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Billiards Planet #001 Premier jan-23-2007
Table of Contents:
Contenderosis: (Why did he miss that Easy Shot?)
Jennifer Barretta in Play Boy magazine
B.E.T.T.E.R. What does this mean? Find out in this issue.
Tip of the Month
Why did he miss that Easy Shot? Is it Contenderosis?
He is gliding around the table pocketing ball after
ball. He cuts in the 5 and rolls around to the center
for a nice angle on the 6 ball. The six is in with ease
and the white ball rolls nice.
The thought rushes through his head. Wow! Three more
and I'm out.
He shoots the 7 in the corner. He Hit it To soft,
the cue ball rolls short for the 8. He stands up in
frustration. Walks around the table. He Decides on a
shot he feels he can make. He takes the shot and it's a
The 8 ball is in like it had eyes. The cue ball rolls
around the table coming to a halt close to the edge of
the top rail. He's now on the 9 Ball. The dreaded Game
Ball. The Money Ball! The Cheese!
The shot is a little longer than he would have liked.
It's fairly straight in. He thinks I've got to make
this. He gets down on the shot. Takes a few practice
strokes. He thinks! I better stop the cue ball here. He
strokes it hard a little below center, hits it square
and the 9 rattles both tits and stay's hanging in the
How many times do we see players do this?
How many times has it happened to you?
Is it the mental conversation with ourselves that
causes the missed money ball?
Many would say yes. In my 30 years of playing pool, I
have seen some pretty good players miss some very easy
shots. Yes myself included.
I read an article in the early nineties, from some of the
pool magazines, called "Contenderosis". This is basically
a form of self sharking. It's bad enough when other
players shark you, but worse when you shark yourself. Some would define it as Choke. (ie He Choked on that shot or Don't Choke!)
I play in competitive leagues and have since I was 21.
Our team plays in the BCA tournament every year in Las
Vegas. I've been to the Rally in the Valley with T.A.P.
league. This is the Super Billiards Expo in Valley
Forge PA. I've played in the A.P.A locally and in the
Las Vegas Nationals. Two years back i even
played in the T.A.P. nationals in New Orleans.
With all my travels I have yet to find a player that
won't admit to being talked out of or talking themselves
out of a shot, or many shots. This I guess is why you
find Gambling in pool. Anyone can miss, any shot, any
I even have one acquaintance who said that sometimes
when He is playing, he will notice someone watching. He
said that he would think to himself, "I better make
this or this guy will really think I suck".
After this thought comes in his mind He misses.
We have to be extremely careful what we let our mind
focus on while playing pool. I found it works best to
zone in on the shot and simply play the object ball
in with shape on whitey coming from the correct stroke.
we will cover this in more detail in a future article.
Until then, Focus on your shot only. Disregard who
is or is not watching. Keep consequences of missing
out of you mind. Use The Force Luke.
All rights Res.(c)tedmauro 2007
Jennifer Barretta in Playboy!
I was surfing some Billiards Info on line and I ran
across a post about pools great Jennifer Barretta in
Play Boy Magazine. No she is not naked.
There is a pretty cool article and some diagrammed
trick shots. you can follow the link below and
check it out.
Follow this text link and Read the Article about Jennifer Barretta!
B.E.T.T.E.R. What does this mean?
Once again my surfing caused me to find some cool info.
B.E.T.T.E.R. stands for:
Billiard Excellence Through Training, Education and
It is designed to offer high schools with another
alternative sport and activity for their students.
It is well organized and highly disciplined.
You can follow this link to inside pool and read the entire story.
Tip Of the Month!
I believe the tip this month should go along with our featured article.
Be aware of the thoughts going through your mind
while you are playing pool. If they are at all
negative, or if any doubt is present, don't shoot.
Stand up, look it over, walk around the table.
Get Your mind in the right state before You stroke
the cue ball. As we say in Pueblo. "Be Right"!
Focus only on your target (object ball or rail)
and your desired result.
Keep your head down (Stay down on the shot),
stroke it with confidence and follow through.
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