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Video Taping Practice Sessions

Video Taping Practice Sessions

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.

Comments Welcome!

Video Taping Practice Sessions

Replies & Comments

  1. Fenwicktedmauro on 1/18/2008 3:10:58 PM

    I believe it is good if you can watch yourself shooting pool. It certainly can't hurt anything. Maybe you could put your videos on you tube and others could check it out and give you pointers.

    You can watch a video of my 4 year old shooting his trick shot with the link below. He is 5 now.

    Do you currently play in any leagues or tournaments?

  2. FenwickFenwick on 1/18/2008 7:21:43 PM

    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.

  3. Fenwicktedmauro on 1/18/2008 9:21:29 PM

    I was 14 in 1980 but I know my history OK. The 80's and 90's were a little wild as well and I suffer from that short term memory phenomena a little myself.

  4. FenwickFenwick on 1/22/2008 7:03:12 PM

    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!

  5. Fenwicktedmauro on 1/22/2008 7:18:34 PM

    Sometimes a proud father and sometimes a frustrated dad. LOL

  6. Fenwickinsight07 on 2/13/2008 2:10:56 PM

    Taping yourself is a great way to gain insight into your game. I've practiced with (several) mirrors set up around me, but it's not the same as a video. I think I'll follow your lead, Fenwick.

    On an unrelated note, thanks to Fenwick for giving me the encouragement to join this forum.

  7. FenwickFenwick on 2/13/2008 8:54:04 PM

    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.

    I hope others find this useful.

    Your welcome insight07.

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Video Taping Practice Sessions

  • Title: Video Taping Practice Sessions
  • Author: (Ken Steinlee)
  • Published: 1/16/2008 2:22:29 PM