To become a world class pool player or golfer takes hours and hours of dedicated practice. One can not become great on "natural talent". You have to put in the work.
Well yes and no. I think you are likely right when talking about the theoretical limit as few people ever put in enough effort to reach their theoretical limit to begin with because it just isn't practical to do so and few have the drive to do it even if it was. I do think talent adds a practical cap of sorts for most people though because of the fact that you can only devote so much time to pool (far less than what would be needed to reach your full theoretical limit), and those with more talent will progress further based on the same amounts of playing time and identical kinds of work put into their games.No one on this forum has ever been capped by their talent.
Yeah but no one believes me that I haven't played in months.Of course there’s natural talent.
It’s the guy walks into the pool room for the first time in months and who, literally, blows the dust off his cue case and plays great. In terms of world class it’s the above plus drive and work ethic. Starting off young doesn’t hurt.
Not so fast it comes together, the less stress and obligations one has the more they are able to focus. So naturally , someone that has no bad things weighing them down, will definitely move on and play better. Also, a little bit to do with the left brain, spaces, angles, artistic ability etc. The more of that side of the brain the better the talent. For someone predomiately right brain, can be an artist, however it's very hard and they have to work very hard at it, whereas a person that is predominately left brain, they just do it and it comes naturallyTalent is for suckers. No one on this forum has ever been capped by their talent. Maybe if we talk about what separates the #1 and #10 player in history we could theorize but it’s still a debate. People who point to stories of quick or slow learners are talking about short time durations with a small subset of skills, not an overall career. In reality none of us will ever be limited by anything by other than our own attitudes and effort so I believe in focusing exclusively on what we can control. Almost all champions believe this and I’m glad those who don’t are my competition.
Here is what Matt Syed said about "the myth of talent and the power of practice".I've said it before yes there is natural talent.
We all have seen the players that have played for decades and struggle to run a rack of any game and the player that has been playing a couple years that can run multiple racks.
I see this all the time in the room I go to and for the last 60 years I've been playing.
Takes bothTo become a world class pool player or golfer takes hours and hours of dedicated practice. One can not become great on "natural talent". You have to put in the work.
There are so many leaps of logic in there that it is laughable. At 10,000 hours (or literally any other amount of hours you want to use) there is still a wide disparity in the ability level of all those people who have put in that amount of time, even when they have put in similar work and taken it equally seriously, etc. The reason for that is talent differences. There are also plenty of people who have put in 10,000 serious hours of pool with serious efforts given and have not mastered pool and become world class like that theory claims. The reason for that is they simply don't have the talent.Here is what Matt Syed said about "the myth of talent and the power of practice".