View Full Version : Any last minute helpful hints?

09-06-2003, 01:23 PM
We've got a tourney here this weekend that I have decided to play in. We've got some heavy hitters in the women's field and might need a little pep talk to calm my nerves. This is a race to 4, 8 ball, winner breaks, double elimination tourney.

The men's side started yesterday, race to 9, 9 ball, and chris is doing great! He's won his first two matches, but enough about him, LOL.



09-06-2003, 01:40 PM
keep your head down, stroke smoothly and follow thru on every shot. Oh, have a beer and have fun.
My best to you and your family.

09-06-2003, 01:40 PM
Between now and then, don't even think about it. Show up, put your cue together, put all the junk you bring with you somewhere and play. Dwelling on it will only elevate your anxiety, it doesn't help.

Voodoo Daddy
09-06-2003, 01:45 PM
Ok Heide...here it is. Play the table...the human that shares the table with you has no bearing on what you do when its your turn to shoot. Shoot every ball like your life depends on it and NEVER...NEVER let up. While in the "electric chair" {thats what they should really call it}...watch your opponents eyes for flaw's, for what disturbs them and make sure they know your staring at them...just trust VOODOO and good luck!!!

09-06-2003, 02:33 PM
Yeah, what Voodoo said.

And when your mind gets fatigued and needs to take a break, don't fight it. When you stop seeing the patterns, play safe and just focus on the table until your brain comes back from the "break". Everyone needs to take a break from concentration at one time or another, you can't fight it.

Just watch the table, not the opponent. But always look for the weaknesses in your opponent.

Barbara ~~~kick butt, Girl!!!

09-06-2003, 03:19 PM
Heide, Go over to AZ - Fast posted a pretty good guuide to winning 8-ball. Jake

09-06-2003, 04:07 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote jjinfla:</font><hr> Heide, Go over to AZ - Fast posted a pretty good guuide to winning 8-ball. Jake <hr /></blockquote>

It was a good article. I have not been in a big tournament, but the day of the match I try to get relaxed and listen to soothing music. Then i say good things to myself about my game. At least that seems to produce a good frame of mind for me.

Dont know about everything else but what vd said sounds right. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Good luck. I bet you will do great.


09-06-2003, 07:07 PM
how is the tourney going? who are the heavy hitters in the womens tourney? How about the top picks in the calcuttas. jenni and I wanted to go but it was home show weekend same as last year. good luck to both of you

mike athens

09-06-2003, 10:24 PM
This is what I do before a big tournament: I promise myself that if I miss, I will punch myself in the face as hard as I can. That makes me scared of myself rather than my opponent. Now, to stop being scared of myself, I call myself a big sissy that wouldn't harm a fly. Usually I end up punching myself to prove that I mean business, but my swollen eye prevents me from playing well.

^^Just joking /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

09-06-2003, 11:14 PM
Heide, before a tournament, I'm usually careful about what I eat. I like to eat something light, like a chef salad or something. I sometimes get a nervous stomach during a tournament, and don't want anything heavy before a match. VooDoo said it right: "Play the table, not the opponent." I'd take it a step further and say to play one shot at a time, like it's the most important shot of the match. Don't think about the score or anything else. If you do your best on each shot, the results will take care of themselves. If it's a big tournament, and there are long periods between matches, I find that it helps me to relax, if I get away from the poolhall between matches. I will go somewhere and get a BLT or salad, if I'm hungry, or walk through a shopping mall, or maybe sit in my truck with the seat laid back and listen to the radio. Good luck and let us know how you do. Jim /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

Jimmy B
09-07-2003, 12:16 AM
Try not to miss and if you think you might play a safety.


09-07-2003, 02:12 PM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote mike_in_iowa:</font><hr> how is the tourney going? who are the heavy hitters in the womens tourney? How about the top picks in the calcuttas. jenni and I wanted to go but it was home show weekend same as last year. good luck to both of you

mike athens <hr /></blockquote>Dave Matlock, Jesse Bowman, and Jon Kuchero got the top bids in the calcutta. Jesse knocked Jon to the loser bracket, but they're both still in.

Pam Bell and Tina Larson are probably the toughest women's competitors there this weekend. Barb Hamilton hasn't shot for a while, got knocked out early on. A couple of others, who I don't know their names, hit 'em pretty good as well. There turned out 27 women and 64 men.

