Forever it will be marked that on Tuesday August 30th Ray “Cool Cat” Martin beat Oliver “The Machine” Ortmann and proved that even at 76 he still has what it takes. Not only did Ray prove he can win at any age he hasn’t even been playing professional pool for 20 years. Coming out of retirement he easily showed that he’s got the skills to take on those eager players. Ortmann would normally have had the advantage but Ray was not going down without a fight. Amongst a packed crowd Martin scored his victory over last year’s champion. He has also been inducted into the Hall of Fame this evening, which is clearly well deserved.
Self confidence can help a player reach their potential. It’s one of those games where you shouldn’t hesitate to praise yourself and accept the praise of others after a good shot. Take credit for your good shots, decisions, and position play. Don’t just brush it off a luck. It’s ok to make mistakes, admit it and then forgive. You can be your own worst critic so avoid that and give yourself a pep talk you might just amaze yourself how much you can grow.
Don’t get burned out, if you find yourself on excessively long binder sessions of practice and competition you can easily loose concentration, become irritable, and well all around bored. So don’t do it. Maybe take a break walk away read some instructional books, time off can be enjoyable I promise.
Keep your head in the game, not every day or every match will be a great pool playing day for you. Even pro’s admit that it wasn’t their best day. Try and keep a positive mental attitude. If you want to become good at any cue sports you have to be patient. The game offers many opportunities for failure and it will be your positive attitude and determination that will get you past the tough spots.
Patience is always a virtue, if you take this and conservative play you can find those long awaited victories. Just don’t forget to be prepared for the chance to grad the best opportunity.
Remember to take those lessons to heart and learn from them. The next time you are in a tough situation, try to remember back when you were in a similar situation and got yourself out of it successfully.
Seasoned players automatically do an instantaneous search of every other time they found themselves with a similar problem and then proceed accordingly. Basing your decision on a positive thought will add to your confidence and your success.
For those of you who follow pool on the professional circuit i’m sure you tuned in this weekend to what happened in Doha, Qator. The 2011 World 9-Ball Championship crowned a new winner. Yukio Akagariyama kept his cool to win 13-11 over Ronnie Alcano. Almost 1500 people were there to watch putting a good amount of pressure on the 9-ball championship. Yukio played a great game very consistent all week. All in all it was a fantastic match and a great championship for 9-ball.