Good Day Everyone! We have made it yet through another week. Since our last blog a lot has been happening at Harmony at 154th. The fun just keeps on happening here. For the next few minutes please indulge me as I focus on one of the many activities we have here at Harmony at 154th. Personally it’s one of my favorite things to do here, and that is billiards. As soon as you enter our dual floor state of the art facility there it is; our pool table. We didn’t coincidentally place our pool table at the mere entrance of our main hall for no reason. We know how much people love to play pool. Quite honestly playing pool is my favorite thing to do here (although I get my behind kicked by the many pool sharks at our facility) it makes me wish that I was eligible to become a participant myself, so that I can play every day and become a pool shark myself. I like to think that I’m a shark in the making.
Well, we are calling all pool sharks to come to Harmony and show us what they’re made of. In the past we’ve had pool tournaments and we’ve seen some of the biggest sharks I’ve ever seen. We are still looking for the proverbial Steven Spielberg Jaws of the pool world. Is it you?! Well it can be, but if you find yourself to be more of a guppy (like me) here are a few tips to help you get to shark status.
1. Work on Your Form
Proper form is one of the many important parts of pool that many novice players overlook. One of the most important things that you need to focus on is keeping your neck straight, for example. Keeping your neck straight will give you the proper amount of perspective that you need to be able to visualize exactly where the ball is going to go before you strike it.
You’ll also want to secure your bridge hand, which will help you execute a wider array of shots with maximum efficiency. Finally, you’ll want to keep your backswing smooth and slow to help yourself stay coordinated while taking shots.
2. Learn From Your Mistakes
One of the most important things that a person can do in life is learn from his or her mistakes. This advice goes for all aspects of life, from your personal life to your professional life and even to the world of pool. If you consistently miss the same type of shot or freeze up in the same situation, take the time to stop and think about what is happening.
If you always approach a shot from the wrong angle, identify your weak points and learn how to turn them into positive attributes. Doing so will help make sure you’re ready for any event that is likely to happen and you won’t make these same types of mistakes again.
3. Always Stay Relaxed
Staying as comfortable as possible is one of the key parts to success in many different forms of life.
When you start to get uncomfortable and begin to stress out, you are more likely to make quick decisions just to get yourself out of a certain type of situation.
If you don’t leave yourself the proper amount of time to think things through before you move forward with your actions, you are much more likely to make a mistake.
The same is true in pool. Always make sure that you’re staying as calm as possible and that you’re giving yourself the appropriate amount of time necessary to make the best possible strategic decisions.
4. Look at the Entire Table
Adult Day Care Activities Bronx, One of the most important things that you can do in pool is walk around the entire table and strategize before you make your shot. Playing pool on a professional level is a lot like playing chess. You shouldn’t just be thinking about the move you want to make.
You need to be thinking about the next three moves that you’ll make, as well as the moves your opponent will make, before you move forward. Taking a look at the entire table will allow you to do that, because you’ll be able to see the ramifications from the shot you’re thinking of making.
5. Don’t Get Fancy
When you watch pool professionals play on television, you are likely to see people making “trick shots” and doing other types of flashy moves to get attention while they’re winning. Keep in mind that in the world of professional pool, these types of actions are exceedingly rare. When you start trying to make “trick shots” is when you start slipping up and making mistakes.
The people on television are only making these types of moves because they’re on television and they know that millions of people could be watching. You’re not on television, so relax and take your time.
6. Never Forget Your Opponent
One of the most interesting aspects of the game of pool is how a decision that you make directly influences the decision your opponent has to make. The game is much more focused on strategy than a lot of people realize. Right before you take a shot, always stop to think about what your opponent will be forced to do next.
Even if you sink a ball, for example, you could be setting them up for an even better shot. Likewise, it may be better to pass up on that easy shot if you can block your opponent’s next move in the process.
7. Practice makes perfect
Though it should go without saying, the idea that you can’t play pool like a professional without a great deal of practice bears repeating.
Practice makes perfect in nearly all aspects of life, but it is especially true when it comes to the world of professional sports.
When you watch a professional play pool, you aren’t watching someone who is picking up a cue for the first time.
You aren’t watching someone who plays casually with friends a few times a month. You’re watching someone who has practiced for hundreds of hours before they ever set foot near that professional table.
Good news is; you have a place to practice here at Harmony at 154th so what are you waiting for find your inner shark today! We provide free door to door transportation, and $1 breakfasts and lunches. What are you waiting for call us today 718-585-5440
At Harmony Social Adult Day Care, we believe everyone’s health is important, which is why we have all of our Certified Home Health Aides, Personal Care Aides, and staff trained efficiently, so that you or your loved ones are getting the right health professionals providing safe care at our facility. If you or someone you know is having difficulty with activities of daily living due to health issues, please feel free to reach out to us for a free consultation at 718-585-5440. Or you can visit our website at www.harmonyadultdaycare.com