Many times in our practice sessions,
when the occasion called for it,
El Maestro would encourage me to use my left hand,
instead of a bridge,
but every time I would pass on that,
explaining that my left hand was
completely useless, unfeeling, inert, uncoordinated.
(my father, a wise man in such matters,
says that a person's real reason
always comes after "...and besides...")
I would be mighty embarrassed
to miss a feeble lefthanded poke.
The Irish have this saying:
"Tis better the devil you know,
than the devil you don't know."
I prefer to use a bridge,
than to expand my skills?
Doesn't make sense does it?
For 3 years I never even tried.
But a few months ago,
in the privacy of my solo practice,
I actually tried a left handed shot,
and it went in.
Of course it was a very straight, short shot.
And it felt really strange.
But it went in.
Over some weeks,
I found a new freedom from the bridge
and learned to focus and trust my left hand.
About a month ago,
in a match with El Maestro,
and in a public pool hall,
for all the world to see,
I took a left handed shot,
and got position.
Now, don't get me wrong,
there is still much work that I can do
to get a natural, fluid stroke with the left.
But I am On The Path...