Monday night XY and I hit up the pool hall, this time with my old video camera in tow. We’ve been talking about videoing ourselves for a while to see what our strokes actually look like from a distance and whatnot. I set it up in a corner and just left it there. We played for about 2.5 hours with it running. Although neither of us really played well, it was still informative to go back and watch it.
Upon first viewing and after getting past the horror that is watching yourself, it became pretty informative. It turns out, that despite my sincerest efforts my elbow is not perpendicular to the cue, it’s about 5-10 degrees further away from my body then the butt-end of the cue is. Although my stroke is pretty dang straight, I do want to fix this. I wonder if this is the cause for those slight errors I continually make, when everything else looks and feels right.
I was nice to get a couple really nice shots on tape though. This one which I have never tried before. I didn’t feel confident going the other ways to get on the 9 and this idea just came to me when I was looking at it. I’m actually quite surprised I got it all the way around, but was very happy to watch my plan unfold. I’m not 100% on the exact positions shown here, but this is the general idea. My draw stroke is pretty strong and because the balls were so close I didn’t have to worry too much about deflections on the cue causing a problem.
For anyone that’s reading this – do you do this and what has been your experience with it? Find it helpful? Harmful? Embarrassing?