Awareness and Composure at the Table ~ by Tim”the Monk” Miller


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 shot. You cannot use the Pre Shot Routine to create awareness. You have to have awareness before you begin the Pre Shot Routine.

In the awareness mode there is no room for thinking. All thought is gone. What is left is the awareness that all is right.

The best exercise to build your awareness skills is found in Segment One Lesson One. This one lesson is worth more than the cost of the membership. It is the cross corner stop shot. When you sight, allow the assurance that you are in line to come to you. Then shoot with confidence.

There are many skills we must develop and work for to become the player that most of us want to be. You are not going to get a lesson in “Awareness skills” from your local instructor, yet, without Awareness skills, you will be hard pressed to run tables.


Once you master composure your actions take on a different tone. In your daily life you will walk strong. Composure is not how you act, it is who you are. People often talk about how a composed person is strong in all situations.