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What did you learn in your last loss? - 11-11-2016, 12:33 PM

I thought it might be fun/informative to start a thread where people could post a few short one liners of things they learned in their last loss...

Might find some quick things to think about before they happen in a loss...

I'll start, lost a close 9 ball set to a much better player. I learned...

1) Go look at the shot from the other side dummy and you would have realized a simple stop shot on the 8 works fine vs. the force 4 rail nonsense. Distance isn't the only thing to consider, in fact it's probably not even the first thing to consider.

2) Having to RUN the table is not the same as having to CONTROL the table, should have played position for safe instead of thinking the only way to win is out.

3) I REALLY don't like it when my opponent wins, then starts explaining to me what he thinks I should have done differently.


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11-11-2016, 12:36 PM

That I should have concentrated on making the ball before the 8 ball. I overcut it because I was focused on holding for the leave when I should have just made the ball and accepted a less than perfect leave.
  
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11-11-2016, 12:37 PM

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I thought it might be fun/informative to start a thread where people could post a few short one liners of things they learned in their last loss...

Might find some quick things to think about before they happen in a loss...

I'll start, lost a close 9 ball set to a much better player. I learned...

1) Go look at the shot from the other side dummy and you would have realized a simple stop shot on the 8 works fine vs. the force 4 rail nonsense. Distance isn't the only thing to consider, in fact it's probably not even the first thing to consider.

2) Having to RUN the table is not the same as having to CONTROL the table, should have played position for safe instead of thinking the only way to win is out.

3) I REALLY don't like it when my opponent wins, then starts explaining to me what he thinks I should have done differently.


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I do find unsolicited advice to be quite annoying- especially if it occurs right after a loss. Obviously, you had a plan that could have worked and it just didn't work out- no need to tell you why their plan would have been better when there is no way to really know.
  
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11-11-2016, 12:38 PM

Never underestimate an opponent, even if they are completely misfiring at the start of a match. It was a silly mistake, he kept missing and I was playing well. I took a few too many liberties and all of the sudden I got to see the excellent player that he was.


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11-11-2016, 01:23 PM

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Never underestimate an opponent, even if they are completely misfiring at the start of a match. It was a silly mistake, he kept missing and I was playing well. I took a few too many liberties and all of the sudden I got to see the excellent player that he was.
Never underestimate an opponent like you said and don't take unnecessary gambles when you can play safe or make an easier shot.
First of all, I'm not the greatest player, a 3 in APA and a D+ in NAPL & Predator Tour.
So I'm at my straight pool league and I'm playing a new player to the league, the only female. We're both the lowest handicaps in the league as there are really good players including one who was in the World 14.1 at Steinway. I have been improving my stroke lately and running a lot of balls in practice consistantly so I thought I was going to slaughter her. About 3 times I gambled on a hard shot that I wasn't sure of just to break up a cluster and all 3 times missed but DID break up the cluster giving her runs of 5-7 balls each time. (I know that doesn't sound so impressive but we both were on the lower end) Each time I had an easier shot and/or an easy safety. As it turned it she ended up whipping my ass!!
  
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What did I learn?... - 11-11-2016, 01:28 PM

1) No lead is safe.

2) Concentrate on the shot at hand, not the next three you're planning to shoot after this one.

3) No matter what the score or what your opponent is doing, play your own game.

4) Have a very short memory. If you miss, forget about it. The past can't be changed. The future can be changed by letting go of the past and concentrating on the present.

5) Some (nay, most) days I really suck at this game.


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11-11-2016, 01:34 PM

I didn't learn anything, but I remembered something. If I am down over a shot and still thinking with words, that is bad. Get up, relax and reset. If I am down for a shot and can picture the desired out come without an internal monologue, I am shooting much better. I haven't been playing much due to injury and it is affecting my play.
  
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11-11-2016, 01:40 PM

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Never underestimate an opponent like you said and don't take unnecessary gambles when you can play safe or make an easier shot.
First of all, I'm not the greatest player, a 3 in APA and a D+ in NAPL & Predator Tour.
So I'm at my straight pool league and I'm playing a new player to the league, the only female. We're both the lowest handicaps in the league as there are really good players including one who was in the World 14.1 at Steinway. I have been improving my stroke lately and running a lot of balls in practice consistantly so I thought I was going to slaughter her. About 3 times I gambled on a hard shot that I wasn't sure of just to break up a cluster and all 3 times missed but DID break up the cluster giving her runs of 5-7 balls each time. (I know that doesn't sound so impressive but we both were on the lower end) Each time I had an easier shot and/or an easy safety. As it turned it she ended up whipping my ass!!
That's more or less what happened to me. It's a good learning experience.


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11-11-2016, 01:59 PM

Do. Not. Miss. The. 9 Ball. Especially when it just sits in the pocket.

Last tournament I played in I lost two matches, including the finals, because I missed 4 9 balls and the guy made 2 early 9 ball combos (I was spotting him 6-3). He could have just taken a nap and I could have told him who won at the end, he maybe made 6 balls outside of the hanging 9 balls I left him in two sets total, but won because I missed those 9 balls. His play had no effect on the outcome, my missing the final balls were 100% of the reason I lost.


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11-11-2016, 02:36 PM

To not try and slow roll a ball when I'm jacked up over another ball.
  
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11-11-2016, 02:43 PM

Last night I was having too much fun. Our opponents were led by a guy I used to play with and we got to talking and stuff and next thing ya know....

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11-11-2016, 03:13 PM

Two things. My stroke can always get smoother and sometimes the pool gods just want you to break dry. I will now sacrafice the loin of a cow to appease the gods for tonight.
  
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11-11-2016, 03:26 PM

1. do your pre shot routine, no matter how easy the shot is. 2. calm down, if you miss or if you fall behind. failure to do this causes self destruction
  
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11-11-2016, 03:32 PM

Never take your foot off the peddle no matter how big your lead is.


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