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I would never have thought this day would come. But it is here and it's scary. All those things that came with climbing the ladder of pool hierchy is slowly becoming meaingless. The love, the respect, the fear. This is the only game I know where, once you have reached a certain level of excellence, you can be a janitor or kennel attendant and as soon as 5:00 hits and you enter the pool hall you are elevated to the stature of a god. You always have a free drink and everyone knows your name.
Well I wasn't perfect but I surely achieved a desirable level of perfection. Then the injury got me. It got me in the height of my money making escapades. I was forced to take a break for about 3 months and now that I'm back, I could give two shits about the game. I mean my stroke is terrible, I know what it takes to get it back and I have my own table but I just can't seem to do what it takes to get it back, practice. I used to practice 3 hours a day. Now I can't a solid hour out of myself. I tried to get interested by taking all the money out of my pool account and laying it out in front of me. I could give to sh*#ts. I'll tell ya. My pool fund is something I do not touch unless I am ready to go gamble. I feel like taking that free money and splurging on myself with non pool related items. What a wretch I have become. I get calls left and right telling me about action, inviting me to action, challenging me to action. And I could give to Sh*#ts. Someone who knows what I'm feeling tell me something, more importantly, is there a cure. Don't tell me a break, I already had one.
I guess you don't want to hear what I have to say then.
Kato~~~~is going through not caring and not feeling bad about it
Pool is no different than any other sport. I had the same problem with golf, single digit handicap, injury stopping play for a few months, and no desire.
I signed up for a tournament 60 days out, practiced by myself and focused on the game. Wanted to prove to myself that i still had it. kept a log of practice times, had an agenda for each practice (ie. 8 foot puts), didn't practice if i wasn't interested. This is a problem if all it takes is walking downstairs, easier if you have to plan a time, and go to a course to play.
I saw a change in attitude after thirty days and played to my handicap at the tournament. Golf and pool are a lot alike, stroke, "english", getting a ball in a hole.
i recently introduced my son to the game of pool, and for a 14 year old plays very well. That got me back into it, and I am playing my best now.
05-28-2002, 11:11 AM
What are you going to do with all that spare time now?
I also begin to feel unmotivated after a layoff. It's been said that for every day you miss practicing/playing your touch and feel regress two days. I don't want to miss a day when I'm "in-stroke" and playing often. When I haven't been playing much and find myself "way off" my game; I figure the pool world can live w/out me for a few more days.
05-28-2002, 12:30 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote: recententhusiast:</font><hr> i recently introduced my son to the game of pool, and for a 14 year old plays very well. That got me back into it, and I am playing my best now. <hr></blockquote>
Teaching someone else to play is another way to help you help yourself, you just have to avoid the "do as I say, and not as I do" syndrome, sometimes. . . .
05-28-2002, 01:17 PM
Quickly! Before you blow your pool "fund" on something ridiculous, mail it all to me. I will guard it until you get out of your funk.
Ken (cares THREE $hits about his cash!)
It should only take a few hours of good concentrated practicing to get your stroke perfect again ...
And when the stroke is good, pool is fun :-)
I absolutely hate pool without a good stroke.
For me pool is about control, not the stupid stroke, and control doesnt mather a lot if the stroke inst working.
05-28-2002, 06:57 PM
Spend your money before you change your mind. Get it over with. You need to find another game to satisfy your urges.. maybe golf or poker..
05-29-2002, 01:07 AM
I've quit the game 6 times in my life. Some due to work and military and some due to other things like women. I can't tell you what motivated me the last 5 times and can't remember the reasons to be honest.
I can tell you the last though. I walked into the ph for the first time after quiting for 6 yrs working in the casino. I broke out the cue and had a pretty good rep as a player. I was just going to see for fun only what if anything made me play the game and if I was going to sell the cue or start playing.
As I was knocking them around this punk asked me if I'd like to play some $5. a game 8ball on the 9ft. I was reluctant because I hadn't played in so long but $5. how can anyone get hurt. I knew the punk and he's rude and big, like I care.
He beat me 20 games straight. This jerk I could give the 7ball anytime 6 yrs ago and he would refuse anything but the dead nutz in his favor. Now he's telling me in front of everyone I suck and he could give me the 7.
I was never so embarressed in my life. I wanted to knock his head off and not to mention I was trying my best to beat him. He was talking all kinds of trash about my game and how I shouldn't have a cue like I do if I can't use it. Telling me how I was a player and now I'm nothing. There was smoke coming out of my ears. I threw the hundred on the table and told him to buy himself some class.
