It gets very depressing when you can only play an hour or so because of pain. Any game you had deteriorates and it's next to impossible to improve.
Older players adjusting to their declining skills is a tough one. Playing with other older players in the same sinking ship is not much an option that is going to give me any meaning.Excellent post. I have a good friend who is 74 (75 in a couple of weeks) and has had some serious medical issues over the last 6-8 years and he struggles both mentally and physically. I've been meaning to create a thread about how to help older players adjust to their skill but haven't had the time.
And he's about as stubborn as they get and he simply refuses to adjust his game to match his playing ability. I try to give him ideas to keep it simple like - keep the pre-shot routine to 3 steps (shot selection, get down, shoot), stop trying to run every table, etc. The worst one is his tip, for some reason he went to an 11.8mm tip and I told him he shouldn't have. He thinks because it's harder to shoot with he'll focus more and I keep telling him to use every advantage he can at his age.
How about from now compared to 3 years ago.. Eyes change. Concentration drifts. I try to play the best I can and be grateful for however it goes.
Yes, I need to take your and Stuart’s advice and just enjoy playing pool and accept what comes.How about from now compared to 3 years ago.. Eyes change. Concentration drifts. I try to play the best I can and be grateful for however it goes.
Do you have health issues ? If you are healthy, your game should be close to your old game. Its not age ( Imo ) its health that is the killer.
It's difficult to find a lot of solace in that. I honestly do not know how I would have survived, without my faith in God. Many many days especially when I first got poisoned , I would rock myself gently in the chair, and pray all day long, for help to deal with the pain. The bible says God will only give us what we can handle , so far, that has been true. Thank you lord!Well shoot, at least ya’ got that goin’ for ya’. There’s always somebody worse off than you.
Truest adage ever there was:Tremors here as well...they are a nighmare, and they DO get worse. (apologies to Keith). Other medical problems as well...
Translation: I should stop complaining & be thankful I'm still alive. Alas, that's not easy because the mind wanders back to the things you used to do well. Oh...God willing, I'll be 78 this November.
For sure...the young should enjoy it while they've got it. Father time is a cruel bastid...
I am relatively healthy outside of my shoulder replacements in both shoulders and knees that need replacement. I’m buying some time on that with a prescription to Melozicam and cortisone shots when needed. My corrected vision is still very good.Do you have health issues ? If you are healthy, your game should be close to your old game. Its not age ( Imo ) its health that is the killer.