Saturday, July 25, 2009

Player of the Year 2009

More than half of 2009 is in the historybooks, so who is in the "lead" so far for the prestigous title "Player of the Year 2009"?

What major tournaments do you think InsidePool uses for their calculation and summary to decide who it will be?

My suggestions:

DCC 9-ball: Shane Van Boening, Van Corteza 2nd
Turning Stone Classic XII: Ralf Souquet, Hatch 2nd
World Pool Masters: Darren Appleton, van den Berg 2nd
Qatar 9-ball Open: Mika Immonen, Ko 2nd
Predator 10-ball: Dennis Orcullo, Souquet 2nd
Philippine 10-ball Open: Ricky Yang, De Luna 2nd
Pro 10-ball Expo: John Schmidt, Deuel 2nd
China 9-ball Open: Thorsten Hohmann, Feijen 2nd
World Games: Souquet vs Yang in the final playing right now
Million Dollar 9-ball:
US Open:
World 14-1 Championship:
World Ten Ball Championship:
All Japan Championship:
WPA-ranking: Darren Appleton is currently the #1, Souquet 2nd

Tournaments/rankings that I believe can add value if very close race between players:

Eurotour-ranking: Ralf Souquet current #1, Feijen 2nd
BCA-ranking: Johnny Archer #1, Immonen 2nd
DCC 10-ball Challenge: Lee Van Corteza, Souquet 2nd
US Bar Table Overall: Glen Atwell, Appleton 2nd
DCC Master of the table: Brumback, Hennessee 2nd
World Cup of Pool (teams):
European Championships 9-ball : Nick van den Berg, Ruslan 2nd
European Championships 14-1 : Dimitri Jungo, Feijen 2nd
European Championships 8-ball : Andreas Roschkowsky, Ekonomopoulos 2nd

So far I can't see anyone dominate the first half of 2009, but Souquet has some very good finishes in all tournaments, plus he is so far ranked #3rd on the BCA-ranking. Very small (tiny) favourite so far, imo.

Should there be other tournaments added to the list? Please come with your suggestions

Friday, July 24, 2009

Back posting again

I haven't been posting for a long while, but it has it's reason. I have been tired of pool, and it's summer, and I haven't been playing myself more than twice in the last 3 or 4 months. Both times were tournaments in Bergen.

The tournaments didn't end too well for me, but I had lots of fun and it was great to play pool again. But when I got home I just didn't have the desire and motivation to practice. I still haven't 100 % motivation, but I'll start practicing again very soon.

As of now, the World Games is being played in Taiwan, at www.wpapoolonline.com. My favourite, Line Kjorsvik, didn't make it, and lost 9-8 in the quarterfinal after being up 8-7. I was sweating the rack-by-rack update on the website, but luckily Ralf Souquet was able to provide me with live-reports through chat after each ball made during the last racks. That was fun, and I think he will be a good commentator when he is no longer able to compete at the highest level. (In like 30 years :D)

If any of you are interested in buying a great pooltable, I have one for sale. It's not the one in my private room, but it's a beautiful Brunswick Gold Crown IV, 2005-model, in black & chrome. 9ft, tight pockets.

Drop me a message if interested.

Here's a pic of what the table looks like, brand new.




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.

The best part of PAT is that the majority of drills in the books/videos are situations that you often will face in a match. Nothing pleases me more than be in such a situation knowing that I have practiced this and fires it in with confidence.

Check out my Billiard Store and buy the books/dvd's that suits your level!

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