> >#1 Practicing the drills found in the books/videos?
> >#2 Playing more games with other players?
I think this is very important.
> >#3 Shooting balls by yourself?
This helps me get my stroke back if my shot feels wrong, and it helps me
build muscle memories if I make a change to my technique. It's for
practicing the physical stuff, which IS important.
> >#4 Watching better players shoot?
I'm a big fan of this, and I think it helps, to a point. Once you have
the game pretty well nailed down, though, and you know what's possible
on a pool table, you need to work on execution and keep your head in it
so you can really see the potential moves three or four balls down the
line. Watching other players doesn't really help much for this once you
know what to do.
> >#5 Playing more on a large table, then returning to the bar table?
I hate doing this. It's two different games.
I was playing in a tournament on a seven-footer the other day, and I was
reminded of how different a game it is. On a bar box, you control the
table with draw and breakouts... the table is so cluttered that it's
very hard to carry around three rails to get to a shot. You have to use
power draw, english off rails, or carom draw on some shots to get good
position, but position doesn't even matter much because the pockets are
buckets and the table is so damn small.
I think you should pick one kind of table to be good on, and practice
that. My bar box game gets better with my big table game, but not
nearly as fast, and I'm ok with that.
> >#6 Changing sticks?
Not sure if this helps or hinders. I do like to know how much the
cueball will spin off a certain shot, and how much I can suck it back
with a given amount of draw. I guess once you hit a certain level, you
have to have the same stick every time because you'll be doing
complicated english that has to be just right. Just make sure that it
fits your game.
> >#7 Getting new glasses?
Don't wear em.
> >#8 Changing tips?
Tips are also very important. Make sure they fit your game.
> >#9 Getting more sleep the night before?
The best matches I ever shot were on the morning after being up until 5
in the morning on my birthday, drinking heavily, and that big trophy was
a nice added present.
Not sure what this means. :-)
> >#10 ?