Tuesday, March 17, 2009

I almost won against "Souquet"

Played the 10-ball Ghost today, or "Ralf Souquet" as I have named the Ghost, since neither of them ever miss. It was the first time I played for about a week, and I jumped right at it playing a race to 7 with no warm-ups.

In the first rack I was left with this position and thought for a while how to break up the 3-ball cluster. In the end I decided to play position for cueball B and go for the blue line, and it worked out perfect.



Ran that rack and the next, to take the lead 2-0. In the third rack I had two clusters on the table, and a 1 - 10 combination that was not easy, bot not too difficult either. Because of the clusters I decided to try the combination instead of the run-out. Missed it by a hair, and "Ralf" ran out. 2-1.

Ralf kept the table to get up to 5-2, before I managed to turn it around again and tie the score at 5-5. Then I once again were faced with a situation with clusters and a combination, and again I failed the combination by the smallest possible margin. Lost 7-5.

I felt I played ok. Not great, but not bad considering I still have pains, and I haven't played much the last 1,5 months.

Because I still have pains I didn't play any more today, but will give it another try tomorrow again.
Have to put in more time on the table the next weeks, preparing for the upcoming tournaments. Hopefully I will not get worse in my arms then I already am, and that I will be able to put in atleast 2 hours in average a day the coming weeks.

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How I practice

Most of the time I practice by playing the Ghost in 9-ball or 10-ball. Sometimes I line up difficult shots or safeties that I have been struggling with, and the rest of the time I am normally using on the system called PAT.

I am using PAT (Playing Ability Test) to test my skills and to see progress, and it is really working great for me.

I have bought the books and DVD's on Amazon, and I recommend it to all players who wants to raise their game to another level.

PAT consists of 4 different levels, from amateurs to professionals. As a side-note, top-players such as Jasmin Ouschan and Thorsten Hohmann uses PAT on a regular basis.

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