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By Jeanette Lee
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April: Dividing Practice Time
Apr 2016

Q: I'm just starting out and I can't seem to play too much pool! I can play for seven or eight hours a day, easy. But I don't seem to have a lot of structure to my practice time. When you used to practice that much, how did you divide your time?

Krista Reiter, Chicago, Ill.

A: I started playing in New York, so there was a multitude of great players around me. We also had tournaments all through New York City and in New Jersey. Playing competitively that often was great seasoning for my future pro career. I also had a pool godfather, Gene Nagy, who patiently waited for me, consoled me, encouraged me and listened to me. So, while my brain was always on overload, he had a great way of settling me down and helping me be my best. He passed away a few years ago. I love him and miss him. When I finished my morning banter, we would play all day, from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Then I would grab some food and head to the local tournament. I would do drills for an hour or two in the morning, play Gene all day and get my butt kicked every night in tournaments playing the men. One of the greatest times of my life.