Two Sessions are Better Than One

Two Sessions are Better Than One

Post by Patrick Johnso » Tue, 14 Mar 2000 04:00:00


I only have two or three days a week I can play, usually on the
weekends.  To maximize the hours, I've been playing for two or three
hours (actually focused practice), then taking a break for a few hours
and coming back to it later in the same day.

In addition to giving me more "quality" playing time (without losing
focus or getting sloppy), I've noticed another benefit to this.  I think
I actually accomplish more in the second session, after taking an
extended break and returning to the table, than I do in the first
session when I'm totally fresh.  I feel rested, but "tuned."  I'm
thinking that if I want to maximize my chances in a match, I should
practice for a couple of hours first and then lay off for a few hours
before playing.

Is this a commonly known phenomenon that I'm only now discovering?  Any
ideas why it should be so?  Would adding a third session be even
better?  It's been a real boon to my progress, which has accelerated
noticably since I started doing it a few weeks ago.

Pat Johnson
Chicago

 
 
 

Two Sessions are Better Than One

Post by lfiguero » Tue, 14 Mar 2000 04:00:00

I don't know why I'm doing this, since I know you'll just dismiss whatever I
say out of hand, but your newly found routine is something I've found useful
for some time now.  Often I'll practice for an hour or two, play a match, or
go sweat a match, then practice again for an hour before leaving the pool
hall.  I think what it is, IF you're paying attention during that first
practice session  --  specifically working on a particular stroke, shot,
position play, whatever  --  during the break or while you're playing a
match, your brain is subconsciously "crunching the numbers."  When I go back
for the second practice session, it seems like I can always go right to the
root of a problem and fine tune what I was working on before even further.
The second session is always shorter (about 45 minutes to an hour) because
it seems like I accomplish so much so quickly that further practice becomes
superfluous ("needless" for those from AR :-)  I've done third sessions
without noticeable benefit.  Certainly the key is to, at all times:
practice with a purpose, practice with complete bullet proof concentration.
(The moment your mind starts to wander just the least little bit is the time
to quit.  I'm usually good for an hour and a half; sometimes more, sometimes
less.), And, to always finish on a positive note, executing what you've been
working on perfectly.

Lou Figueroa


Quote:
> I only have two or three days a week I can play, usually on the
> weekends.  To maximize the hours, I've been playing for two or three
> hours (actually focused practice), then taking a break for a few hours
> and coming back to it later in the same day.

> In addition to giving me more "quality" playing time (without losing
> focus or getting sloppy), I've noticed another benefit to this.  I think
> I actually accomplish more in the second session, after taking an
> extended break and returning to the table, than I do in the first
> session when I'm totally fresh.  I feel rested, but "tuned."  I'm
> thinking that if I want to maximize my chances in a match, I should
> practice for a couple of hours first and then lay off for a few hours
> before playing.

> Is this a commonly known phenomenon that I'm only now discovering?  Any
> ideas why it should be so?  Would adding a third session be even
> better?  It's been a real boon to my progress, which has accelerated
> noticably since I started doing it a few weeks ago.

> Pat Johnson
> Chicago


 
 
 

Two Sessions are Better Than One

Post by Blackjac » Tue, 14 Mar 2000 04:00:00

It mainly depends if you are structuring your practice.  An initial
practice session can be used to loosen your nerves up as well as your
stroke.  I usually take about an hour shooting fif*** balls into each
pocket as many times as possible.  Short term goals can be achieved
during practice.  I try to concentrate on the basics of the game during
my first hour.  The game of pool relies on the basics much in the same
way a chain relies on its links.  Weaken one link and the chain becomes
useless.  An important factor to a good practice session is to ensure
that you take a break or two.  Visit the mens room, wash your hands,
splash water on your face.  The break can renew and enhnce your focus.
Many people use their break time to BS with others.  I don't believe in
wasting time during my practice.  I keep my practice sessions
business-like.  It may sound like its boring, but it keeps me focused
on the goals I am trying to achieve.

Blackjack

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Two Sessions are Better Than One

Post by Ron Shepa » Tue, 14 Mar 2000 04:00:00

There may be several things going on here.  One may involve mental focus and
fatigue.

Another component may be simply that you don't have to warm up so long in that
second session, so you can get down to business quicker.

On the other hand, you can lay off too long and get cold.  Mike Janis posted a
while back that in his DE tournaments, the loser-side player ends up winning
the majority of the tournaments, despite the fact that he must defeat the
winner-side player twice.  One possible reason for this might be that the
winner-side player must wait a couple of hours in between matches, while the
other player is warmed up, in stroke, and coming off a win.

$.02 -Ron Shepard  [I don't need a :-) here, do I, so would it be
"superfluous"?]

 
 
 

Two Sessions are Better Than One

Post by gideon_ » Tue, 14 Mar 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

>$.02 -Ron Shepard  [I don't need a :-) here, do I, so would it
>be "superfluous"?]

Naw, it wouldn't be superfluous, just regular, ordinary fluous.

Hope this Fred's,

Gideon

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Two Sessions are Better Than One

Post by Bvin » Wed, 15 Mar 2000 04:00:00

Blackjack wrote <snipped>

Quote:
> Visit the mens room, wash your hands,
>splash water on your face.

Ah......uh.....hmmmmm

Becky

 
 
 

Two Sessions are Better Than One

Post by Richard Kapel » Wed, 15 Mar 2000 04:00:00

Okay, so shout before you enter...
Quote:

>Blackjack wrote <snipped>
>> Visit the mens room, wash your hands,
>>splash water on your face.

>Ah......uh.....hmmmmm

>Becky