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- Cool you responded. Ok that before was jus to see if you would respond. I have a problem. Now i have had plenty of breaks and runs and have made more than 3 a few times, but how do i keep from getting so excited when i see a break and run layout? They are not new to me but it jus makes me feel so good(i guess like a pro.lol) when i do it, but that comes into play and i miss shots that i wouldnt miss with my eyes closed if not on a break and run. Ive never played for 25000 or 50000 but pressure doesnt seem to bother me b/c ive learned to channel that and love the feeling, its the excitement that messes me up. What am i to do? Just keep practicing until i work the bug out?
- Michael Landrum, Pensacola
- You pretty much nailed it Michael. Practice makes perfect...But there is one thing you can do. Stay in the moment and finish the job. When shooting the last (few) balls, continue to play position and do not stop thinking about the overall plan. Even on the 9ball (or 8ball), play position. Always play the entire shot, and don't just pocket the ball. It tends to make your shooting arm a bit unsure if your brain hasn't told it what to do with both the ball AND the cue ball.
Keep at it, it'll happen!
- Ewa Laurance
- Hey Ewa! im a pool freak. i wake up watching espn classic that shows all old matches and then go play and go to bed thinking of how to play better. i just started playing 14 months ago. im 22 now and can b and r 3 racks in a row pretty consecutively. i practice about 8-9 hours a day. The only leagues we have is on bar boxes, i dont care for that too much, b/c i learned on a 9ft. How do i get involved to become a pro? thats not a dream anymore it will become a reality for me. You and Mitch will be commentating on me! LOL. O one more thing you guys are married right
- Michael Landrum, Pensacola
Glad to hear you tune in to watch us on ESPN and that you've fallen in love with the game. Sounds like you're really improving quickly!
There are a few different ways to go about making it to the pros. You can start by joining a league, such as APA or BCA. This way you get the opportunity to compete on a regular basis and get used to the pressure. There are also smaller to midsize tournaments around the country that you can enter and match your skills against others.
I would suggest doing this first, before you head out into the pros. If you enter the pros too early, it's easy to get discouraged, and the better players may get used to beating you...
So compete as much as you can around your area, then log on to the generationpool.com site for information on the major events. They also have some links on here so that you can do your own research.
I hope we get a chance to commentate on one of your matches soon!(And yes, we're married)
- Ewa Laurance
- what is the main differece between a good amateur and a pro?
- Seb Avila, San Jose, Costa Rica
- An amateur can play in amateur events. A pro on the womens tour WPBA has to qualify to play on our tour, and then still has to fill requirements to attain Pro status.
- Jeanette Lee
- Hello, I have a question.
Is there a way to get great practice without having your own pool table? I live in an apartment and not a house. I believe that if I can practice drills that would greatly advance my skills.
- John Hunter, Atlanta
- Sure there is. There is no reason why you can't practice your drills in the pool room. No rule says you only go there to spar against other players. Often this will also result in you finding someone else that loves the game- and want to improve- as much as you do and you may be able to learn from each other. Obviously, the table time will cost you some, but most rooms have a deal for regular customers, especially during slow times of the week. And it sure beats the cost of buying a table and paying for a larger apartment!
- hi..im 19 years old live in curacao..its a smal ilan with a very smal population of people living here..so there aint much pool players..weird but truth with 19 years old i'm the best player of curacao in junior and senior..all though this was my last year of junior..this year i won the pan american that's a tourney between the hole south america to see who goess to the world championship..i won the junior..and i finished 13th of 33 in they world champioship of junior in reno..and what i wanted to know is how can i get better while playing here with a smal population of players and while ur the best and cant learn anything else from anyone here, and with money problems to travel, since like the ticket to reno $1300 was and i'm just a kid:p..
thank you for you time, :-) and keep up your good work:)
- Anthony Wever, curacau.. netherlands anitillen
- Hi Anthony, Congratulations on all your success. If you have internet , you can study other top players play. There must be many videos out there. I would start by setting goals with your game. For example, practicing Kicks, banks, masse's jumps, using all types of english at different speeds. Set up shots that challenge you and keep track of your success rate. For example, throw out a set of balls and see how long it takes you to kick and MAKE every ball. It will make you realize very quickly how much more you can learn about rails and english. It's always difficult when you don't have much challengers but there is always so much to learn, just from playing by yourself if you stay humble and look forward to growing your game.
- Jeanette Lee
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