Also being a musician I do see similarities with playing in the zone; as it exists in both disciplines.I play rock n roll lead guitar with a jazz sort of sensibility, playing the in between notes, using discordance and other wrong notes and totally making it up as I go. It is sort of like skating on thin ice, the trick being in keeping your speed up and sticking the landing.
Being in the zone in pool is like that but in slow(er) motion. I've played many games where I would only glance at where the CB needed to land, shot and stuck the landing without thinking at all about how I was going to get it there.
After I quit playing for 20 years I lost that, made an aborted comeback while fighting double vision and quitting again, I am now getting my mojo back on the table. While I do work on skills & drills, I also practice running around the table like Strickland and shooting by feel The analogy would be to learn the scales on the guitar, and then ignore them..
One thing that is different about playing lead and pool is that I hear in my mind/feel what I am going to play, immediately before I play it. With pool, that sort of still happens but it is slower, so as you say, there is time for doubt and uncertainty to creep in and 'ghuck' things up.:wink: