So, last night XY and I went back to the pool hall. It was the first time I’ve played since Monday. Okay, 3.5 whole days, but still…. it felt like a long time. We did some warmup racks and then she wanted to do some drills, so… we did. Nothing too serious, mostly rail drills and draw/stroke drills. It was nice playing again – and surprisingly, I played pretty well.
Today’s adventure was nice as well. My usual hall, C&C, was dead empty, so I went to the double-shim’d table (tight pockets) and shot some position drills for a while. A little while later this other regular, Todd, came in and we played a few racks. He’s a very good player and regularly beats Morris so I was curious to see how this would turn out. We didn’t have a lot of time to play and he was experimenting with some different stroke techniques, so we ended up with a 3-3 score before I had to go. It should’ve been 5-1 or 4-2 though – as he jawed the 9 once and then the 8 another rack.
Afterwards, we talked about strokes and whatnot – he gets awesome CB action, i mean, awesome – but his stroke is non-existent. He stabs the ball; which just befuddles me how he’s able to get such good action. However, he definitely inflated my brain a bit with comments about my stroke and mentioning watching me play from time to time. I missed easy balls, but I think it was because I was overconfident on them. In general, I’m feeling pretty confident about a lot more shots than I used to – but there are still some that I need to make sure to check more than once. I really believe that in not too long a time, I will be able to run some racks, provided the break is decent. As it is now, I can’t seem to run more than 6 consistently – each one gets just a tiny bit more out of line and by the 7th ball, I’ve completely gotten out of line and either hit it way too hard or way too soft – if I make it at all, the 8th ball is near impossible.
I hope to get some quality pool time over the thanksgiving break, but we’ll see how that goes. I’m also an avid gamer and will be picking up Assassin’s Creed 2 on the way home today (I preordered it) and I expect that is going to occupy some hours. heh.