“One Pocket, it’s an epidemic and there ain’t no cure.” – Strawberry Brooks
Project One Pocket is a project in which I advocate One Pocket and try to inspire others, especially in the Netherlands and eventually in the rest of Europe as well, to start playing One Pocket, to share knowledge and ideas about the game and to set up more One Pocket tournaments across the continent. The project went through several stages and will continue to evolve and grow over time.
As a nine-year-old I started playing pool. Standing on an empty crate of Coca Cola, firing those balls towards the pocket. It was love at first sight. The technical challenges became an addiction. During time I won the Dutch National Youth Championships 11 times, but never managed to break through internationally. I developed too many other interests and decided to quit trying to become a professional at the age of 18. After a year or two, pool became a hobby and I started to play one pocket and bank pool. That was the moment when my passion for pool resurrected. I even ended up playing the Derby City Classic in 2015. Now, it’s my personal mission to inspire people to play one pocket.
In September 2016 I began writing about what One Pocket means to me and what it could mean to other pool players. I wanted to share my point of view on the game of One Pocket and on certain paradigms within the world of pool. With these texts I want to inspire players to play the game, to provide different perspectives, and to show the beauty of the most intriguing game of pool. Five articles came forth from this mission, ‘The first 5’, and I called it the One Pocket Series, but I didn’t have a platform to spread these words. Luckily, I was already planning to start a blog that’s now called Poolhead. These articles became the first 5 posts on my blog called Poolhead.
The next step in the continuous development of Project One Pocket was starting a YouTube channel in light of providing a collection of videos for others to study and to share knowledge about the game provided by pool’s greatest players. YouTube is a grand master in teaching! You don’t have to figure the game out all by yourself. Others have already done that for you, so we should take advantage of it. You can learn from them first, and give a personal twist to it afterward