No matter how experienced you are at playing pool, it is inevitable that at some point you will find yourself in a slump. Mental accuracy is essential when playing this game, and by preparing for the mishaps you can pick yourself up and continue your winning streak.
Write things down. When you go through a rough patch, write it down in a journal. By referring to this information in each match you can focus on the areas you are going wrong and make the needed improvements.
Get constructive criticism. If you know an advanced pool player, ask them to accompany you when you practice. This will boost your confidence and the constructive criticism will help you to change techniques that are not currently working.
Don’t put pressure on yourself. It can be difficult to brush away the pressure when everyone is watching you take a shot, but if you (try to) believe in yourself and take things at your own pace, you will become a better player.
Think positively. Negative thoughts will only affect the way you play, especially because it is such a mental game; so clear your mind, stop thinking about your bad rolls, and instead center your attention on what you’re doing right.
Use mental exercise. Motivate yourself by remembering your goals and repeat them to yourself before every shot. This will give you that extra push to ensure you get back on track.
Get enough sleep. Tiredness or a lack of interest may force you into a slump, so get enough sleep and liven up your practice sessions to ensure the enthusiasm is still there for each game.
Introduce new practice techniques. Some techniques can become too repetitive, and when bored you will not perform as well. By constantly looking for ways to improve during practice sessions, you will slump no more.
About the Author
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November 23, 2012 Friday at 5:28 am