APA League - Maybe

So, I've met a number of new locals at a bar that I visited for the first time over the weekend.  The place is living APA commercial, and some of the people are as well, but they seem to be genuine. The few that I talked to are serious pool players, well, serious enough to hire an expensive coach once in a while and keep up with current events, like the DCC.  I have to say, I was very impressed with people I met.  I guess I had formed an opinion of all APA players from both the AZB forums and from what I'd heard from the MO8 players. *shrug*

Now, I have to decide if I want to a) play on barboxes. b) play 8-ball on barboxes. c) did I mention play on barboxes?  

The benefits to playing in the APA: 1) There are several weekly tournaments I can play in, if I'm an active APA member out of this bar. So, I'll be getting the competition I've been looking for. 2) I'll get more experience on the barbox, which will play nicely into my goal this year to play in the Midwest 9-Ball tournament; which is all barbox. It's highly unlikely I'll play in the March event, but perhaps the October event? 3) If I get on a team that is all as serious as I am, and we do well, there's a decent chance we'll at least get to Vegas for the APA Nationals.  As I understand it, several teams from this location are sent to Vegas, so it's not entirely unheard of, nor out of the question.  

The cons: 1) It's on barboxes. 2) While there is a 9-ball league as well, it's more likely I'll end up with an 8-ball team. 3) I've already said it was on barboxes, with the mudball.

The asides: I ran into another friend who said I should check out this other bar, they have an in-house nonrated league, and they play on 9-foots (though, the last time I was there (Dec) they looked more like 8 foots to me).  Another of the APA people suggested I might want to look into the Masters league to stay away from the 2's and 3's in the regular APA. Obviously, it's tougher competition as well.  If I'm remembering that correctly, they also play out of the same bar with the bigger tables.  I'll need to clarify all of this info though.

So, lots of new potentials coming my way.  Oh, and lastly, I found a BreakRak II Deluxe for a good price, thinking about picking that up so I can more easily work on my break.  

Also waiting to hear back from Mike Fieldhammer about possibly getting a new case.  I'm so f'n anxious to get my new cue I can taste it. The weather here has been terrible; which has pushed back the production process. So, initially it was looking like around the 3rd, but now, we're looking like between the 8th and 12th. Stupid humidity screwing up things. Go away rain, I want my cue!!

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Break Cue Broken

Well, there's something strange about January 13th... it apparently is the day I break the tip on my break cues.  It's happened 2 years in a row.  Seriously. To.The.Day. This happened at league:

So, now I have to figure out if I want to give this tip/shaft another try or maybe try the predator shaft...

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Treadway Cues - My First Custom!!

I'm just a mere 3 weeks away from receiving my first custom cue!!!  Local cuemakter, Josh Treadway and I have been talking back and forth about a custom for some time now.  A situation came up that allowed us to finally get the deal going.  Well, now it's neary complete and I seriously could not be more excited!  He's been sending me pics along the way of it's build and with each one I get more and more amped up!  The last one he sent had the rings and the joint in it.  Then three days later he calls and said "I hit some balls with your cue today. And I'm not gonna show you any more pics."  SUCH A TEASE!! I picked the wood, the veneers, the wrap, the joint, the shaft diameter, the weight, the buttcap - and even helped him figure out a way to do a new feature for his cues: screw-on extensions!!  I am SO stupid excited it's ridiculous.

Here's the last teaser he sent me:

 

Obviously, this is before any of the finish-work has begun.  But, I can't believe I'm this close to finally getting a real custom cue!!!

Make sure you all go check out Treadway Cues!! 

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Game is coming back

I'm noticing that my game is getting back to just about where it was back in May/June of last year.  I'm back to running out (at least in practice) at least once a night.  And when in a match, if the balls are open and I start anywhere after the 3, it's a good bet I'm gonna get out.  I'm starting to get a lot more confidence again.  For example, in the runout below, when I came up a little short on the 8, I knew I just had to make the ball, because I can make the 9 from pretty much anywhere. :)

Last night, I played 2 races with my practice partner, and I won both, 9-5 and 9-2.  I really need to work on my break though.  I'm getting a good spread usually, but I'm not making a ball and my cueball control is gone.  I've traded accuracy for power lately and I need to go back to a more controlled break. Watching any of the recent sets on video I can see that I'm htting much harder than I used to - averaging now around 22mph (prior average was around 19), but I'm loosing the cueball every time.

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