I prioritize on what will help your game improve the most, both immediately and also in the months ahead. You always have the opportunity to adjust the agenda, but to this point I have an uncanny track record of putting a winning game plan together and my students generally feel I know their game better than they do.
Now that we have a plan we can dive into the action. Different exercises depending on what’s on our list. Technique. Cue ball control. Pattern play. Safeties and endgames. Whatever is missing from your game. Not what you’d find in a pool book, but rather fleshing out advanced concepts that are holding you back. Some might be a specific shot. Some might be a specific drill. Others might be working through arranged layouts. I give you a notebook filled with pool diagrams and sheet protectors so you can document what you’ve worked on and breakthroughs as they come.
Typically each exercise takes around 60 minutes give or take. It’s nice that we’re not rushed so we can spend the time needed to absorb the material. In between exercises we take very short breaks, sometimes just a minute or two to sit down and recap what we learned and prep for our next burst of activity. I make sure to alternate between topics that are mentally demanding and those that are more about repetition, so our brains and our bodies have time to recuperate. We must pace ourselves! Every couple of hours I go back to the diagnostic chart to ensure that the work we’ve done is aligned with the priorities we’ve laid out and we are satisfied with the progress. If adjustments to the plan are needed we discuss and implement them. We have a lot of time, but we want to extract the maximum from every hour.
Meal breaks are a good time to refresh, hang out, and usually watch a little pool on the TV. Sometimes this can be a learning opportunity, often it is just a needed break and some fun. Then it’s back to the table. We continue to work together and the excitement with progress more than combats any thought of fatigue. By the end of the first day you are seeing the game in a way you’ve never seen it before, and have done things on the table you’ve never done before! The work is done for the day, now what should we do? Oh, look, a pool table, maybe just a few friendly games. I try to play well and demonstrate professional focus as well as hoping you’ll see how I use the tools I taught to put together an effective game. Finally the clock insists that we call it a night.
Best of all, this is just day one. You will go to dreaming of what we worked on and looking forward to an even longer day tomorrow…
How do you compare to other instructors or courses?
I am a player first and approach things from that perspective. I love pool and the study of pool but there is a big difference between knowledge and execution. Many players know a lot of theory but have trouble putting it into practice. This can be a challenge for those who demand the answer to their pool obstacles come in the form of new information, but when they open to doing what works amazing things are possible.
Results are the bottom line. If knowledge plays a role in those results, great, I know this game inside and out. But I’m very practical. Sometimes the things holding us back aren’t fixed the way we would like. Superficially it isn’t much fun to put in hours of hard work on techniques we struggle with, which is why this is called bootcamp. The mood quickly changes once you start smoothing through layouts that would’ve stopped you the week before, and as you connect the input with the output the hard work becomes a lot more invigorating!
What is your availability?
I can be very flexible given reasonable notice. If you are interested in scheduling or have any additional questions please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at 612-747-9210.