I'm in a slump. Not the first time. I don't want to practice bad shots or bad form. So I will revert to my old training tool a video camera if or when I get permission from the owner of the Hall I play at / in. I thought I would tape from the rear, front, both sides and a overhead view.
I plan on being as non intrusive as I can. No lighting, (it's a 1 lux camera ) and 1/1,000 shutter speed and no power cords avoiding trip hazards and no other patrons filmed. I'll give you my thoughts then I'm open to any positive or constructive criticism. I coming off a long layoff when I was shooting daily. When I was a Bowler and a Table Tennis player, not ping pong, I found it to be a powerful tool.
I see Golfers taping themselves all the time. I'm at this time caught between forms. 1 is a modified version of a Snooker player stance and the 2nd is a full Billiard player stance. The other problem pointed out by a close friend is lining up for a shot and unknowingly moving off line just before going down to execute the shot. He has a keen eye and a helpful competitive player. So would you try this or recommend this to improve your game? This is not a substitute for getting or taking lesions but preparing for them.
Do you currently play in any leagues or tournaments?
No not yet. I just got back into the game this past October, I started from square 1 but will commit to Leagues and Tournaments this summer and next fall. Again I'm in a Slump. I just do not want to practice bad habits! I can't see myself while practicing and even if I could I would not remember what I did right or wrong when I got home. Short term memory loss due to the 60's and 70's if you where there.
Long story made short; it took until today to tape a good practice session; 2 1/2 hours, with the correct camera position and shutter speed. I saw one major flaw while viewing the tape. I poke on hard follow and hard draw. In fact almost every miss was due to poking or jabbing. When my stroke ended with a nice follow threw I felt the shot was a success. Doesn't mean every ball went in. That one adjustment alone may add 5 balls to my runs shooting straight pool and improve my break shots during the game. It may also help with getting better position? Does it mean don't get help from a coach, no! I now have at least one thing to work on to help improve my game this week. Feedback welcome! tedmauro, I did watch you sons trick shot shooting. You must be proud!
More of what I learned from viewing myself.
1. My bridge was too long to be steady or accurate.
2. I'm not as low as I thought.
3. My stroke and bridge combined with a pause on my back stroke is in poor form.
4. My grip was too tight.
5. Seeing is believing.
6. I will offer to tape a friend soon.
7. I will tape myself again.
8. My game improved because of viewing the tape.
9. You need to view the tape over and over to find all of you mistakes.
10. I need to practice good form.