I won my first match and lost my 2nd to Pam. Then won the next 4 matches. My final match, I made some good shots and got great position, but missed the key shots. She got me 4-2. I managed 5/6th. This tourney was a first for me in a lot of ways. I ran my first rack of 8 ball ever, placed in the money, and actually shot quite well. I have nothing to gripe about. Had all the Quad City women on my side, LOL.

Wish you could have made it out here. It was a nice tourney. They were hoping for 256 men, but didn't get anywhere near it.

Heide ~ pumped and ready for VA

09-07-2003, 02:34 PM
Way to go, Heide! Heck of a performance--I'm impressed (but I'm NOT surprised). Glad you got to play against Pam Bell, too--good experience to face a really tough opponent in formal competition.


09-07-2003, 03:07 PM
Good result Heide, heck i don't think you needed are tips on tournament preparation. But we may need yours.

Kent Mc.

09-07-2003, 03:21 PM
Good for you Heide!!! 5/6th is very respectable in that size field!!


Barbara~~~remembers her first high finishing place /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

Ralph S.
09-07-2003, 05:38 PM
Helluva job kiddo. How about my buddy C.C.? /ccboard/images/graemlins/wink.gif

09-07-2003, 06:11 PM
WOW! Great job K! I'm sure your two guys were real proud of you. That is a wonderful result for one's first tournament. All those drills and practice really payed off. Heck in my first tournament I was knocked out from the get go but was proud that I had the nerve to play the matches that I did play...I flopped out but did not back out /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif
I hope that the tournament was not too draining on CC.
BTW, I've had to postpone my trip to October so am planning to be in the QC area on the weekend of the 27th of September. I hope to run in to you at Leisure Time on the 27th and play in that tournament. Maybe CC will be able to bring "it" that weekend for me to drool over /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif I'll probably come in on Friday night and stay thru Monday morning. I'll let you know the particulars as we get closer to th end of the month.
Hi to CC and Christ!

09-07-2003, 07:22 PM
great tourney, good for you. You guys need to come to osceola for the casino tourey in October. should be alot of fun and some of the same players

09-07-2003, 08:50 PM
I'm thrilled that you'll be able to come that weekend. We should have a blast!!!

Looking forward to it.

Heide ~ C.C. doesn't leave home without "it"

09-07-2003, 08:53 PM
Unfortunately, C.C. didn't fair so well. He played very well, but drew a fella that got all the rolls and luck he could ever ask for. Every shot that he missed, hooked Chris. Then Chris when hill-hill with Ronnie Martin. That one could have gone either way, unfortunately for us, it didn't go ours.

He ran out of breath a couple of times and got dizzy as well, but considering the circumstances, he shot well. I'm sure he'll explain all the details much better.


09-07-2003, 09:09 PM
Hi Heide,

Glad to hear you played so well, you should be proud. Running that rack of 8 ball puts a feather in your hat! What nothing to gripe about?? Oh it'll be quiet in the Quad Cities tonight. LOL /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif What's the calcutta go for in that tourney, say Matlock?


09-07-2003, 09:30 PM
It sounds like you had a good outing! I'm glad for you. I hope CC isn't disappointed in his performance. It sounds like a good return after his setback. It will take a while to recover. I haven't yet returned to my old performance since my sickness. I lost a lot of table time, and still don't play as much as I used to. I've regained a lot, but don't suspect that I'll ever fully return to my previous level until I am able to play as much as I used to. I'm hoping that the doctor will grant permission for me to do some part-time work. Then I'll be able to spend more time at the poolhall. /ccboard/images/graemlins/grin.gif

09-08-2003, 05:43 AM
Matlock pulled in $300, but got knocked out early on. I think Jesse Bowman was the next highest around $280. A few friends of ours came out $9 short on each player they bought, LOL. Lee Heuwagon took 1st and Jesse took 2nd. Don't know yet about the women, didn't stick around to find out.



Voodoo Daddy
09-08-2003, 07:26 AM
<blockquote><font class="small">Quote Karatemom:</font><hr> He ran out of breath a couple of times and got dizzy as well, but considering the circumstances, he shot well. I'm sure he'll explain all the details much better. Heide <hr /></blockquote>

So he is about 85%? The man has been dizzy since '75, so that dont count!! The breathing part...well he needs to work on that. Heide, tell him I said to walk for 20 minutes a day until the open. I know there is a bunch of corn fields right out the front door, just trapes through one of them!!