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By Jeanette Lee
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August: Good Luck
August 2009
Q. I've recently found my good luck charm. It's this little pin that I put on my cue case a few months back. Since then, I've been on fire. Do you have any good luck charms you need to have with you at a tournament? If so, how did they become so important?
Nicole S.; Tuscaloosa, Ala.

A. I can't say that I have a good luck charm, but I find that there are certain things that I've discovered that help me play better, more consistent pool - things such as getting tons of rest, eating three or four hours before my match, stretching and taking time to focus on picturing myself playing my best. Aside from these activities, I also look at a few notes that remind me of things I do when I play my best pool, like "stay down," "slow backswing" and "picture the speed." No matter if a certain activity or routine truly helps you or not, it becomes important once you believe that it is an integral part of your game. So take time to do everything necessary to play your best. In terms of luck, I really believe we produce our own luck by creating or destroying opportunities that are presented to us every day. But if I had to say I had a "charm," it would be my daughter. Seeing her makes me so happy that I can go into any match with a positive, winning attitude.