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January: A-ha! Moment
January 2012
Q. At a recent APA regional, I refereed during the 8-ball competition. During my time as a ref, the game exploded to me mentally. I was wondering, when you were learning your craft, was there a moment or an experience during your development that stands out as your biggest breakthrough?
Jason Hunziker; Scotia, Calif.

A. I’ve always been a huge fan of the game of straight pool. My goal as an amateur was to run 100 balls. I was stuck for the longest time at a run of 31 — I thought I would never get through it. It was when I finally did break it (and subsequently ran a 54) that I realized the key to great straight pool. It wasn’t so much that the shots got tougher as I ran more balls; it was my mental approach. Running lots of balls means maintaining focus. The same goes with playing sets of 9-ball or 8-ball. Anyone can stay focused for a few games. The challenge is to stay sharp throughout the entire set, right? My journey then started to not only become great at pocketing balls, but to work on my focus, which I work on to this day and something I consider a great strength.


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