That was the day I scheduled 5 hrs per day for pool. I was determined to look this kid up and destroy him. Well, I shot for a yr partime and shot on 4-6 hrs sleep between work and there. I shot 1 yr straight and regained some of the stuff I had back. Then, slacked off 2 days a week for the next 2 yrs.
I ran into the punk sometime after getting back some things and it was a tourney. I had shot some of the big guns hard and clearing a path to the finals. The idiot watched me and later I asked him to play some of anything he wanted. He declined to play. I was dead set on beating him and he ducked me. I still remember the thing that ticked me off and haven't quit since.
Now unemployed and working hard to get everything and then some ahead and my eyes are screwed. Set the appointment for the laser measurements and what next. Don't quite know what's in store for me but age is creaping up too. The bright side is Mr.Mosconi. Age has nothing to do with pool.
Don't know if this helps, but it's all true. Atleast, you came to the right place. The people on this board can get you atleast, thinking about pool.
05-29-2002, 08:08 AM
I don't know about the originator of this thread but you've got me motivated. Where is that punk?!?
05-29-2002, 08:54 AM
It's funny, he's bar'd from most of the local ph's for stiffing players and causing trouble with his smart comments. I can't wait for the day to set him up. I normally wouldn't do such a thing but it's what the Dr. called for. Which gives me an idea.....
05-29-2002, 11:13 AM
Let me know, I want a piece of the action!!!
05-29-2002, 11:40 AM
Spend the money. Fly to Vegas and put it all on black. When it's gone, and you start to miss it, you'll discover if you're ever gonna get the fire back. If near perfection in pool isn't motivation enough and empty pockets don't do it either----take up golf.
Brian in VA
05-29-2002, 01:40 PM
Take up golf? Jeez, hasn't he suffered enough?
05-29-2002, 06:13 PM
Old buddy, LOL, for your own mental health don't take up golf. It is outdoor pool and it will mess with your mind. LOL /ccboard/images/icons/smile.gif
05-29-2002, 06:42 PM
Couldn't you see me playing golf? I shoot pool by memory now, I'd just be beaning everyone there. LOL
Outdoor pool? HAHAHA,
C.C.~~I'd be yelling FOUR all day.LOL Now that I think about it? Pool should have caddies, they can see what's going on and let us know..
Unmotivated here, first of all I'd like to say, I'm feelin right at home right about now. I can't say I'm ready to pick up the Viking but she's looking a little sexier, even gives me the impression she wants some attention. Ever since I started to read and finally write this post, I don't hear my lady say "pool talk again."
05-29-2002, 06:58 PM
Now that I've met you and can "read" your demeanor, I'm LMAO!!
Barbara~~~would like to sic CC on the WPBA...
05-29-2002, 07:00 PM
All I need is a car, a full tank of gas, a pack of smokes and my cue and I'm set for life. The wife and kid needs more. Although, I'm not working and just came back from Vegas. I could use a couple bucks bud. LOL
I know you don't know me very well and we've never met. I don't dump for nothing. I play with all I have. Any fouls I make. No matter how much I despise them, I'll tell them. It sucks to be me sometimes but I like everyone love this game. Winning means nothing unless it's fair.
There's always more than one way to skin a rat.LOL
By the way, I saw your pictures at Tom's site and you both look like a very happy couple. Also Whitewolf, I may need a room for a few days. Can ya swing it? LOL
C.C.~~ yanking on his tale....lol
05-29-2002, 07:48 PM
You would probably have a nice pasture pool masse both right and left. LOL. The tables really roll off though and you could be sure I wouldn't get in front of you when you had a weapon in your hands. Hehehehe!!!!!!!! /ccboard/images/icons/smile.gif
05-30-2002, 12:37 AM
You make me red faced. LOL
05-30-2002, 12:54 AM
No Sweating me Cheese,
The last time I went to the driving range to watch my buddy hit a bucket of balls. He says, hit a few balls. Like an idiot I tried it out. I almost broke my wrist. I swung and tried to clobber the ball and hit the ground. He was on the ground laughing his butt off and I was looking for ice. I turned to him and said, wow this game is brutal...
That of happened yrs ago before I knew what stroke really was.
05-30-2002, 09:30 AM
I'm allergic too. Thanks for the gracious offer but I too was only kidding. Vegas was the thing that was the drive in my wife to get back into it. I'm thinking Carol about right now. Carol can move mountains and weighs about 98lbs. LOL Talk about motivation, she's the best.
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