I have written about pool and meditation before. In my meditation with Headspace today it was about the fact that there is actually no me, you, us, but simply “this” – this, the current situation. The concept is a bit too unusual and complex to be explained in more detail here, but one sentence inspired me to apply it to pool: No situation, no “this”, belongs to one person. Only through the totality of all participants, through the unity of everything does the situation arise:
A conversation without a partner is not a conversation.
Fishing without fish is not fishing.
A pool match without an opponent is not a match. (more…)
Very often people ask me: “Patrick, what’s the difference between a draw shot and a stop shot?” Fair question, since in both shots the cue ball is hit below center, and a lot of books and (self-acclaimed) experts have quite precise formulas to the sound of: For a stop shot you need to hit the cue ball one tip width below center, for a draw shot lower than that. This distinction causes quite some confusion in player’s minds, making some even think that the cue ball shows a totally different behaviour for stop and draw shots. This is nonsense, and in the following post I’ll explain why. (more…)
When you think about how to shoot pool, the stroke is of course one of the most important parts. After taking a longer break recently, I noticed a couple of details which are still essential for a proper technique. There are of course plenty of things to keep in mind (I wrote a book with 20 in it). But who remembers 20 things in daily life? In this blog post I only list three aspects which will help you maintain a better technique under pressure. (more…)
Mental strength is a mystic term. Like with “talent”, mental strength for many is a naturally given thing – you either have it or not. And if not, well, bad luck, you’ll just never going to win as often as a mentally strong opponent. However, I believe mental strength can be learned. (more…)
Very often I get asked how to aim correctly in pool. Especially in the US various pool aiming systems are discussed with a harshness which reminds me of fights between religious splinter groups. They’ve got the weirdest ideas how to aim properly. I think it’s a little bit simpler, and here’s how. (more…)