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By Jeanette Lee
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May: Re-Visiting The Zone
May 2014
Q: I play on three different leagues. The other night I broke and ran two games, had an 8 on the break and two run-outs. I played like a pro. The very next night, I went 0-4. I shot terrible. I shot like two different people. Any advice for both of us?
Bob Rivera, Lancaster, Pa.

A: Oh Bob, I feel for you! I wish I had the magic formula to allow us to stay in the zone forever. All you can do is prepare yourself. Most amateurs go into league night with no specific routine, which puts them at the mercy of whichever of their multiple identities happens to show up that night! I like to prepare myself with a good routine. Take time on the side before your match to remind yourself why you're there. Visualize what you're like when you play your best pool. Know in advance how to respond to any situation, good or bad. Stay in the moment; strive for the perfect stroke; commit to your decisions; walk confidently; think confidently; recover quickly. Most of all, trust yourself. Physically, familiarize yourself with speed control, English and stroke. You know how to pocket the balls. Now, control your cueball and your mental game and you'll have a lot more good days thana bad!