I’m finally back at the practice table. Over the last four months, I’ve played only one day a week and have not practiced a single time. That all changed yesterday when I decided to practice one shot for two hours straight. Yes, that’s right, just one shot. It’s not a very tough shot, a short bank to the corner, but for some reason I’ve been unable to achieve any consistency with it.
After the first 30 minutes, I discovered a new aiming method which improved my success rate from ~20% to about ~50% instantly. Over the next 1.5 hours I continued to experiment with various combinations of speed, follow/draw, and spin to improve my percentages and figure out multiple ways to make the same shot. In all pool games, the ability to predict and control the final resting spot of the cue ball is a critical skill. Learning multiple methods for making the same shot gives you the opportunity to select the method which leaves the cue ball in the most advantageous position for yourself after the shot.
Ok, you may ask, but why did I chose to invest so much time learning this one bank shot? Why not practice running balls, practice my break shot, or practice hitting really hard cut shots? The reason is simple: I have a new “Pool Goal”, and this particular bank shot is going to be one of the corner stones upon which I will rebuild my pool skills in an effort to achieve my ultimate pool dream. More about that dream in my next post.
I love your dedication and tenacity. I had a similar episode with a straight in shot that I practiced using left/right English. I hit a bazillion of them for about two hours at the pool hall. I hit the shot so many times that is caused a white line to form on the table. I think people around me thought I was crazy. I just couldn’t stand missing it so much.
Thanks for sharing.
Awesome Skippy! Yeah, super focused practice often makes people wonder “what’s wrong with us?” Improvement is infectious. When you face your weaknesses and fears, and overcome them, it’s an adrenaline rush. Keep up the great work!
It may be a good time to relate this new experience with what I call the Isosceles method and read it from a different perspective. All the best and more power!
I’m impressed and right on keep practicing. I just finish hitting 2,000 balls from the spot to the corners. It will improve your stroke .
Keep up the great work Wayne! An accurate and smooth stroke is a super important skill. Thanks for the comment!