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March: Women's Play
Mar 2016

Q: I know you don't play competitively as often as you used to, but how has the women's game changed over the years? Are the players of this era better? And what parts of their game are better than when you were at your competitive peak?

Mark Heberlein, LaCrosse, Wis.

A: The women are so much better than when I started. We all have a lot more knowledge, have more discipline in our decision-making and tempo, and have a more systematic approach, commonly seen in Allison Fisher and Karen Corr. All of us have better control of our cue ball and our composure, which keeps us from getting in our own way. We have stronger pre-shot routines. I wouldn't say today's players are better than us. Allison and Karen will always be threats, and I would like to think of myself the same way. We do have younger players, like Ga Young Kim, Monica Webb, Kelly Fisher and Jasmine Ouschan. All are solid players, but I wouldn't say they are significantly better than other players in the top eight in terms of skill, knowledge and mental strength. I don't believe today's top players are better than Allison, Karen and I were in our prime.



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