I don’t know that there are any verified instructors within a drivable distance of where I live. I’ll do more research. I can tell you in a nutshell what my main three problems are (even though I have made them work in the past, to an extent):Hu's experience outlined above mirrors that of a few of my students and one AZBer who I havent seen around in many months....
they had a good game. yook yime off and came back but got lured in by THE fundamentals. So they tried futily to jam their natural round peg game into a square hole and had disastrous results. What I did with them....and in the case of the AZBer it was justa quick DM or two... is I got them yo lean into their natural way of playing and let them know how/why it works. with the confidence to not try to live up to someone else's ideal but instead let their natural stroke out, they all quickly returned to their old selves. I wish he wasaround to corroborate the story, but the AZBer sent me an update within a werk or two that he was playing some of his bestpool ever. All he needed was to trust his technique and not be lured into a completely different way of playing.
This is something a skilled instructor can do for you...provided u did indeed have a strong game before. A complete rebuild is a slow process. waking up a sleeping giant can happen in a hurry. Many will be able yo get there if they give their own style a real chance yo come back as Hu did. Im certain an instuctor can make that happen even faster as long as they arent the 'my way or it is wrong' type.
- Popping up on shots I’m not confident in, which are more than I care to admit;
- Focusing like a laser on the one, and then by the time I get halfway through the rack, start to lose focus, which regularly resulted in breaking down towards the end of the game, normally on position;
- Getting in a hurry and shooting much too fast, a la mimicry of a younger Earl Strickland, and moving even faster the better I’m playing, which doesn’t lend itself to consistency of any type.
On a regular basis, I could run 2-3 racks nonstop before I lost focus and fudged up, and when I was super-focused and the planets aligned and I held my mouth right, 4-5 racks. Mind you, this was a bigger-pocketed nine foot local room table years ago, and not of the Diamond soul-sucker hanger variety with extra deep shelves and 4.25 pockets.
So that’s what I have to work on.