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- we are having a pool tournament to bennfit the fire company to get equipment we need is there a way that we could have any of the pros to show up and sign shirt and other things and what would the cost be it is may 15,2010 if u could get back to me on it i would really appreciate it thank you Brad
- Brad Wertz, Sunbury
This is really not the right forum for those particular questions. Please contact the Professional players' business offices and speak directly with their business managers. All the pro's should have a website with contact information into their business office please use that forum to contact the pro's directly.
- Gen Pool
- Hi Jeanette,
I was wondering what pro players have a pool clinics because I want to take my game to the next level. I'm willing to learn new things to get better at this game. I shoot 5 days a week consistently and a lot of tournaments through out the year. I just want to improve a lot maybe you can give me some training tips to get better!!
Thanks, Rick Anderson
Detroit Lakes MN
- RICK ANDERSON, DETROIT LAKES
- Hi Rick. I'm sorry but I really don't know what other pros hold clinics but I am sure there are plenty who are happy to give lessons, group or individually. I am organizing a juniors camp for next year but not sure I'll be able to swing an adults clinic. You can find a good list of BCA certified instructors or even contact the BCA to find out how many of them are pros.....
- Jeanette Lee
- Hi Jannete I would like to know how you got your first sponsorship deal. I shoot extremely well and I would like to play in a pro event but the only thing stopping me is money. do you know of any sponsors looking for players?
- Stephen Hammonds, Mount Pleasant
- Stephen, I'm a bit of an idealist and I believe that there are companies out there that are willing to sponsor "the right" players. The economy is bad, but even in bad times, companies are looking for opportunities to get there name out and boost their sales through marketing. The question is, why should they pick you? What makes you different from the other players that think they should get money just because they play well?
If you put yourself in the shoes of the company you are looking to approach, you have to be able to answer that question. How will you help our product or company get our name out? How will you boost our sales?
I have plenty of contracts, but you should absolutely know that I work hard for them. I don't just play pool. I help find ways to use my name and my skills and showmanship to bring attention to companies and help them create ways that they may not otherwise think of, to help bring new dollars into the company. It is work. We all work. I just have a job that is in a sport that I love.
I started off saving money to have a guy in the yellow pages write a resume for me. I had a friend take photos. I invested in going to the BCA tradeshow and pitched sponsors on why they should sponsor me and how I would give back. It took time, investment and lots of research. Unfortunately, our professional sport does not provide enough prize money to support a player on winnings alone.
I wish you all the best in your game, but do some research on the companies you want to approach and ways you can help them, help you......
- Jeanette Lee
- ok im a 17 year old pool player but heres the thing i have no liscense no car and no money so im only able to get out and shoot two times a week with people who are way worse than me though i am a pretty good player when i play these bad people my game level goes down to theres i cant concentrate and there is no way i can learn if im facing people who cant run out 2 balls i dont know what i should do any suggestions anything would be much appreciated
- trent stillson, nunica
I would suggest practicing by yourself, it is the fastest way to learn in my opinion because you can shoot every shot over that you missed or do not understand. If you can't afford to play by yourself which I too have this problem I would suggest to keep yourself motivated when playing weaker players is to use your imagination and pretend every game is against an idol or the finals of the world championships and every ball is worth $5000, then you will start baring down and can practice concentration and focus. You can also manipulate the score in your head, you might be up 5-0 but can imagine it being hill hill or even you being the one who is down. A friend of mine counts his misses every time he plays which helps him to stay focused and see where his game is at.
Remember - Their are no easy shots, I've seen Efren Reyes miss ball in hand 3 times so focus is needed in all shots regardless of their difficulty. Good luck and may your slate, roll straight!
- Rachael Abbink
- I have started to play pool consistently for about a year now and I have noticed a huge improvement in my game. I typically play on bar sized tables with a medium speed felt and tricky cushions, on these tables I have had quite a few rack runs, among consistent accuracy and overall gameplay. I have had the privilege to play against Tom Rossman when he put on a show at my University and was greatly inspired. I am curious as to how I can take my game to the next level, ultimately competing professionally like you. I am not quite 21 yet so this is a minor barrier to leagues and where they are hosted. I feel like I have hit a plateau and need something though I can't quite put a finger on it. Your advice will be greatly appreciated!
- Cory Meza, Minot/ San Diego
- The APA is a great place to start competing once you turn 21! In the meantime, there are still plenty of regional events around that you can compete in. Check out www.billiardsdigest.com or www.azbilliards for listings of events. San Diego definitely has a few rooms that have good players in them. Try to make your way there and play against better players. Don't be afraid to ask questions. There are also many great books out there with drills. I know drills aren't always exciting, but when done properly, show great rewards. Position Drills are very important, particularly ones that include rail shots. Most importantly, I'm not sure what you're budget is, but there are great instructors like Jerry Briesath and Mark Wilson that will really open your eyes about the stroke and how to develop it. They will take a look at your swing and give you plenty to work on. Good Luck!
- Jeanette Lee
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