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By Jeanette Lee
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November 2016

Q: Iím still a little intimidated when I go into a poolroom alone. Iíd like to match up a little just to learn to play better, but Iím not really confident in my game and donít want to look bad, either. Advice?

Cody Cheetam, Billings, Mont.

A: I understand being intimidated. Even as the Black Widow, I get uneasy walking into a poolroom alone. I enjoy matching up, but only when I feel ready. Iíve always felt it is better to be prepared and not get an opportunity than it is to get an opportunity but not be prepared. For me, the learning is in playing and watching great players. Making good choices and working on perfect stroke, timing, fundamentals and pre-shot routine are so important. Your confidence playing others will come with your own consistency. When you have a good routine and are comfortable, competing can be really fun. Even when you are playing a stronger player, it helps because you have to focus so much and play so hard. Over time, the nerves will start to feel familiar and you can focus on playing well. Itís all about feeling comfortable and confident, and that comes with working on your game.