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By Jeanette Lee
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June: Back in the Game
June 2012
Q. I've started playing pool again after taking a three-decade hiatus. At 57, I'm pleased to find most of my old form after about a year. My issues revolve around consistency in shot-making. Any tips?
Alex A.; Bristol, Tenn.

A. Don't worry! I think we all have that problem, regardless if we're 57 or 15! There are so many things that can improve your consistency. There are so many things going on before, during and after your pool stroke, it's hard to key on one thing. But the first thing you want to do is take a solid look at your fundamentals to make sure you are consistently striking the object ball precisely where you are aiming. Keep your eye focused on the object ball long enough to see clearly if you are striking exactly where you are aiming. This test is a great way to see what problems, if any, you have with accuracy. Oh yeah, and I also always recommend taking pool lessons, if you have the opportunity! I offer my own series of clinics, but I also recommend Jerry Briesath and Mark Wilson for focusing on stroke fundamentals. Both instructors are well worth the investment!