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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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Q: I was watching "Caddy-shack" the other day, where Chevy Chase's character tells the kid to "be the ball." Do you have any tricks to keep your mind calm? Do you ever meditate or anything before a match?
Dick Perez; Provo, Utah

A: Meditation is essential to getting in the right mood before a match. If you don't focus on mental preparation, you're just always victim to whoever shows up that day. For me, I can bring my best Black Widow game - or my little itsy-bitsy spider game. If I want to be the Black Widow from the moment I get to the table, I need to set time aside to think about what I'm like when I play my best pool. How I think, how I walk, how I respond to every situation. I need to do whatever I can to be prepared for any situation. When it comes time to compete, I need to be comfortable with my surroundings, myself and my mind. When I'm down on a shot and I feel nervous or doubtful, I get back up again and remind myself that champions don't want for the easy shot to be handed to them. I think, If I want this, I need to take it! And most importantly, I need to trust myself and make sure I make the ball.