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Professional Billiard Foods?


Professional Billiard Foods?

I play an excellent pool game, able to clear the rack at least 3 times out of 10. Although this happens very easily in practise or social play i completely freeze up in tournaments. Missing the most basic shots, unable to get position with easy shots. . ..oh where has my nerves gone?"

If someone could perhaps give me some advice on what to do, it will be greatly appreciated. I also heard the top pool champions are told what to eat and what not to eat before a tournament. does any1 know anything about this?

Professional Billiard Foods?

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  1. Quantinguest on 10/20/2007 4:09:36 PM

    I applaud you for being creative in trying to find the edge in your game. It shows real dedication. I can tell you that you probably have the right idea, as there are obvious foods and beverages to avoid before playing.

    But, because different food affects different people differently, you'll want to consult your family physician, or your kinesiologist.

    For example, my wife has a condition that upsets her stomach in to knots and pains when she eats white bread. This would obviously be bad for her before a game. I, on the other hand, love bread, and it makes me feel satisfied, and thus, more at ease. The point is, everyone is different, and other than yourself, only your health care professional can provide with appropriate guidance here.

    Off the top of my head though, I avoid coffee or anything with caffeine because in a tournament, you are already stimulated, and the extra caffeine just makes you jittery.

  2. QuantinPlumb on 11/2/2007 2:25:34 PM

    Since you can already run 3/10 racks you're already quite a good player. I have some tips for you in competitive play:

    1)Believe you can do it...you can, you just need to relax and your normal game will happen. Heck if you can relax properly in competition chances are your game will be better, but if you're tense it's always gonna suck.

    2)Try to develop a pause in your stroke just before you shoot. Either at the front of the stroke or at the back. It might feel jerky or unrythmic at first but with practice it becomes part of the rythm and it does wonders for pressure. Shot confirmation builds shot confidence which encourages relaxation. Try this...stroke/stroke/stroke...pause...shoot. Once you get the hang of it I recommend not worrying about how many strokes you do before the pause, because rehearsal should depend on the type of shot imo, and you can get too mechanical about it.

  3. Quantinjrbanks on 12/5/2007 2:20:13 AM

    More food for thought! I used to have the same problem. I would be shooting with my friends at home and wiping the table out with no problem. Then get down to some serious pool playing in tournaments and could not make 2 balls in a row. I found I got very nervous and sort of felt like stage fright. Seems I was nervous about having to play someone I did not know and felt maybe they were better than I was. The cure to the problem I found was that pool is a competitive sport, but not a contact sport like football, baseball or hockey. In pool, the other player can not affect any shots you make on the table. He can not block a shot while you are shooting. So, the other player should not affect how you play YOUR GAME! When you shoot, it is you and the table and the object balls and the cue ball and your stick. NO OPPONENT! When I finally realised this, I no longer got nervous shooting in tournaments. How well you play is totally up to your ability, not your opponents. Good Luck!

    Somewhere Inside Me Is A Pool Player Dying To Run Out!

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Professional Billiard Foods?

  • Title: Professional Billiard Foods?
  • Author: (Quantin H)
  • Published: 9/22/2007 4:21:21 PM