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By Jeanette Lee
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May: Playing With Pain
May 2010
Q. You have suffered from back problems for a long time. I seriously need to practice on my table to improve my game, but after an hour at the table, my back begins to hurt so bad. How do you put in so much practice time with your back condition?
Robert Rivera; Lancaster, Pa.

A. When it comes to my practice routine, it's not about how much time I spend at the table. It's about quality time. Sometimes, I am very limited in what I can do. A lot of people complain about pain but do nothing about it. Your health is a huge part of the success of your game. My focus off the table is to strengthen my core and increase my flexibility and endurance as much as possible. On the table, I work primarily on my stroke and my pre-shot routine. Working on your focus, developing a purely level swing, and drilling my pre-shot routine are all things I can work on when I'm limited by time. When I can spend more time at the table, I work on specialty shots, such as position drills and rail shots. I know it's corny, but this really is a marathon, not a race. But even in a short time, you can improve by practicing efficiently.