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By Jeanette Lee
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Q: I'm sure this is a common question for you, but what was the best single piece of advice you ever received relative to your playing pool?

John Duffy, Anchorage, Alaska

A: I was a young player, not quite a semi-pro yet, and (Billiard Congress of America Hall of Famer) Mike Sigel happened to be in my regular poolroom in New York when I walked in. I watched him for a while and asked him, "Mike, what do you do when you don't have any confidence and you are staring at the object ball? It is in tournament play and you just can't seem to lock in on your target. It gets to the point at which you're taking too long." He said, "Kid, when you don't got it, you fake it." I took that to mean that stroking your cue as though you have no clue will never do anything good for you, but if you fake confidence and at least commit to give it your best guess and you give it a good swing, it at least gives you a chance of making something good happen. And if you are successful with that approach, it could really help you get back to your real game.