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Sunday, January 09, 2011

Pool Notes

I was going through an old computer that I used for recording some of my practice sessions and found a file called "Pool Notes".  It got me curious, so I opened it to find some thougths you may find interesting.  Here it is in its entirety:

Pool Notes:

Enjoy giving each shot your full, consistent Attention.

Practice the way you want to play.

Don’t pick up the cue unless you are going to give the shot your full Attention.

Pre-shot routine:
1.      Breathe – Oxygen: brain food
2.      Relax
3.      Self Talk:  Relax, Breathe, Confident stroke, follow through
4.      Walk around the table
5.      Plan 3 balls ahead
6.      Touch the position target
7.      See the shot
a.       See the shot, the stroke, the follow through
b.      See the ball go into the pocket
c.       See the cue ball go to the position spot 

            A.  The night before the match:
1.      Get fully rested.
2.      Equipment
a.       Tip maintenance
b.      Clean glove
            B.     The morning of the match
1.      Eat right
2.      stretch
3.      Visualization
i.                     See yourself winning
ii.                   See yourself being relaxed, smiling, breathing
4.      Affirmations:
1.      I am in the match for what I will learn from it.
2.      I have all the tools.
3.      I can make all the shots.
4.      I have the experience.
5.      I have the knowledge

5.      Self hypnosis

During the match
A.     Tunnel vision
a.       Focus only on the table
b.      Composure: Confident, Emotionless
c.       Continuous positive self talk
d.      No conversations.
e.       Bear down from the start.

Self talk
A.     Everything is going extremely well
B.     I am breathing easily
C.     I am remaining calm and relaxed

I use my high intelligence to play percentages, see opportunities, natural patterns.
I know how to win.  I have an excellent record of going undefeated.
I never give up.  Never. 
I have an excellent record of success in my Life.


A.       When there are only a few balls left on the table, and no easy runout:
DO NOT TAKE LOW %  shot.
Play a double shot strategy. 
Don’t give the opponent a shot.
i.        Push a ball in front of pocket
ii.    Push a ball in front of his
iii.   Push a ball for breaking cluster

   B.  Sharking:
Ignore it.  Do not reply.  Smile.  Let it go.
Only MY behavior is of importance.


Blogger Predator Milk said...

Very nice... I love it. Get this tattooed on the inside of your eyelids. I love the sunset billiard picture as well, I could die happy in that room.

Monday, January 17, 2011 10:51:00 AM  
Blogger Michael McCafferty said...

Thanks for your kind words. Yes, I know what you mean about the room, but hopefully I live a long time and play lots of pool there before they carry me out feet first...


Monday, January 17, 2011 11:00:00 AM  
Blogger redeeming myself said...

These are GREAT! I've printed them and hung them above my desk in my office. I can't help but to re-read these all day! ;)

Thursday, January 20, 2011 1:43:00 PM  

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