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The Adventures of FastMikie
in search of Truth and Beauty in the art of pocket billiards.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

More Shoulder Shenanigans

Today's X-rays of both shoulders show calcium deposits which could be a cause of the pain. MRI imaging is scheduled to get a better look. Meanwhile the new M.D. shoulder specialist prescribes a new therapy/strengthening/stretching program, and another cortisone injection into the right shoulder, just an hour ago.

On the giant list of "things that I love", injections are way toward the bottom. No pun intended. In this case the injection was into the shoulder, and surprisingly wasn't as bad as I anticipated. Dr. Mark does almost un-noticeable injections. Truly a talent. My dentist also does virtually undetectable injections, which is probably why I have been going back to him for the last 30 years. Is this more info than you wanted? Am I rambling? I'd rather talk pool.

Hopefully this latest injection will do the trick and I can start getting back in stroke. I did 2 hours of practice yesterday and it was just amazingly weird some of the things that happened when I struck the cue ball.

I am reminded of
the dancing of Elaine Benes (from Seinfeld). (YouTube video)

My stroke may not be as spastic as Elaine, but it's more toward that end of the spectrum, with Efren Reyes far, far away.

I have developed a new stroke-quirk: The butt of my cue, or my knuckles, hit the rail when I follow through. Of course, not on every shot, just those where my right hand will be near the rail when I finish the shot. It seems that the frequency is increasing for this sort of acquired gesture.

I have set up the video camera again. I predict more clips soon.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

If your butt or knuckles hit the rail it usually means a major elbow drop, or as Scott Lee would call it, "elbow collapse" in your stroke.

The important question is at what point during your stroke does the elbow drop; before, during or after contact with the cue ball?

Friday, September 05, 2008 5:56:00 PM  
Blogger poolminnow said...

HI, FastMikie. Wishing your shoulder a speedy return to normal or better. And a happy birthday!

Monday, September 08, 2008 8:10:00 PM  
Blogger Michael McCafferty said...

PM: you're the best! Thanks for the B-day / shoulder wishes. Hugs, FM

Tuesday, September 09, 2008 12:52:00 PM  
Blogger Michael McCafferty said...


Your assessment sounds accurate. Thanks for the very thoughtful comment. Now I have something to work on that will help me improve.


Wednesday, September 10, 2008 8:03:00 AM  
Blogger Robert Johnson said...

If it's not the "elbow collapse" that Dan mentioned, then it might be you are holding the butt too far back, such that your hand is going downward as the cue ball is hit during the pendulum swing. (BCA instructors suggest the forearm should be vertical at contact.) Probably what Dan said though.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008 1:07:00 PM  

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