I'll take 2 the and break
About the 10,000 hours. The author of the original study disagrees with some of what the Gladwell books say.
And it's not just playing or knocking balls around -- it's 10,000 hours of directed practice, like working on specific weaknesses and doing drills that force you to think through game situations, and with a coach to keep you on the right track.
I suspect there are under 100 such 10,000-hour pool players in the world.
Bob <-- who has knocked the balls around for at least 10,000 hours
I'd be so bold to say there are under 50...... good post.