When the game is about to start and you feel out of sorts, is there any way to figure out why and how to get back on track?
It does not necessarily mean that your skill or condition is bad. Recognize that you are cueing in a different environment than usual.
In particular, table conditions have a big impact on your play. If you feel that you are not playing well, it does not mean that you are not playing well, it just means that you are not ready for the table conditions.
There are times when I feel like this in a match.
I’ve been practicing so much, why am I making such disappointing balls?
It makes me feel very sad.
What exactly is the situation?
I’m stunned when I can’t pocket the ball, but also when my positioning is a mess.
I think I’m cueing the ball the same way I always do, but my cue ball is running too fast, I’m flipping the ball the wrong way, or my next move is too tight.
At such times, I think, “Oh, I’m having a bad day. Oh, I’m having a bad day.
Today’s game is no good.
But it’s not!
It’s not your fault, it’s the table’s fault! It’s not your fault.
Well, I don’t mean to be mean when I say the table is bad, it’s just that the condition of the table is different from the one you usually play on.
At the beginning of the beginner and intermediate levels, you probably don’t care about the condition of the table.
In fact, you don’t even notice it.
You are not even aware that the table condition has a huge impact on your play.
At most, they think that the pockets on this table are smaller than on their home table.
It is important to be aware of table conditions.
Professionals go to check the table condition first when they play.
The way the ball rolls when banking, how it returns from the cushion, how the cue ball rolls after pocketing, banked shots, and so on.
Not only does it take time for even the pros to get used to it, but there are times when they can’t cope with the table until the very end of the game and end up losing.
This is why table conditions have such a big impact on play.
This is especially true for professionals and advanced players who are highly accurate in their play.
On the other hand, beginner and intermediate players may have a lower pocket rate or poor positioning than the table condition, so this is the essence of good or bad play, and the table condition is just a margin of error in comparison.
However, if you are an intermediate player or above with some shooting ability and good positioning, and you don’t realize the importance of table condition, you should be aware that table condition affects your play.
For example, if you have a bad shot or poor positioning in a match, don’t blame your technique, blame the table.
And once you do, calm yourself down.
It’s not your fault, it’s the table’s fault ^^
Then, observe the condition of the table carefully and adjust yourself to it.
In the first place, billiards is about adjusting yourself to the condition of the table.
The essence of billiards is to walk up to the table.
I’ve heard from professionals that if you don’t realize this, you don’t have any sense.
It should be possible for intermediate students and above.
This will improve your concentration and the quality of your play will continue to improve.