> I like to practice on tight-pocketed tables, especially the 9 footers.
> I don't feel that it alternates either my stroke or my shot selection.
> Whether the pockets are sloppy or tight shouldn't come into
> consideration. To make any shot you have to focus, focus and focus.
Alan, I appreciate you opinion but cannot agree. The size of the
pockets and, indeed, the configuration of the pockets is
of significant consideration. Substantial variation in either
of these can alter the way a given shot must be played and
might make certain shots impossible or extremely low
> What I find difficult moving from the tight 9 footers I practice on to
> the 8 foot bar boxes that I play on in the BCA league is reduction in
> table area: 5000 square inches to 3872 square inches.
I know what you mean. It's like you can't do ANYTHING for all
the balls in the way. chuckle
> Even worst is
> going to Las Vegas and playing on the 7 footers with only 3528 square
They are impossible. I don't play on 'em any more.
> A good example is shooting in an approximately 30 degree cut into the
> corner pocket and coming around 2 rails for position. On the tight
> pockets of the 9 footer I have to focus on making the shot and not as
> much on the english that I apply to the cue ball. On the 8 footer I
> still focus as much on making the shot but I have to be more concerned
> about the path that the cue ball will take coming 2 rails.
> Pool is such a mental game that what this really boils down to is how
> you perceive your game. I think that playing on tight pocketed 9
> footers helps my game. So my perception is positive.
As you say.
> If you feel that
> playing on tight pocketed tables hurts your game then your perception
> is negative.
You mistate my position. I just don't think that playing on tables
with openings under the BCA minimums helps my game when
I play on a standard table. I used to think differently but I
think my change of opinion on this is to the positive, not to the
negative, i.e., I play better in a tournament when I've been
practicing on a table set up just like the tournament tables.
> Any negative thoughts in pool will have a bad effect on
> your game. Thanks - Alan
I think you may be on to something there, Alan.
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