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Breathing techniques? - 05-05-2015, 10:28 AM

Does anyone pay attention to their breathing when they make a shot?

I haven't seen this discussed at all since i have joined the site.

Thoughts please.


I just throw the cube of chalk on the floor and turn my cue upside down and rotate it until I smell smoke.
  
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05-05-2015, 10:29 AM

Pause during execution....while breathing out.


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05-05-2015, 10:31 AM

I have found that I hold my breath when I'm a little nervous.

Now, i consciously try to take steady breaths throughout the process, pausing only to shoot.
  
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05-05-2015, 10:33 AM

The funny answer: only after I haven't taken a breath for 3 minutes.

I think about my breathing only when I have an important shot with the pressure on. Then I make sure I take a few deep breaths before I take the shot. Seems to relax me..

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05-05-2015, 10:36 AM

One of the best sharks ever is to ask someone if they breathe in or out on their last stroke, they won't make a ball for a while ha ha.

When I'm doing things right I pull the trigger right after I have exhaled slowly and relaxed my body, hold your breath for a couple of beats then swing the cue.
  
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05-05-2015, 10:40 AM

If you are having to worry about breathing during a shot, you may be getting too "mechanical" in my opinion, but to each, their own.

I tried "consciously" keeping my breathing pattern in some sort of rhythm with my stroke and it made me too aware of my breathing and it distracted me. I try to do all my PSR and get everything in synch when my "mind" tells me I'm good to go. Whether I'm breathing in or out at that particular second is NOT a "conscious" thought in my mind.
  
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05-05-2015, 10:43 AM

It was just a thought, I've never thought about it until i posted this but i was watching a video on snippers and how they focus on their breathing.


I just throw the cube of chalk on the floor and turn my cue upside down and rotate it until I smell smoke.
  
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05-05-2015, 01:27 PM

Forget how you breathe when you shoot. It's how you breathe during the entire match that makes the difference.


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05-05-2015, 01:42 PM

Breathing is important. My suggestion is, don't stop.
As far as pool is concerned, however, you needn't worry about it at all. Your Medulla Oblongata, will take care of it for you while you make that next game winning shot.
There will be people here who will tell you to breathe in, breathe out, or hold your breath during, before, and after the stroke. Any number of techniques, and combinations thereof.
Don't pay them any mind. You make a good stroke, and your brain stem will take care of the rest..


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05-05-2015, 05:51 PM

I personally breath and pay attention in pressure situations to keeping a calm breathing action. Keeps heart rate steady. But when I actually shoot I'm not breathing, I hold my breath when pulling the trigger. Works for me but everyone has their "thing"
  
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05-05-2015, 06:23 PM

There are breathing techniques that calm you in everyday life. Its a stress buster & there are apps for it.
I have a couple, at bedtime I can not listen to it for long, I fall asleep before its finished.


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05-05-2015, 08:52 PM

Chew gum while playing. If you're chewing, you're breathing regularly. Worked pretty good for Michael Jordan, among others.


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05-05-2015, 09:46 PM

http://www.ghilliesuitsonline.com/brteforsn.html

I found this helpful. It advocates shooting on the pause after exhaling fully, and before breathing in.

I think CJ also talked about doing this right before you get down on the shot.

When I'm not at the table, I focus on breathing as much air as I can, because when I'm nervous, I forget to breathe, and when I forget to breathe, my heart rate rises. So I try and get as much oxygen as possible, to lower my heart rate so it won't be going crazy as I'm trying to shoot.

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05-05-2015, 11:12 PM

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Chew gum while playing. If you're chewing, you're breathing regularly. Worked pretty good for Michael Jordan, among others.
I always chew gum while playing. Nick Varner does the same, or did way back when.
  
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