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mantis
02-12-2008, 07:46 PM
I have been anticipating having a lesson with Scott Lee for some time now, and was just recently able to do it. I will start by repeating what many others have said. Scott is a good teacher with a lot of patience, and an obvious love for pool. He gives a well structured lesson with excellent visual aids that leaves the student with a well formed plan of attack to improve their game.

Scott began by having me shoot a number of shots at different speeds, all of which he video taped. He then sat down with me and reviewed my stroke on video. He showed me the necessary components of a good stroke from setup to finish with vast explanation, and showed me how my stroke related to those. He highlighted the strengths of my overall stroke, and suggested a few small adjustments that I believe will make me much more consistent at the table. As others who have taken lessons from Scott will tell you, his stroke instruction is by no means a cookie cutter process. He showed me the major points of the stroke, and as long as I got to those points, he did not try to necessarily change how I got there.

After the video review, we went over to the table where Scott showed me how to create a "template" for MY stroke that would allow me to repeat it over and over again without variation. He showed me what each variance from the template meant so I would immediately know if I had done something wrong, and what that was. I found this to be of particular value. I think it will allow for much more productive practice time, and on those days when my stroke just seems off, I will be able to tell after 1 or 2 strokes exactly what is off instead of guessing and being frustrated all night. It really made me feel like I would be able to produce a repeateable stroke again and again, hitting the ball exactly where I mean to once I have ingrained the stroke into my muscle memory.

During the review of my stroke, and the template, he also helped me with the rhythm of my stroke. He explained the importance of it and again highlighted the necessary cmoponents of it, but left me to choose what I was comfortable with.

Next, Scott showed me in great detail the much spoken of Mother Drills. It was easy to see how each drill was set up to address one aspect of the stroke, and how each built on the other to perfect one's stroke. I can now see why people say that these drills may not be of great value if you have not already discussed your stroke with one of the BCA instructors. Without knowing what each is meant to accomplish for YOUR stroke, you will not know waht you are focusing on and attempting to create.

One of the Mother Drills is meant to focus specifically on speed control, and I will believe will be of great value to me. Many days I make most makeable shots on the table, fut faulter in position due to incorrect speed control. This drill gives you a reference point for speed, then builds off of that. If practiced and done correctly, I believe it will allow you to create numerous different, but completely repeatable (as long as your stroke is repeatable) speeds of stroke. Once one has that, they would be able to shoot any shot on the table, learn where the ball went with that stroke, and repeat it again and again. For example, if I know that maximum draw with one speed draws the ball 3 feet, and another 4 feet, and so on, I will be able to then reproduce that every time I play. While it will take some practice to master the drill, once I have, my speed control should improve very well.

We also worked in some detail on personal eye patterns that will further improve the repeatability of the stroke. I can see where this will be a littl uncomfortable at first, but also where it will help improve my stroke.

Scott addressed many other things, but these were the highlights of the lesson. Please understand that I can only condense a few hours into words so well. Overall, I feel Scott is well worth his asking price and then some. I have taken a lesson one other time, and the value of the lesson was no where near that of this lesson. The other one was a lot cheaper, but I believe this one will further my game to a much greater degree than 10 lessons with the other gentleman would have. If you are serious about improving your game, I would highly recommend giving Scott a try.

CarolNYC
02-13-2008, 10:43 AM
Hi,
That was a nice tribute to Scott-good for you!


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It really made me feel like I would be able to produce a repeateable stroke again and again, hitting the ball exactly where I mean to once I have ingrained the stroke into my muscle memory.
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Building your consistency in playing /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

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I think it will allow for much more productive practice time <hr /></blockquote>

Quality practice is VERY important-lots of people think that "just hitting balls" is going to cut it-its not-you must practice the way would play,with just as much intensity,heart and killer instinct!

Thanks for sharing and hopefully you will post an update after your next tournament !
Good luck!
Carol

SKennedy
02-13-2008, 12:50 PM
You described very well the same lesson I had with Scott in December 07. I'm still working on the things he showed me..and guess I always will.

Scott Lee
02-13-2008, 03:07 PM
mantis...Thanks for the kind words! /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif I enjoyed working with you too! Now the hard work to ingrain the "process" is up to you! Good luck, and I look forward to watching your progress!

Scott Lee

KellyStick
02-14-2008, 12:22 PM
I got some time with Scott late last year as well. Unfortunatley just after he left I ended up with a horrific muscle spasm shoulder pain thing in my shoulder that made it excruciating to bridge for a stroke. I could do a lot of things but pool was not one of them. I am just now getting pretty much recovered and need to get back to it and the mother drills etc.

However I can point out the potential value of even just one small detail in my stroke that has solved a problem that I have had for years. First some history. I used to always think it was so cool when someone can back the ball up on a draw shot. Yeah it's cool but it's also pretty darned useful! Many years back I practiced this and could never do it. I tried and tried. Ocassionally I would get a little tiny draw. I could stop but not draw back. At one point I gave my stick to a stranger at the pool hall and asked him to draw the ball. He did it effortlessly (or so it seemed) so I knew it wasn't the stick.

Ok since then I have been able to do this however my draw has always been a bit erratic and I could never draw much at all if my shot was more than 3 or so feet away. At three feet I would get little more than a stop. People told me I need to have a flat stroke and you need to chalk for a good draw and that there are maybe some different ways to stroke through a ball that give you more action. But scott showed me my real problem on video. He also showed my why it was a problem and why I was inconsistent.

I am no super draw expert at this point but it was one thing I struggled with and I now feel I know how to improve. I had basically accepted that my draw was crap. I just need the time on the table to practice. For me this alone made it all worthwhile.

Now you could argue that we should probably find higher percentage shots than drawing balls from one end of the table to the next. That is probably true. The good part though is the problem with my draw was also going to be a problem with almost any kind of shot where I was going to want to add any kind of significant spin to the ball at all. Much less be consistent even on the shorter gentler draws. The solution also adds a level of precision to my stroke that I really never considered nor would have been capable of. Though I have had little time with them I think that this precision is going to be a bit necessary to execute at least one of the mother drills properly and be key to getting the position you want vs something potentially way off because of something subtle about precision.

Scott Lee
02-15-2008, 10:24 PM
Kelly...You da man...now get back to work on your Mother Drills! LOL /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif Hope to see you this weekend!

Scott