I didn't play a lick for 25 years, and just started again about a month ago.
The more I play right now, the better I feel. 3 or 4 times a week is all I've managed. Usually 2-3 hours each time.
I know deep down inside that I could quickly reach my former level if I could play 4-6 hours a day for about a month, but it's too expensive and I can't seem to get that motivated. I need to spend what time I can in perfect practice!
I've been devoting quite a bit of my time to one-pocket. First the banks started to come back, but I couldn't see the moves. Now I realise that the average players game has increased a level (a ball or two) since I quit. I'm also struggling with some temporary cues while mine is being refinished and I notice the difference. That's just an excuse but I need to have complete comfort with my cue.
My strategy is to set goals for the fall. While everyone I know golfs this summer, I'm planning to practice 2 hours a day, 5 or 6 days a week. I hope to be in the best form of my life by the fall, and to be one or 2 balls better in 1P.
My nine ball break has to get fixed, and I need to put more racks together. First I'm working on my fundamentals, and then working on them some more ! Perfect stance (not lazy) with every shot taken as if it really matters, a complete follow through on ALL shots, and finally staying all the way down until the follow through is COMPLETE! If I don't do this, my hard earned dollars are just being wasted.
As far as the break is concerned, I'm now just breaking at medium speed but hitting the one ball dead square. As it gets grooved I'll increase my speed and power.
What's your regimen for improvement ?
Has anyone used a coach at a professional level ? How about a school for pool like Tom Simpsons or Allison's and Gertas?