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Pool Players Be More Active Here!


Pool Players Be More Active Here!

I've been off and on with work lately but I've always checked in. I know we are a pretty small group but I'd still like to hear about what's going on with your game and really I'd like to hear any thoughts or observations you guys have while playing.

Share more guys, any news is good news.

Pool Players Be More Active Here!

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  1. BishopFenwick on 8/6/2008 1:09:13 AM

    Me to! Someone besides me must have some progress and or advice to share! I'm all ears, near deaf as I am. I can still read!

  2. Bishopdlabout on 10/9/2008 1:04:13 PM

    Well, I'm fairly new to this forum. I come out from time to time to see if there are any questions or interesting ideas floating around. I have enjoyed reading the many posts and find that our community is pretty wide in the way of experience. My belief has always been that as we all continue in our quest to get better that we owe it to other players to teach along the way. I came to that philosophy from my own experiences as a kid. If I had the time of a better player it would have made learning the game much faster. So, at every opportunity I try to teach those who are interested in learning.

    I personally have been shooting since I was 7 years old. I used to save my allowance to go play pool at the local Holiday Inn. I was there so much that most of the staff knew me. As I progressed I would do tournaments at the local college and occasionally at a pool hall. I have continued to shoot pool through the years and one point considered going pro. I realized that the life a professional pool player wasn't much of a life at all. I love the game but realized quickly that it too could become a job. I have gone on to other jobs in my life but still love the game of pool.

    I currently play on a VNEA league once a week and try to get into a tournament about once a month. I have played in the APA since 1990 as well as a few other leagues. My schedule has been full this year with my son graduating high school and going off to the Marine Corps. He has followed in his old mans foot steps in that he too plays a lot of pool and wanted to be a Marine. I'm very proud of him and have taught him as much as I can about life and billiards. I have to say that the game of pool has allowed me to meet many good folks and I cherish those interactions.

    Well, I hope that this gives you a window into my world. I look forward to talking with you all more.

  3. Bishopquickshot on 10/10/2008 6:35:33 AM

    Doug: What is the VNEA league? And by the way I understand the 45 rule now. I know it as a massé shot to avoid a push shot,which, as far as I know, is not legal anywhere. But then again I've been away from pool for some 40 years until about a year ago. You should be proud of your son, and I say good luck to him. Been there, done that with no regrets.

  4. Bishopdlabout on 10/10/2008 7:12:04 AM

    @quickshot,

    The VNEA league is the Valley League (vnea.com). It has been a nice change from the APA world. I enjoy the friendly nature of APA but Valley league is a little more competitive. I've also done the BCA but the travel around town for matches was just a little too much over the top.

  5. Bishopquickshot on 10/10/2008 7:25:42 AM

    I've had the same problem with the BCA. Thus the APA where the division I play in is a little more local. And for me that is good because my night vision leaves something to be desired.

  6. Bishopcollin281 on 10/28/2008 10:45:04 AM

    I have been playing off and on ever since I could see over the table. When I was young my dad used to take me with him to his favorite little bar where I was a fourth generation patron. pool and shuffleboard became my favorite pastimes instead of the football and basketball that all the other kids were in to. I am still only 25 and not that spectacular of a player, but i still love it all the same and continue to progress.

    Lately I've been trying to get a little more technical with my game but i still have a hard time keeping it together when shots start to miss. That's always been my biggest problem.

  7. Bishopdlabout on 10/28/2008 11:18:03 AM

    I think we have all had our emotions get the better of us. As I have progressed I have learned to focus on the shot at hand and push thoughts of previous shots out of my head. I would look at a table and had the run finished before I started. I quickly realized that I wasn't in the moment. The shot in front of you is what is important. Decide on the leave, the english and power while you address the ball. Once you bend over it becomes a game of executing what you have decided. In addition, I would also beat myself up for missing a leave or a previous shot that I missed. Any shot that leaves you still at the table is good enough. The leave you have will not change by admonishing yourself. Accept what you have and strive to make the best of it. Sometimes that might be a safety, or sometimes it is pocketing the ball. Decide what is best then execute.

  8. Bishopquickshot on 10/28/2008 12:10:30 PM

    As the cue ball goes... so goes the game.

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Pool Players Be More Active Here!

  • Title: Pool Players Be More Active Here!
  • Author: (Ryan Jones)
  • Published: 11/1/2007 9:38:45 AM