Pool: It's Mental, It's Physical, It's Mystical

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FriesenPress, 2011 - Pool (Game) - 283 pages
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Once a player masters the basics of pool, mental aspects become paramount. Even expert players are plagued by the game's mental demands. I look at the game from the point of view of the player striving to improve his/her game faced with the importance of the mental aspects of playing before spectators, competitive and performance stress, as well as strange and mystical occurrences within the confines of the green abyss of a pool table. I explore and interpret ways these mental and metaphysical aspects of the game operate in all players.
 

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Contents

Its Mental 01 Introduction
1
Its Mental
5
The Cognitive Advantage
9
Selfconfidence
17
That Pesky Easy Shot
23
On RedAlert
31
Fear and Trembling
41
Zen and theArt of Pool
45
OpticalIllusionsand Strange Occurrences
113
The Handshake
119
Part IVThe Game
123
Its Physical
125
Life Without Pool or I and My Sciatica
129
Practice Practice Practice
133
Willie Mosconionthe Mental Game
137
TheImportanceofBeing
143

In Thick of Competition
49
Selftalk
51
RelaxRelax
57
The Tarantella
67
This or That
71
Imaging
75
Two Cheers for Valerie
83
Its Trouble
87
OhCrapStaleness
89
When Its Gone Its Gone
93
TheCloser
99
The Choke
103
A Few Words about Distractions
109
MythicalJourney ofaPoolPlayer
147
AGameforAllSeasons
153
Good Luck
159
To the Mission
165
AStudyin Beige
171
The Bottles
179
NoahsVictory
183
Its Mystical
189
Science Without Billiards
191
Free Billiards from Newton
199
At the Green Dragon
205
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About the author (2011)

Richard Dean Smith received his Ph.D. in history from the University of Colorado at Boulder. His interests include the study of early modern English popular culture, urban societies and office-holding, and religion. He is currently teaching in Colorado and doing further research on Colchester.

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