How to Be Best Prepared For Your Next Tournament or Big Match ~ by David Donvan

Lets assume that you have been practicing your favorite drills and working on your weakest areas, now what?

Here are 10 Keys Points that can help you to better performance.

  1. For 25 years, I owned and operated Health & Fitness Centers as well as several Pool/Billiard Rooms and have long recognized the value of being in shape. If you haven’t already made exercise a regular habit, start now. Always start light and gradually work up. Make sure the day of the event you do some stretching exercises and mild cardiovascular work. You don’t want to wear yourself out, but do just enough to loosen up the muscles and to get the blood flowing. This not only helps physically, but it causes your body to release chemicals that create a sense of well being.

  2. If you are really serious about performing your best, the day before and the day of the event, do not consume any alcohol. This is only if you really want to be at your best. Pool takes a lot of skill and finesse. To players who tell me that they play better after a few drinks, I often ask, “If you were faced with open heart surgery, would you insist that your doctor consume several drinks first”?

  3. The day of the event, you should not eat any large meals, but instead, numerous small meals and healthy snacks throughout the day.

  4. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water.

  5. You should practice positive reinforcement by spending a few minutes each night closing your eyes and visualize seeing yourself playing a perfect match and sinking the last ball. See it as if it was on a big screen TV, in bright colors; hear the sounds of the balls dropping; see the balls splittin