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Easy Misses

by Lou Figueroa


Lou Figueroa I think the answer is to try and look at these misses in a totally different light -- after all, they're whispering something to you. When you miss an easy one, don't get all pissy about the fact that you missed, instead: "listen" closely.

That "something" you might hear is the game telling you that don't know the shot as well as you thought you did, and/or, that you have a flaw in your mechanics that has just manifested itself. Unless it's just one of those days when I'm pounding everything into the rail (and I don't play 3C) I like to look at these misses as signposts the game has laid out for me as I putter along, trying to figure out my way to the top of the mountain. In other words, these misses are the game's way of quietly telling me what I need to work on so that eventually, I'll have the tools and skills to make it further up the peak.

When you blow a hanger, try and remember it. Not only the shot setup, but what position you were trying to play and whether you overcut or undercut the shot. It's also worth remembering where the cue ball ended up and whether or not "you got there." Afterwards, set the shot up and practice it. Usually, what I've found when I miss an easy one, is that the position play I was trying to achieve had something to do with the miss. Maybe I was unsure how the cue ball would react, or I was uncomfortable shooting the shot at that particular speed, or the cue ball may have been in a spot that required making a bridge that I don't use frequently. Or it could be something else. Over time I've corrected several fundamental flaws in my game, all because of: missing the easy ones.

I guess I like to consider the misses the game's way of helping me... you just have to quiet down long enough to hear the advice, instead of howling at the sky :-)

Lou Figueroa