jimmyg said:Was told about the "playing by the lights" system twenty five years ago, Can't believe that people are still serious about it. Some systems may work, but IMO feel and muscle memory are the only real way to go.
Flex said:I like the laser vision system: choose what part of the pocket you want the object ball to go into, then draw an ice blue laser line from that point straight back through the object ball you want to pot, fix that point on the ball in your mind's eye, move over behind the cue ball, connect the contact point on the cue ball to the blue laser spot on the object ball, decide how you want to shoot the shot, center ball, high,low, inside/outside english, etc., keep your eye on that target spot on the object ball, instinctively line up behind the cue ball, stroke rapidly to make sure your cue is on like for the shot you've chosen, fix your eyes on the contact point on the object ball, stroke the cue ball perfectly, watch the object ball pot. Shoot the same shot another 100 times or so and get the "feels' for the shot. Go out and beat the world.
Really pretty simple when you think about it.
poolcuemaster said:I think it helps to train your aim and you get away from using it most of the time after your mind starts aiming for you.
This is a good post.Rickw said:This is what I was trying to say to DM when we were talking about aiming systems. I think that a system of aiming will help you when you first start playing. After you've shot a gazillion balls, you're mind becomes the system you use. Your mind is like a computer, after a while, you just know where to aim the ball.
When I watch the pros play, they seem to me to shoot by feel most of the time. When there's a really tough shot, they look like they're using the ghost ball method, i.e., they'll line up the ob, then line up the cb and shoot.
Cornerman said:This is a good post.
Question: Do you think the vast majority of players are closer to the professionals' level of play such that considering an aiming aiming system is behind them?
IMO, compared to professionals, the vast majority of us are rank amateurs and beginners, regardless of how many years we've been playing.