I continue my uncanny ability to scuttle runs by:
- Rolling a little too far. I can't even begin to tell you how many times I roll the CB as little as one inch too far (or less!), hooking myself, even on large CB target areas, but overshoot them.
- Rolling a little too short, getting on the wrong side of the next OB, making shape on the subsequent ball much more difficult.
- Not properly predicting the CB path. I'm working on this one - a lot, and while it's getting better, it's not good yet. This also influences miscalculating required CB speed after hitting OB. See above comments. At least I'm hardly ever scratching, which is an improvement.
- Rattling the money ball or other interim easy shots.
- Miscuing on draw shots. I've been focusing on not dropping my elbow, which has greatly increased my potting, but keeping my elbow up is also making me hit the CB lower than I'm used to, so I'm having to adapt to that. But my draw (as much as I try to avoid using draw unless I have to) is getting much stronger on shots where CB is three or more diamonds from the OB.
OMG, I keep hoping that some day I'll get to that point where it will come together and I'll notice a significant jump in performance, but thus far, I remain true to my self-inflicted nickname "Two-Ball Doug", meaning, I'm only good for runs of 2, 3, or 4. Maddening but encouraging because of that now more often six-ball runout. Thank goodness for 8-ball, where I might have other targets to shoot at when I don't get proper shape on my intended next ball.
I am working on better visualizing the shot, the CB path, and the resultant intended CB target. At least I'm noticing some improvement in that my ability to bring home runs is happening more often, but it's a slow process.
Keep on keepin' on, as the saying goes.