Pattern Recognition

Pattern Recognition

Post by greg mille » Mon, 31 May 1999 04:00:00




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Quote:
>Really good players (notice I
>didn't say shooters?) play with a very high confidence, because
>they know the ball is going in when they release the cue. Being
>"in the zone" is the epitome of this confidence. It is awesome,
>and we should all strive for this condition. It will allude us
>most of the time, but my most joyful moments are memories of
>being "in the zone" and making shots with impunity, knowing they
>will fall and moving to the next one with perfect shape. When a
>good player is shooting this way, it is poetry in motion, almost
>like a ballet.
>Frank

I have only been zonal about three or four times, I think.  I suspect
it's because I don't play hard enough.
The zone was a trancelike state.  I thought of only what I had to do to
run out: clusters, angle, speed, and spin.  I say "thought" but it
wasn't really a conscious thing.  I just "knew" what to do and executed
flawlessly.  After a few racks a conscious thought entered my mind,
"Wow, it sure feels good being in the zone."  And with that, I was out
of the zone or should I say I woke up, and missed.  But there was
actually a physical high that lingered on, like my brain chemistry got
a jolt of some good stuff and I felt really really good.  Because of
this, I wonder if I really like pool or if I'm just chasing that "in
the zone" high.

Has anyone been consciously zonal or is it a trance thing?
Is it a concentration thing?
Can the pros get zonal at will?
Can you be zonal while sitting in the chair between innings?
Are there any shortcuts to zonality or is it all practice, practice,
practice?

Please post answers quickly especially to the last question.  I need a
fix.

Gregory

 
 
 

Pattern Recognition

Post by Bradica » Mon, 31 May 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
>I have only been zonal about three or four times, I think.  I suspect
>it's because I don't play hard enough.
>The zone was a trancelike state.  I thought of only what I had to do to
>run out: clusters, angle, speed, and spin.  I say "thought" but it
>wasn't really a conscious thing.  I just "knew" what to do and executed
>flawlessly.  After a few racks a conscious thought entered my mind,
>"Wow, it sure feels good being in the zone."  And with that, I was out
>of the zone or should I say I woke up, and missed.  But there was
>actually a physical high that lingered on, like my brain chemistry got
>a jolt of some good stuff and I felt really really good.  Because of
>this, I wonder if I really like pool or if I'm just chasing that "in
>the zone" high.

>Has anyone been consciously zonal or is it a trance thing?
>Is it a concentration thing?
>Can the pros get zonal at will?
>Can you be zonal while sitting in the chair between innings?
>Are there any shortcuts to zonality or is it all practice, practice,
>practice?

I have found that "being in the zone" or "in stroke", or what ever you want to
call it, is very much a learned response. I practice concentration just like I
practice bank or cut shots. Try it next time you go to practice, or play a
friend "just for fun." A good way to start is simply time your self. When you
play, say "Im going to shoot like I'm shooting in the finals of the US Open,
for an hour." Use all the  concentration and skill you can muster. Then, when
you can do that go to two hours and so on.
        Hope this helps
         Bradical