Last Friday, I hit up what will be my nice and quiet pool hall for practice. What makes it so nice for practice? Check this out:
As you can see, it’s empty, quiet and has decent tables. As such, I worked on a few things, but mainly I really wanted to work on a few shots; I know them, but I wanted to make them nearly instinctual. I set up the cueball dead center table and placed an object ball 1 ball width off the rail at the 2nd diamond on the long rail. I shot it with no english [center-ball] until I made it 10 times in a row. Then I shot it until I made it 10 times in a row with high+inside, then 10 times with low-outside. Then I mirror-imaged the layout and did it all over again. I did the same exercise with 3 shots I miss more often than I ever should. It took about 3 hours with breaks for snacks and smokes etc. It felt really good to be practicing, for real, almost like in a hardcore “practice zone”.
I’m going back tonight, once I decide what I want to work on. I have the IPAT book, but I’m not sure if I want to work on 9-ball play, or just particular shot-making. I guess it will depend on how I feel later. However I feel, it’ll be good to get some more practice time.