I can say my younger self likely wouldnít have improved even with the best instruction available. Wasnít disciplined, didnít listen or focus well and only learned by Ďdoingí which wasnít the best approach.

As far as pool being a young personís game, thatís hogwash. Maybe you need to be young to go pro, but pool is a game that can be enjoyed and won at all ages.
Iíve never understand the age issues with billiards. Im 66 and donít detect any difference At the table.. Itís not as if I have to run a 5 minute mile or bench press 250 pounds. My vision is fine and still have dexterity.

Top snooker players donít seem to lose any edge at the table. What they do is have other ambitions and interests in life. Maybe They want to take up golf or play more tennis...or Tie flies for fishing.

My observation is ití isnít age but rather not keeping fit. Some billiard players like many in society have led poor lifestyles things start to interfere with performance on the table. Joints, endurance, etc,

Iíve never smoked, done any drugs and never gained weight. Been active just about everyday of my life. Iím not unique...belong to menís sports groups, hiking and cycling groups. Iím still a youngster compared to some. Fellow Im cycling with in our mountains tomorrow is 69 and Iím likely the one hopping off the bike first on the steep slopes.
  
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06-02-2020, 06:35 PM

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I quit playing for about 14 years, I'm 50 now and could kick the crap out of my old self.
I get it.
Took 43 years off.
Play better now than when I did as a reckless 21 year old hanging in the Philly poolrooms.
Started playing at 14.
Yeah, young phenom of sorts. Great future.
Went to college instead.
Pretty sure it worked out better.

You get to a point with this game where improvement works out in almost
quantum (small advances) that together over time sort of amount to something.

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06-02-2020, 06:42 PM

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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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