Well, trying to keep my head still seemed difficult tonight. I was ok to start with but as the evening went on I got more and more concerned with (a) the music being so loud, (b) the fight that nearly broke out on another table, and (c) the bar girl who kept walking past us all the time! By the end of the evening I didn’t really care too much about snooker… I just wanted to go home. Oh, and I had a stiff neck too. And I was tired. Want any more excuses?
Me 4-2 Laurence
49-34, 29-75, 3-82 (48), 52-27, 43-18, 81-15 (34)
Me 4-3 Laurence
55-65, 20-71, 53-3, 71-21 (38), 44-64, 59-53, 59-29 (30)
Me 0-3 Laurence
24-65 (31), 57-61, 40-45
Time Taken: 4.5 hrs
Average Frame Time: 17 mins
Overall Frame Score: Me 8-8 Laurence
Jimbo breaks: 34, 38, 30, (4 x 20+ breaks)
Laurence breaks: 48, 31, (6 x 20+ breaks)
Jimbo’s rating for Jimbo’s performance: 3/10
Jimbo’s rating for Laurence’s performance: 4/10
Laurence didn’t play too great tonight either, and I honestly think we can put it down to the loud music and general atmosphere in the club. I mean, do pros have to deal with this level of distraction? It makes me wonder how well we’d play under ideal conditions. Larry suggested we try ear-plugs next time… haha I guess we’ll be telling each other’s scores in sign-language.
On a plus note, I think I hit upon something good during the session, which, if I’d have been more motivated, I believe would have got me playing a lot better… Instead of talking to myself on every shot like I sometimes do (“keep your head still, look at the object ball, slowly back…” etc.) I just looked at the balls in front of me and visualised how I’d play the shot, but I’d really try to *feel* what it would be like to actually play the shot perfectly. I’d really try to feel the sensations happening in my hands/arms etc, then I’d get down on the shot with a much better feel for it… almost as if I’d only just done it. I think this sort of “feel-visualisation” could really help as it de-clutters the mind and lets you get much more of a natural feel for a shot. I figure it also helps since you give your mind a much clearer image of what you want to achieve. A picture is worth a thousand words, they say, and in this instance I can see where they’re coming from.