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05-17-2016, 08:22 PM

At the pool hall today, an old timer recommended the book.... Point the Way by the Monk. Anyone read this??? Was it worth the read?
  
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05-17-2016, 09:19 PM

You really are a CHUMP. Disagreeing with one the best instructors out there, along with countless sports psychologists shows how little you actually know about pool...among other things.

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Have to disagree. You need long sessions to improve stamina and improve focus.


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05-18-2016, 02:44 AM

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I used to get bored practicing, too. I realized that unless I set up a challenge for myself, I wasn't going to stay focused.

What worked for me was that I set a prize for myself that I would only win if I met my goal. Many times my prize would be letting myself enter in my local pool room tournament. But first, I had to beat the ghost 'x' number of times out of 10 --- or something like that ---- or I had to make a ball on the break 'x' number of times out of 10, or I had to have position on the one ball after the break, 'x' number of times out of 10. (It was usually all of the above.)

If I didn't meet my goal, I wouldn't enter the tournament that week. I really enjoyed playing in those so I started really focusing when I practiced so I wouldn't make stupid mistakes. When I did play in the tournament, that good habit I developed of staying focused usually came along with me. Worked out pretty well.
This is a great approach!
If someone can really deny themselves if they fail.
Great motivation!


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05-18-2016, 06:20 AM

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I'd say in a perfect world if a player was trying to maximize their potential, 2 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the afternoon is ideal. Obviously few people can do this on a daily basis however.

The idea of 20 minute attention span would be implemented via switching up routines every 20 minutes, and taking a 10 minute break on the hour.

Nic Barrow's snooker training app follows this model and it works great. It really keeps you focused over the session.

5-8 hours in a row will result in a lot of unfocused practice.
Unless you're SVB who has been known to shoot the same shot for hours and hours in a row lol.


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05-18-2016, 11:24 AM

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Unless you're SVB who has been known to shoot the same shot for hours and hours in a row lol.
There are exceptions to every rule . I would expect that when SVB does this he is focusing on something, be it mechanical, psychological etc. I think the down fall in this approach is when someone is hitting the same shot over and over without being conscious of any changes or adjustments that need to be made in order to improve.

I've found that when I shoot a single shot many times, by the end of the session my success rate is very high as I've become dialed in, but when it comes time to reproduce on the match table there is little improvement. Likely because my failure to make said shot is tied to some mechanical error, often times anxiety related (twitching, moving, tightening grip etc.)


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05-18-2016, 01:00 PM

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Have to disagree. You need long sessions to improve stamina and improve focus.
I'm going to disagree with you, especially since the OP said that he lost focus when practicing. I contend that short, focused sessions will enable one to play better in a long match or series of matches at a tournament. That's been my experience anyway and it also gives me a method to go back to when I'm struggling in one of those long ones.

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