“So you are thinking about buying a pool table” Obviously you can purchase a new one, but depending on your budget, you may consider purchasing a pre-owned table, which can be a good alternative to a new one, offering you more “bang for your buck.” One of the first things you want to consider is the style. Do you want a furniture style or a commercial style. Today many people are putting their pool table in the living room or a very nice family room and want a table that look
Very few pool players understand that their performance will reach a stalemate after they master many of the mental and physical aspects of the game. This “lack of improvement” occurs because The fact remains that you cannot play pool completely subconsciously. This is a common problem that needs to be addressed—if you can’t clearly define where the problem lies in your mind, how can you go about solving it? It is like driving a bicycle through an obstacle course while wearin
Recently one of my students asked, “How can I erase the memory of As a coach, I usually tell my students that thoughts are just thoughts and to treat them as such. When your brain produces negativity, a single thought doesn’t have the power to become an emotion that will affect your overall performance. However, the more time you devote to that particular thought, the more you empower it to change your overall mood. Negative thoughts generally lead to performance anxiety, whi
Take the big breaker who crushes the rack but throws a temper tantrum every time he scratches: Yes, he’s got a powerful stroke, but before long his emotions are completely out of control. Next, consider his polar opposite, the guy who strikes the one nice and solid with a firm speed: He has roughly half the physical talents of the big breaker, but he knows his limitations and plays within them. Physical abilities only create potential in pool; it’s application that makes the
The System of Having No System When considering Aiming Systems, let us look to the master Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee may someday be surpassed in certain physical elements of his art, but it’s more his philosophy that will be considered the paradigm for excellence. For without the way he approached Martial Arts from his mental plane, the physical would have never been achieved. The basic concept of “the style of having no style” or in our case, “the system of having no system”, is n
These apply to just about everyone. It is nearly impossible to avoid these laws and their consequence. They don’t apply every time, but when they do, it is a personal intervention from the hands of any one of the many billiard gods. • The more balls you make in an inning, the easier it is to miss an easy shot.
• On a 9 Ball hill-hill game, if you make the 9 ball, the cue ball will scratch.
• The better you play, the easier you can be beaten by a lesser player.
• The better
Sam first played pool five years ago at the age of twelve. She fell in love with the game for many reasons but her natural ability allowed her to improve at an alarming rate. Very soon she was the center of attention. One of the local coaches heard about her progress and observed her obvious talent. He was so impressed; he offered his coaching services for free. This was an incredible opportunity; the coach was responsible for a number of young players who had risen from club
Our emotions are created by a small part of the brain that for simplicity we will call the emotional brain. There are of course many causes for the emotional brain to become active, but we will look at how a few simple changes in words and tone can produce a very different reaction. Let’s look at an example of how this is possible. Stacey is playing a winner takes all money match. it’s a race to 21 and she has opened a comfortable 20-10 lead. She is cueing well and feeling re
Standing up I see the shot with my eye. There are no thoughts going through my mind. Just see the shot. With my brain, I know the stroke I am going to use, again, no thought going through my mind. Knowing the stroke enhances the target. I do not take my eye off the target. At this stage I am connecting to the shot. Then I lean over and land on the cue ball. I set my cue tip on the cue ball and focus on that vital spot. At this point I allow my brain to absorb how this cue tip
AWARENESS IS A SKILL Awareness of a shot is not something to try to achieve. You don’t actively create awareness. It is a skill you possess. When you automatically know that you are in line with the shot you are in the awareness mode. When you know the stroke, once again, it is the awareness mode. Most importantly, you know you are going to make the shot. That knowledge comes from your awareness skills. Practice shooting without thinking but being aware of the dynamics of the
The main difference between the professional player and the best amateur is that the pro does not miss shots. They have a unique way of aiming at the object ball. And the men will not share this information with anyone, not even their wives. It is a closely guarded secret. The reason I share this with you is because it is time for you to think about how you are going to aim the ball. There are many systems out there that really create more confusion than anything else. Aimin
The MONK 101 is a complete training program and will give you all the material you need to build a strong exciting game. This is your chance to become a solid world class player !!! I am forming a special group called the Wolf Pack. Your success means a lot to me. I will not stop until every member of the Wolf Pack has reached the finish line and is ready to go out and make a mark. If you join this special group you will receive the material you need to make it to the end of
When you play this game try to glide
around the table in a nice smooth motion. Do not use any herky-jerky movements.
Don’t act like you are not sure of your next move. Your steps should have
purpose. You are moving to a part of the table where you will take decisive
action. Move smoothly from shot to shot. You will feel the flow and with this
feeling, negative thoughts will not be present. PERSONAL NOTE. I was struggling with my stroke and I wrote this article. When I finishe
a Master Instructor, I get the privilege of working with
junior players of all ability levels. Some are among the best in the world and
many are striving to become the best they can be. Mental coaching for junior player is perhaps the most
rewarding work I do. Teaching a young
player how to develop a positive mindset and watching them grow in both ability
and confidence is great! I not only help
them become better players, but it will also help them in school and other