I regularly participate in a friday night 9 ball tournament. More often then not I can't make it soon enough to the poolhall to have some warmup strokes. I take my contactlenses in at work, run to my car and drive as fast as possible to make it to the ph in time. When I arrive I'm in no way prepared. I immediately assemble my cue (feels strange and uncomfortable), say hello to some friends and go to the table.
Here is my point:
I will win the lag and run out. Sometimes I run the second rack also, it depends on the time that I need to realize that I'm playing really good. After that I'm in serious trouble for 2 or three hours playing my sets even against weaker players. If I survive this timespan I can compete on a good level and possibly win the tournament. I don't know why it is like it is but it happenes to often and continuous to be without reasons.
Does this sound familar to some of you? If so, what are the reasons and how do you handle these situations?
I know from Raphael Martinez that he loves to play tournaments with scheduled matches because he plays his best pool when he is cold.
Help me out here.
Torsten ....likes the new board and hopes that all the lost posters return soon.