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The Mental Aspects of Billiards and Pool

Pool playing tips to help you master the mental aspects of pool and billiards.

The Mental Aspects of Billiards and Pool

Welcome to the pool playing tips page that outlines the nuances of the mental aspects of billiards and pool. Even the most higly skilled billiard players can have their game fall to pieces if their mental frame of mind is not solid. These articles should help you master the mental aspects of pool and billiards.

Thanks for visiting the pool playing tips page that outlines the nuances of the mental aspects of billiards and pool. If you can control the mental frame of mind when playing billiards, especially at a competitive level, you will likely be able to beat players who are technically more skilled that you are.

The Mental Aspects of Billiards and Pool

  • Title: The Mental Aspects of Billiards and Pool
  • Author: (Billiards Forum)
  • Published: 4/4/2008 1:18:00 AM

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  1. dustywondustywon from Houston, TX on 11/18/2009 2:34:22 AM

    The Concept of Touch - For those of you who have the satisfaction of knowing that you can go to your next shot just before your tip makes contact with the cue. For those of you who finally surrender logic to believe. You are among the select group of players that have spent enough time on the tables to have a "Motor Memory" and what I call "Flash Geometry", that are all a big part in understanding the concept of "Feel" or "Touch". But to completely understand the concept of "touch" there is another level that we sometimes can tap into. I write this for myself more than you to maybe get closer to understanding how to fall "In-the-Zone" on a more regular basis and even more, to understand why sometimes I can't seem to have that level of "Touch". Here are a few things that help me in keeping a more consistent "Touch" game. Posture The most important of all. Time has to be taken to set up a correct posture and frame to be able to deliver a flat consistent stroke. Spend the time to shift your behind as a "Rough Aim" to be square with the shot you are MAKING to minimize any "Touch" adjustments Confirm a flat cue stroke and consider what you need to do to the cue ball get to the next ball. All of the ability you possess will always be cheated by bad form. Good pool players with bad form can be great pool players within months of accepting basic skill habits. Allow the brain to work FIRST! - Take a second to look at your object ball and visualize the contact point. I'm not at all suggesting that you use this point as the focus of your concentration for your shot. Oddly enough, I'm suggesting just the opposite. Spending a moment to consider the contact angle of the object ball before shooting relieves the "Touch" player of having to make a logic decision at execution. For me, "Touch" is not ever a decision making process. All of the decisions have been made before execution. By allowing the brain to process the object ball and its relationship to the pocket before relinquishing the shot to "Touch" generally offers a much higher success ratio. Use the Force - There is no real thought process at the execution point to the "Touch" player. Giving in to any degree of alteration during the stroke is always deadly. Alteration requires thought. The touch player does not succeed well in turning the motor on and off. If you are choosing between logic and "Touch", GO WITH TOUCH! If you have no idea what you've just read, keep practicing. It'll hit you one day. If you have any input or comment to this posting, I'm not hard to find. Bring money

  2. Jay from Dallas, Tx on 8/2/2010 1:06:08 PM

    This is the best piece of advice I ever came across. This clearly confirms my confusion as choosing 'logic' over 'touch' many a time during execution. By the way I don't play snooker, billiards or pool. I was just searching the web for clearing my confusion during practice in making a shot in a game called "carrom". This game is played more in India and I am in USA where it is played not to that extent (uscarrom.org). Thanks again for confirm "TOUCH" concept I use often but confused about before reading this tip.

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