Wednesday, March 29, 2006
In the never ending pursuit of perfection,
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Where Custom Cues Come From
I happened to be checking out some wood
for a custom-built seating area
next to the pool table,
and I was tipped to go look at
Exotic Hardwoods in Carlsbad.
(click on image above)
They've got some serious wood!
There was cocobolo all over the place,
and when I mentioned that I have
a cue made out of that stuff,
they told me that they supply ALL
of the custom cue makers,
and then rattled off a list of names
that was a Who's Who of the best.
Who'da thunk it?
Right in my own back yard!
Of course, I was way out of my league...
I know nothing about these exotic woods,
but I know what I like!
They sure have some beautiful stuff.
So, now you know.
Looking for some awesome material
for your next cue?
Check this place out,
and while you are in town,
stop by Mikie's Fun House
and shoot some pool...
Sunday, March 05, 2006
Getting The Breaks
Today's practice session with El Maestro
produced some extraordinary results.
We played several races to 7 in 9-ball.
He always spots me the break shot
because my break shot is so weak
and inconsistent that I need the practice.
But today, all the planets aligned,
and I must have been doing something right.
I sunk the 9 on the break a LOT.
Tony figures it was 7 times!
That sure is an easy way to win...
Also, I was getting balls on the break,
many times multiple balls,
and giving myself a good chance for
a break and run.
Late in the practice session
I asked him if he could figure out
why I was getting so "lucky" on the break.
He said it might have something to do
with the conditions of the table.
The door was open and the air
was cooler than normal, 50-52 degrees,
and humidity between 40-60%.
And, the table had been re-leveled
just the day before.
What I noticed is that I was
much more focused on hitting the cue ball
in exactly the right place,
really burning my eyes into a very
specific spot on the cue ball
just before the break shot.
Today's lesson proved beyond a doubt
just how important a strong break shot is.
I won 3 out of 5 races to 7.
I still have work to do
with cue ball control on the break.
My tendency is to hit the ball too high
and it spins forward instead of
stopping in the center of the table.
Friday, March 03, 2006
What does Losing feel like?
I started feeling quite strange last night
and again this morning...
it's something very different,
and I've been giving it a lot of thought,
and have come to the conclusion that
it must be what Losing feels like.
Congrats on your wins.
I promise it will not be so easy next time...
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