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By Jeanette Lee
International billiard icon "The Black Widow" answers your questions about life, love, and everything else that happens in the poolhall.

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March: Constant Improvement
March 2010
Q. If you hit a plateau, is there anything that you can do to continue improving?
Tim R.; Trenton, N.J.

A. I have hit plateaus pretty regularly throughout my entire pool life. I think it's just what happens when you learn a lot of new information and your brain needs time to process it all before continuing to move forward. Don't get discouraged. Just keep setting small goals for yourself, taking a little time to work toward these specific goals.

Q. I've just started playing and I'm not very good. I'm also very self-conscious when I'm at the poolhall. What can I do to feel more comfortable?
Chris F.; Dayton, Ohio

A. Remember that all good players were at your level once, and that we're all on a path of improvement. Try to see these "better players" as fellow journeymen rather than critics. Also, you might want to try and meet a few of them, which might help you feel more at home. If you're too shy for that, try listening to music with headphones. But, no matter what approach you take, just embrace all the good players around you!