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Everyone's A Little Bit Irish (2/28/12)
Top 'o the Morning PoolDawgians!
This week, it's all about St. Patricks Day. I know we're still technically in February, but I want to give everyone plenty of time to get their Irish cue orders in. So, we're featuring my favorite shamrock themed cues this week (sadly, no McOutlaw this year, as they went with the rose instead for 2012). If you don't like the ones I picked out, fear not as we have over 40 cues that have shamrocks on them (when you include the McDermotts, all of which have shamrocks in the logo, which is sorta cheating, but, well, you know).
As for this week's dose of learning 'n stuff, Jennifer Barretta will be waxing poetic on the topic of luck, slop and all the things that drive us nuts when we lose. And away we go!
Impacts IMP20 Pool Cue
McDermott G603 Pool Cue
Athena ATH08 Pool Cue
McDermott G303 Pool Cue
Jennifer Barretta - Luck 'o the Irish
Whatever your favorite billiards game is there is one thing that they all have in common...luck. The most even tempered people can lose it when their opponent gets a seemingly endless array of accidental safeties, balls going in the wrong pockets and lucky nudges that magically open the rack up into a dead runout.
Dealing with the rolls is one of the hardest parts of playing pool, and while 'call everything' ten ball is slowly taking over at the professional level, most local leagues are still playing 'call nothing' 9 ball. After years of painful matches in which my opponents have been rewarded for their mistakes, I have devised many strategies to deal with the rolls and curb the urge to pour sugar in my opponents' gas tank after a loss.
Most of the strategies involve lying to yourself and require a tremendous amount of discipline, but if you can employ them in your game the rolls will have a minimal effect on your mental state, and will allow you to get the most out of your physical game, even when the world seems to be falling apart around you. In pool we call it 'fading the rolls'...keep reading