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Billiard Fundamentals and Natural Skill


Billiard Fundamentals and Natural Skill

So, I play oodles of golf, shooting in the low 80's (I KNOW IT'S A BILLIARD FORUM) now. Which is not bad for a 1 1/2 year player. When I started I was completely self taught, aside from watching it on TV. My brother had been playing before me and took some lessons. I had some of it "right" and some of it "wrong." Anyways he basically showed me some fundamental basics, and I tweaked it til it worked comfortably for me. Now it's on and only getting better as I follow more ideas and adjust them to my preference.

So is this the same with pool? My cousin is my "pool partner," if I'm playing he's playing. Now he just got back from Oregon where he was learning from his father who is an outstanding player and very strict in his ways and teachings. OK, so we played today and I handed him his ass in a rusty lunchbox.

Usually we are close to even or he wins. He was trying new things obviously and that effected him. But now he is out of it, just way off. His father told him to change his stance, his stroke, and follow through, and stay down on the table after the shot, his grip, basically his whole game. I myself have lectured him on these things. His weight is on his back foot, he comes up immediately after shooting (as do i occasionally) and other little perks. But he is a great player, winning most of his tournaments and matches, consistent, and confident. I understand many great players have coaches and routines.

I have my superiors on the league that give me advice, but if they tell me to slow it down or hit softer, I'll go up and hit it harder. I just think there is a natural feel or comfort zone every player finds within themselves and that should be the path that is followed. Frankly I get a little annoyed with advice in both golf and pool...I'll find it when I find it, my way, without over looking and disrespecting the set in stone fundamentals that must be maintained. Unfortunately my cousin is in belief he will not get better with his style and must get down to the basics of pool.

Finally I convinced him, just shoot the way you feel is right, and sure enough he started whooping my ass but kept a few of those tips from his dad going I noticed. So he did what I did with golf. Take their advice, embrace it, but make it your own or it will not work. Just as no golf swing is the same, no stroke is the same. To any of you who are still awake or made it this far...What do you think?

Take the lessons and work on it exclusively, drive yourself nuts trying to change your entire game to be like someone else's because it's "right?" Or play your own style even if it is "wrong?" I mean is there anything that says you have to play like this or like that otherwise you will be stuck at the same level for the rest of your life? What do you do? Anyone ever take lessons and what did it do for you? Sorry this all runs together so much but I'm just kinda going off. I'm in a sorta strange mid-life crisis with golf and pool I think. Thanks all.

Billiard Fundamentals and Natural Skill

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