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is good vision overrated? - 03-20-2008, 08:04 AM

Inspired by Berlowmj's thread about glasses, I'd like to ask glasses wearers if they play better with specs than without. For one, I play exactly the same. Of course my vision(nearsighted) needs only slight correction. And this post is mainly directed to those who need specs for watching t.v, driving, etc.
  
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03-20-2008, 08:12 AM

Having to adjust to wearing glasses while shooting pool has been torture on my game to say the least. I ended up getting some glasses designed specifically for playing pool (both Dycots and a pair by Gordon Harrison in Canada). I like the glasses by Gordon the best as they are more comfortable. However, I still hate playing with glasses.

Like most people, I think having good vision at the table is a prerequisite to good shooting. Especially on the big tables with long shots and extreme cut shots. However, I have read that the late great Steve Mizerak had poor eyesight and he played without glasses. Go figure. There have been discussions about this topic in other threads on this forum. You may want to do a search.
  
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03-20-2008, 09:07 AM

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Inspired by Berlowmj's thread about glasses, I'd like to ask glasses wearers if they play better with specs than without. For one, I play exactly the same. Of course my vision(nearsighted) needs only slight correction. And this post is mainly directed to those who need specs for watching t.v, driving, etc.
No, it is not overrated, at least for people with terrible vision.

I could only see the big letter on the chart and my glasses made the balls like TINY, and I shot like sh!t wearing them.

Contacts and then laser vision surgery gave me progressively better corrections.


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03-20-2008, 09:19 AM

Depends on the person, I think. There's a guy a play with regularly, Frank. When we start a set, he always tosses the coin, I call it in the air, and it lands... then he asks, "What is it?" Without glasses on, the man can't see to save his life. All the balls look fuzzy to him, but they manage to find a pocket regardless.

Me on the other hand, I don't play as well when I my vision is uncorrected (glasses/contacts). But surprisingly, I don't play too terribly when I don't have them in. I'm very near-sighted and can only focus 8-10 inches away from my eyes. Everything after that is a blur. When I first tried shooting without contacts/glasses, I was surprised that I was able to pocket balls decently without being able to see. So much of my game is based around angles and "feel" anyway, so I never have used a contact point to focus on when lining up or stroking.
  
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03-20-2008, 09:41 AM

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Inspired by Berlowmj's thread about glasses, I'd like to ask glasses wearers if they play better with specs than without. For one, I play exactly the same. Of course my vision(nearsighted) needs only slight correction. And this post is mainly directed to those who need specs for watching t.v, driving, etc.
Definitely not over-rated. With the right Rx I can cut shots with the best of them... without them I'd better be within a foot of the pocket and about the same distance cueball to object ball.


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03-20-2008, 10:18 AM

Vision is pretty dang important. As one of the lucky ones (20/10), I can tell you the advantage is sizeable. I've played with a lot of people with different vision, and sometimes I feel like I'm cheating, especially on 9' tables.

<knocks on wood> I hope I never find out what it's like to wear glasses...

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03-20-2008, 10:30 AM

I'm about 20/25 with my contacts and honestly feel it doesn't affect my game. My eyes seem sensitive to light so sometimes when a ball is in the middle of the table and the light shines right on it, it can throw me off.

I do have trouble with long shots due to poor lighting, i.e. shooting the 6 ball on green cloth when it's near the rail. But to me that's a light issue not sight issue.


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Sight - 03-20-2008, 10:57 AM

Well I'll take good vision over bad anyday, when I was in my 20's I had 20/10 vision, in my 30's 20/15, now i'm 49 and have 20/20 vision and thats considered perfect vision, although I don't need glasses, I fell as if I'm Blind now!.....( don't have that real "Crisp Clear" sight picture that I once had )

....some older pool players that wear glasses have told me that they use the reflection (of the light's) off the light's, on the object ball, to get a good reference point of aim for long shots, .....

.....I've tried this just to see what they were talking about, and it seemed to work to a certain degree.



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03-20-2008, 11:03 AM

Important, yes, but your eyes don't give you a stroke.....

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03-20-2008, 11:19 AM

IMO, excellent vision is an advantage... especially on thin cuts... and even more so, those that are short to the OB, long to the hole shots... where the cut angle has to be damn near perfect to make the ball. On those, I'll typically put on my pool glasses.
  
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03-20-2008, 11:30 AM

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Yes. Everyone knows that in their prime Hellen Keller and Ray Charles were stone cold killers on the pool table.
  
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03-20-2008, 11:45 AM

Vision is hugely important whether you have naturally good vision, lens corrected vision or Lasik.

Personally, I can't see a damn thing without my glasses. I don't think I would make 1 out of 10 straight in shots without my glasses...lol
  
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Lol - 03-20-2008, 11:49 AM

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Vision is hugely important whether you have naturally good vision, lens corrected vision or Lasik.

Personally, I can't see a damn thing without my glasses. I don't think I would make 1 out of 10 straight in shots without my glasses...lol
So how is that different from when you do have your glasses on?
  
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03-20-2008, 11:51 AM

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IMO, excellent vision is an advantage... especially on thin cuts... and even more so, those that are short to the OB, long to the hole shots... where the cut angle has to be damn near perfect to make the ball. On those, I'll typically put on my pool glasses.

I can't argue with that...I'm 20-400 in both eyes without glasses. Glasses correct, but things look farther away to me than people with good vision...instead of 9'...a table looks more like 12' to me...

Still, I play...as a casual banger, simply because it's fun to do so...no pretentions of becoming a top level player.

Oh...I have a pair of Decot Hi-Wydes...at least now I can look through lenses when I get down to shoot.
  
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03-20-2008, 12:54 PM

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Yes. Everyone knows that in their prime Hellen Keller and Ray Charles were stone cold killers on the pool table.
HeHe, that was Funny!, I liked that one!



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