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Old 03-28-2016, 07:55 PM
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All good stuff here. Thanks. I do want to hear from beginners. I want to know how their first year(s) are going.
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:32 PM
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All good stuff here. Thanks. I do want to hear from beginners. I want to know how their first year(s) are going.
In my first couple of years I had lots of opportunities to play some people who didn't know the game either, and I managed to start thinking I knew a lot more than I really did. My game didn't really start to improve until I came here. Learning more about how to play inspired me to work harder on my ball-striking. Progress has been really slow, but it's better now than it was when I was 25, and I'm 127 now (more-or-less... I can't keep track.)
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Old 03-28-2016, 09:47 PM
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In my first couple of years I had lots of opportunities to play some people who didn't know the game either, and I managed to start thinking I knew a lot more than I really did. My game didn't really start to improve until I came here. Learning more about how to play inspired me to work harder on my ball-striking. Progress has been really slow, but it's better now than it was when I was 25, and I'm 127 now (more-or-less... I can't keep track.)
Thanks LS. I appreciate your history. The guys Im currently playing with make me want to suck my tailpipe. But I have a feeling I'm going to amount to something. I smell blood.

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Old 03-29-2016, 08:15 AM
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It has probably been mentioned in other post, but learn to pattern your ball making to give yourself a chance to run as many balls as you can from your position on the table. While practicing I will throw al the balls on the table around the spot and see if I can make my 8. I know I didn't say all this right, but it will help. The other thing is if you are only going to get one ball and then have to play safe , my thought is just move another towards my hole and play a good safe to protect my pocket.---Smitty
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Old 03-29-2016, 09:58 AM
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I guess I'm not exactly a new player, but I try to improve by tracking down John Brumback and letting him pound me into submission, lol.

Despite his savagery, I always return playing stronger. Mostly due to my increased confidence. That might sound counter-intuitive, but I feel like if I can play MY GAME against someone of his caliber, then I find myself easily finding my comfort zone playing anyone on earth. From a mental perspective, that's a great thing.

Another benefit to playing a high level player like JB is that it FORCES me to try new approaches in order to thwart him. Man, defending against those banks can be tricky no doubt. It also drives home the importance of execution. Against JB and other players from the aether, if you make a mistake, event a seemingly "small" one, you pretty much lose. Thus, it forces you to tighten up the screws in your game.

Lastly, its just damn fun.
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It has probably been mentioned in other post, but learn to pattern your ball making to give yourself a chance to run as many balls as you can from your position on the table. While practicing I will throw al the balls on the table around the spot and see if I can make my 8. I know I didn't say all this right, but it will help. The other thing is if you are only going to get one ball and then have to play safe , my thought is just move another towards my hole and play a good safe to protect my pocket.---Smitty
Totally understand what you're saying.
Tom W. has been working with me. The plans are getting better...I'm working on executing. First things first...understanding what & why I'm about to execute....and doing so. My ball pocketing is inconsistent. Can miss an easy one or get in trouble fast...or just might run 6-8. I have plenty of time this Spring/Summer to work on my stroke, and mainly the cue ball. I'm going to devote most of my drill time to position....sending the cue where it belongs....and that's against the rail or in the mitt. I'm very impressed how well some people can put it where they want it.
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Old 03-29-2016, 10:28 AM
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Another benefit to playing a high level player like JB is that it FORCES me to try new approaches in order to thwart him. Man, defending against those banks can be tricky no doubt. It also drives home the importance of execution. Against JB and other players from the aether, if you make a mistake, event a seemingly "small" one, you pretty much lose. Thus, it forces you to tighten up the screws in your game.

Lastly, its just damn fun.
After a lesson with Tom Wirth we play a game. I feel like a parrot. Nice game Tom nice game Tom nice game Tom.....but if I have few good moves or get a small run going I'm thrilled. There is no such thing as losing when playing a high level player. The beauty of what they can do. The possibilities. They way they mastered the game. The encouragement to become a better player. It's fun alright....and good fun is hard to find.
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Old 03-29-2016, 11:04 AM
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Play the game, play the table, play your speed.

It doesn't matter who your opponent is, if he's a stranger and you do the things I've mentioned, you'll be able to tell where you are easily.

When you do stupid things worring about who your opponent is, you'll find it's harder to quit.
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Old 03-29-2016, 11:42 AM
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Learn how to bank one pocket style. By that I mean learn how to use pocket speed when banking and if the bank is not made it presents itself laying in your pocket which will make the opponent think twice about his shot. The bank in one pocket is the most important single shot you'll ever learn.
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Old 03-29-2016, 11:44 AM
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I feel like if I can play MY GAME against someone of his caliber, then I find myself easily finding my comfort zone playing anyone on earth. From a mental perspective, that's a great thing.
That is REALLY good advice, and an insight I needed to see. It's really hard for me to avoid attempting miracles when I play a Monster. You've reminded me that I need to work harder on closing that gaping hole.

Thanks.
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