After much contemplation and consternation, I’ve finally made some tough decisions regarding my training plan for the next few months. It was not easy making these decisions, and they are not necessarily what I ‘wanted’ to do, but I think at this point in my development these are the best items for me to include in my plan. Here’s my new plan:
1. Serious Solo Practice – Daily practice to work on key skills needed to improve my game. What I work on depends on a continuous honest and sometimes painful self assessment of my current playing abilities and areas of weakness in my game.
2. APA weekly competition – I manage and play on an eight ball team on one night, then compete as needed on two additional teams on different nights. My objective is to work out a schedule that allows me to play at least two matches each week against players who are ranked skill level ‘7’ in the APA league. The goal is to put maximum pressure on myself to win the short race to 5 matches by as wide a margin as possible. I’m currently focusing on eight ball in the APA, but will add nine ball next season.
3. Periodic Matchups – Gain additional competitive experience by matching up with the better players who frequent California Billiards. I’ll be matching up during the week and paying nine ball and occasionally one pocket.
4. Free weekends – My goal is not to play on weekends. I can knock myself out during the week, but weekends are sacred. Hence, I will rarely compete on the local pool tours…at least for now. I got some great tournament experience in the CPPT, but for the rest of this year, I just need to focus on talent development. This may change next year…we’ll see!