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By Jeanette Lee
International billiard icon "The Black Widow" answers your questions about life, love, and everything else that happens in the poolhall.

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February: Slow & Steady
February 2013
Q: When facing a deliberate player, I can get pretty anxious, even upset. How do you keep your composure and stay in your game?
Lanny P.; Flat Rock, Mich.

A: Installing a pre-shot routine will really help your mind stay on the things that are important, like delivering the perfect swing. Try not to focus on your opponent, but, rather, how you can prepare yourself to perform. It's OK to get nervous before a match. Just make sure you give yourself the chance to play your best pool.

Q: Do you still enjoy the game as much as you did when you started? I seem to go through lulls where I lose a bit of my desire.
E. Cleland; Roanoke, Va.

A: Absolutely! I love it even more. Pool, just like most sports, the more you know, the more fun it is! Sure, there are times I started to feel lazy, but I know to do something to make sure I moved forward in my game. This means setting new goals or playing in more tournaments. Putting yourself out there really helps you evaluate where you are and what needs work.