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By Jeanette Lee
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May 2011
Q. I almost always play on bar tables, but I want to see how I do on 9-foot tables. Do you have any hints or suggestions that the transition?
Hank S.; Wadsworth, Ill.

A. When you go from a bar table to a full-sized table, it's important to know that the task of choosing your target as the table gets larger. The difference is the environment. It will take time to make the adjustment, but you aren't changing anything fundamental about the game. So how do you get through it? Just keep practicing, and little by little you get more comfortable with the way the table looks. Imagine that I ask you to walk across a six-inch plank that's running across the floor. You'd say that's no problem. But if that plank was raised higher and higher off the ground, the same simple task seems much harder. Once you grow comfortable with the situation, though, you should be able make it across the plank, regardless of its height. The same is true with the bigger table. Get acquainted with the 9-footer and you'll be fine. And remember to trust your stroke. No matter what table you're playing on, you have to trust your stroke!