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By Jeanette Lee
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October: If You Knew Now
October 2016

Q: What are some of the things you learned through the years that you’d wished you knew earlier in your carrier?

Deborah Halloran, St. Paul, Minn.

A: I wish I would have understood the importance of a solid pre-shot routine. I was recently talking to one of the players in my APA league in Tampa. He is a skill level 5. He claimed that he watches 6s and 7s, and doesn’t feel challenged by them. The challenge should come from within. The biggest difference between players of 5 and 7 skill levels is the number of simple unforced errors. Can you reduce the number of times you miss a shot you know you should have made? Can you pull yourself together in the middle of a match after starting off with a few silly errors? The higher level players can do those things. Playing tournaments and leagues are a fun way to test yourself and be around other players who love the game. And the best starting point is a solid pre-shot routine. You need a checklist of sorts, so that when you are ready to let your cue go, you have focused all of your energy on execution. The groundwork you’ve laid will help prevent carelessness.