In the never ending pursuit of perfection,
last night I went back to basics: Oxygen. Here's how the logic works: Pool is 90% mental (and the other half is all in your head) ;o) And your mind lives on oxygen (it requires 90% more oxygen than other organs) Therefore the critical path of pool perfection must optimize oxygen delivery to the brain. And so you have it, the reason why I tried Oxia the portable, personal oxygen delivery system. This product was brought to my attention by a good friend and business partner who lives in Australia. I heard about it a couple of months ago but it has taken a while to get hold of a sample. I figured I'd try it in the presence of others so they would rush me of the hospital if my brain exploded (I hate when that happens). Heck, I was concerned that maybe the oxygen bottle might explode! Nothing exploded. I opened it, pushed a button, and breathed through my mouth. No "rush" was sensed, and in fact it seemed like an irrelevant event, so much so that I was not curious to do more. One, maybe two quick breaths. Unremarkable. I had been shooting pool before and after those insignificant breaths. I won the first race to 5 in 8-ball. But it was not my opponent's best game. Next we played straight pool, which he prefers. I won the first match to 100 points by more than 50 balls, which is good, for me. It was sometime during that game to 100 that I inhaled Oxia for the first time. I didn't notice anything different, but my opponent, who by that time was looking for any excuse, did remark that perhaps that oxygen was having a beneficial effect to my game. I think his exact remark was "You're shooting good, maybe it's the oxygen." I continued shooting good thru the end. And then we shot another game to 100. This time I lost by 4 balls, and there is no question in my mind why. In the beginning of the second game I started to yawn, a lot. I was feeling tired and started to slouch. I was not feeling as alert. Would another shot of oxygen at that first yawn have changed the outcome? Did I get tired because of a sort of chocolate high, then crash, sort of effect? Obviously more experimentation is needed. However, be warned... If it does what I think it can do, it will be worth every penny. As I mentioned, Oxia is the product of my Australia friends so if you want to experiment on your own tell them "Fast Mikie sent me", and maybe, if there's enough interest we can get them to stock some here in San Diego. (Mine was shipped in from Las Vegas). Website: www.oxia.com 1-800-OXIA-USA Remember, tell 'em Fast Mikie sent you!
Gold Crown IV
Wednesday, March 15, 2006
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
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
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...