As Experienced Pool Players

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is it possible that we already know how to make the shot and where the cueball will go long before we actually "think" about it? I am guessing we do but would like opinions.

Secondly, I believe active thinking can mess up a shot or leave as well.

That my friend is why we have THREE pre-shot routines, not just one.


I like to teach that: the eyes play shape for you.....randyg

Petros Andrikop

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I think the phrase "Do your thinking between your shots, not during executing them" sums it up. I don't remember where I read it.
For me this brings up the issue of knowledge versus feeling once again. I totally agree with cigardave's statment above: "Properly balancing the amount of thinking with being in the "thinkless" zone is the key to success".
If you know what you are doing you have much more chances in doing it, just don't overthink about it..

PS The term "overthink" possibly belongs to Joe Balsis according to a good friend, and the phrase "Do your thinking between yours shots possibly to Luther Lassiter". Forgive me for not being able to confirm on the source of those two, however I find them very well stated.
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Tramp Steamer

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Out of the mouths of babes. NewStroke, you have hit the nail squarely on the head. It is for that very reason that aiming systems are an unnecessary waste of time and money. Great post. :)


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If one's only goal is to sink the ball then definitely it's possible to go on autopilot, stop thinking, and make everything. It's fun to cut loose every so often and play around with this, letting your muscle memory or lizard brain take over.

But I don't think it's the key to your best pool. Leave, speed, how much to offset your tip for english all deserve at least a few seconds.

Luc Salvas after all isn't Ralf Souquet.