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By Jeanette Lee
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Q. I've always thought my golf game helped me play pool. Have you learned any lessons from other sports?
Barb P.; Broward County, Fla

A. I haven't been able to participate in other sports in a competitive way due to problems with my back and other physical issues. But I agree that golf has the most in common with pool, specifically in terms of the similarities of the pendulum swing and overall mental focus. I've read several golf-specific books over the years that have helped me develop my pre-shot routine and match preparation. I think that because golf is more successful as a professional sport, there have been a lot more books available. I would say the biggest lesson I learned from other sports was the importance of good technique, swing, and discipline. I think a lot of pool players would go a lot further by focusing more on these things, rather than just hitting a lot of balls and working on cue-ball control, which tend to be most pool players' main focuses. Check out some of Bob Rotella's books; "Golf is Not a Game of Perfect" was one of my first favorites