Play Pool Better: Top Ten Ways to Improve your Billiards GameWritten by Reno Charlton
Billiards is an old and much loved game, particularly in United States and United Kingdom. This is a game that people of all ages play; even younger kids can play now on special child-size tables that are widely available. It is also a game that, although once more popular with men, is now keenly played by both sexes. You can play pool in all sorts of environments, from restaurants and bars to halls and homes. It is also a game that can be as relaxing or competitive as you want to make it. Some people like to enjoy a friendly game over a drink after work, others like to unwind with a few games on their home pool table, and some like to join leagues and clubs and play to win.
1. Understand billiards in general
Whether you are young or old, male or female, a relaxed player or a competitive player, chances are you want to play as well as you can. Being able to play well is all part of fun of playing billiards, so it is important to learn rules and strategies of games you are interested in, and then try and improve your game on a continual basis. Improving your billiards game is particularly important if you want to play competitively; however, it is also important even if you enjoy friendly games – after all, it’s not much of a challenge if you can’t put up much of a fight against your opponent…plus, practicing game is far too much fun to miss out on.
2. Practice game
This is one of key aspects of improving your billiards game – importance of practice can’t be stressed enough, and many pros will tell you that getting in practice is singularly most important part of becoming adept at billiards. Some people practice for hours each day – which, of course, is not practical for everyone. However, getting in some regular practice at your local pool hall, bar, or even in home, can be a big help.
Having easy access is best way to enjoy practicing this game. If you have to go to pool hall or bar, you don’t always have energy and motivation, particularly if you have been at work all day. This could mean losing out on a lot of valuable practice. However, setting up your own billiards table at home means that you can practice at any time in comfort of your own home. Setting up a pool table/billiards room is relatively simple and very affordable these days, and once you have your room set up you won’t have to pay for games at bars, halls or clubs – and you can enjoy a fantastic area in which to entertain, relax – and, of course, practice.
3. Don’t forget cue
Your cue is a pivotal part of your billiards game – after all, you won’t get far without it! You should ensure that you buy a cue that is of good quality. However, strange as it might sound, you also need to find a cue that you can relate to. Remember when Harry Potter went to get his first wand in The Philosopher’s Stone, and he just knew when he had right wand? Well, this is sort of feeling your should aim for when you buy your pool cue. Hold cue, get a feel for it, and make sure that you are comfortable with every aspect of cue. Many professionals state that using same cue for every practice and real game is a big part of their success, and if you are going to be playing with same cue you have to make sure that it is one you are perfectly happy with.
4. Join a league or club
You could find that joining a pool league or billiards club or team can help to improve your game. This is not only because you will be able to get in some regular practice, but also because you will have a network of support. You can pick up tips and advice from other members of your team or club, and these can really help you to improve your game. Plus taking part in friendly competitions can help to give you that competitive streak, which in itself can help you to develop and improve your game through pure motivation.
Kafka Re-TrialWritten by malcolm james pugh
Kafka lands resurrected in Crewe deposited by a silvery alien craft, And whilst he is wondering what to do He is asked to show his pass Or pay an instant one off fine At a cash dispenser of his choice And they are checking all time On his irises face and voice.
And of course they find that he is not, They discover he just cannot be there, Although he seems as if he is visible, And has hands and toes and hair, If he is not on Great Data Bank, He plainly and simply cannot be, He is not listed and he is not ranked He is surely not like you and me.
So they cant detain him in custody But they do not have to let him go He never ever happened, period So who can ever tell, or know. So on a lonely bench in quiet shade He sits alone and unremarked, Wondering what games they play, Against backdrop of park.
And so, are we just opposite, Are we all consigned to hidden files, Are machines deciding who we are, Where we live, and when we smile, Is nothing a certain and real fact, Unless computer correlated true, And should your dossier go into error, How can you prove, you are really you.
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So unless we are verifiable as sound, And our image assuages Superhal, No one will ever trust us again, No one will ever want to be our pal, But this is not like yesteryear, When a quick query cleared your name, Your questions are merely registered, And you just get told how to complain.
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Meanwhile youre mugged, not statistically, Contract MRSA, but its not on file, Your children cannot read or write, But their qualifications raise a smile, You always hit potholes that dont exist, To save waiting on trains that dont arrive, But whose flexitimes prove you missed, The only one late out of fifty five.
You cry out to be heard aloud, But echoes mock your voice, You cannot afford telephone, Cant bypass enforced menus of choice, Cannot contact a single human being, By department, name or reason, All this evolved like a dripping tap, Season upon big brother season.
Then one day walking in solitude, Your will to try nearly quenched, There is quiet of shady park, There is man upon bench, Who looks at you knowingly, And asks you if you ever read, And says Then I am Kafka, You Must Tell Me What You Need.