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Old 04-13-2019, 11:14 AM
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Whitey, Howdy;

Today is 8-ball, my friend Tony (91 yo) shows up early so we can shoot a few
games before the rest show-up. He likes his Bank shots as well. Blind (almost),
in 1 eye, difficult to see outta the other, deaf in 1 ear. Before he
had his stroke, he was one of the top players in this area and he's still a fairly
'sporty' player. Chuckle. Reckon there's hope for us all.

I can continue with the 1 stroke while I play the warm-ups but I tend to revert to
my usual 3-4 strokes when it comes to the tourney. Noticed that I wasn't missing
as much Thurs. So, my alignment is coming into where it's supposed to be. I know,
baby steps not giant strides.

Good to hear that you are getting back into something you enjoy (Banks).

Thanks for the thoughts and suggestions.

hank
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Old 04-14-2019, 10:30 AM
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Whitey, Howdy;

Well, no win, place or show for me yesterday. Tony showed up and we had our
practice/warm-up games. I stuck with the 1 swing and got closer to being in
proper stance and stroke. Also found that if I increase my back-swing pause to
a 1,2 count things end up better.
During the tourney I decided to stick with the 1 swing. I was matched up with
one of the better shooters and just messed with his head. He is one of those
that thinks his game is good enough to ______ (fill in the blank). So, I kept
rearranging the table by mostly shooting defensive shots and leaving him
Hooked. Sunk 5 of mine (using bank shots), before he dropped the 8 . He walked
away muttering to himself. I had fun and was able to consider that as a bonus
practice session.

I remember reading somewhere, book, forum, YouTube title ... I dunno, but
the words remain and I have to stop and say them out loud in my head when
ever I start thinkin' after I've gotten down behind the CB, they are;
"the brain is a lousy pool player. let it do the planing and the muscles do the
playing." I may have modified the last bit, but I use it as a sort of mantra.

Thanks again for your thoughts and suggestions.

hank
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Old 04-15-2019, 01:47 PM
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Hank, as per your previous post and this one, I want to clarify the 1 stroke. It is meant for you to practice coming down on the shot properly, and to eliminate thoughts in your head when you are down on the shot.

In accordance with your previous post whereas you stated that you still were using 2 to 3 strokes in the tournament, that is perfect. What ever works best for you. Tournament is different than practice.

Players like McCready and Earl can shoot within 3 strokes because of not only being deliberate before the shot, but also because they play so much. The more you play the quicker you see the shot and the less strokes it 'should' take before you pull the trigger.

But, it sounds like you sure had a lot of fun playing that guy. I believe you have come along ways since you first started this thread, and your banks have picked up.

I also play 'speed pool' to make me come down on the shot properly. Whitey
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Old 04-15-2019, 11:15 PM
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Whitey, Howdy;

Practice went well today. Did the up an back (lagging), long ways and sideways,
some Corner-5 shots, not all from the corner. I want to and feel I need to see
where else the diamonds connect. Both for corners and sides pockets as well. I
also like to grab 6 balls from the trough and scatter them then try to run out.
Now I've added banking into the mix. . Lots of fun that is. Then into the full
rack rotation. Spent a good solid 4 hours there today. Had a few 3 ball Bank runs
and a lot more 1 Bank an done.
Alignment is improving, not so many misses to the Right. I do a short pause at
the back end of my swing. Did it years ago and am just getting it back into place.
This 1 swing bit is helping me find it again. Thanks also for that.

Tomorrow is our Tue. 8-Ball Not sure how I'm gonna play it. that decision
will depend on who's there and how I feel.

As always, thanks for the thoughts and suggestions.

hank
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Old 04-16-2019, 11:47 AM
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GO HANK
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Old 04-17-2019, 10:46 AM
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lll, Howdy;

. Thanks, don't recollect anyone ever cheering for me before.

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Old 04-17-2019, 11:29 AM
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Whitey & lll, Howdy;

Yesterday was a good day. Tony showed up and we shot our warm-up
games and he likes to do banks as well.
These aren't anything close to big tourneys, maybe 8 to 10 or 12 folks, single rack
double elimination. The guy I gave a difficult time to on Sat. was there but
he went out early. I lost one game early but hung around till the end. ended up
needing to win 2 against one of the best shooters in our VFW. We played both as
I won the first and it came down to a long straight back for me and he was already
on the 8. Made the bank and ended up with a shallow angle cut for the win. Made
the cut.

In every game that I played I was able to shoot at least 1 sometimes 3 or 4
Banks, my average is nearer to 25% (1:4), then 20% (1:5), so I'm thinkin'
not bad, could be better.

As always, Thanks guys, your help and suggestions are gratefully appreciated.

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Old 04-17-2019, 12:04 PM
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Hank, This long distance coaching has been quite an experience and quite an experiment. Credit to you for asking for help, and taking the information to heart and working through it.
I think your avg. in banking is really good. Take time to watch DCC banks and you'll realize that if a player avg. 1 ball/inning/tournament they either win the tournament or definitely be in the money. Some matches 1/2 a ball/inning would win the match. Of course there are some matches whereas a guy makes 3 balls or so, and then you have to match him.
Great Win, great news! Whitey
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Old 04-17-2019, 01:39 PM
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You go, Hank! Keep it up and we are going to start calling you “Hank the Bank!”
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Old 04-17-2019, 06:13 PM
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Whitey, Howdy;

I think you are misunderstanding me. What I'm trying to convey is that in several
innings of a singular rack of 8-ball I am able to drop 1:4 attempts at a Bank shot,
not all at once. I'd like to and want to, but not quite yet ... , .

I am also enjoying this long range tutelage. Sometimes the point goes by without
notice but the second time 'round hits the mark. That's with stuff flying in both
directions ...

I like the format, you send out some info. and I have a chance to mull it over,
ponder it awhile then go mix it into the practice routine and see what gets spit-out
at the end of practice. Then I send some info back to you, and you try to figure out
what I'm trying to say, we iron out any misunderstandings and you give forth with
another nugget of info for me to ponder ... wash, rinse, & repeat. It's fun this way
and basically that's what it's supposed to be ... fun.

Tomorrow is 9-ball, so I get another 2 hours to practice before the tourney starts.
Lookin' forward to it .

Thanks for the thoughts and suggestions, as always.

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