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Let's Talk About Balls Edition (3/6/12)
Here at PoolDawg we talk about ways to improve your game quite a bit. We talk about technology, low deflection shafts, magical chalk and of course our resident experts treat you with articles every week on how to get better at pool.
The one thing we don't talk too much about though that really deserves more attention? Balls. A good set of balls can absolutely make the difference between winning and losing, so we're going to shine a giant spotlight on balls this week. In addition to featuring some of the best balls on the planet, Samm will be talking all about making balls in her new article.
And for the record, there will be no double entendre ball jokes in this article. Especially when it comes to keeping your balls clean and presenting clean balls to your guests when they come over to play. That would just be unprofessional and completely juvenile. And with that disclaimer in place, let's get the pitchy goodness rolling!
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Action Swirl Marbled Ball Set
Samm Diep - It Takes Balls to Make Balls
In the beginning, as you’re developing your skills, the focus is solely on pocketing the balls. You’re unaware of any consequences. There were no concerns of getting snookered, choosing the wrong pattern, or losing the match or tournament. You were fearless. All you knew how to make balls and that’s exactly what you did.
In the next chapter of your development, you’re introduced to the faces of the cue ball. As you discover the possibilities, you find yourself winning more and more games. With this new confidence, you take the show on the road and decide to join a league. This new taste of competition can be sweet but the experience introduces a new fear of missing. Without knowing it, you’ve lost your innocence. The days of free-stroking carelessness are now behind you.
Once you’ve attached value to the shot, it immediately holds new meaning. That difficult cut shot in the corner that used to be so fun to shoot now means the difference between winning and losing. All of a sudden, a little anxiety creeps up on you. Without realizing it, your new fear of losing begins causing you to avoid competition altogether. “I can’t beat these guys,” you start thinking, “Jimmy has my number. I can’t beat him.” ...keep reading