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Nr. 65 Psychologie - Anhang 1: Nick
Prinsloo über mentale Probleme
Prinsloo ist ein bekannter Pool-Spieler und -Autor. http://www.azbilliards.com/nick/weekly/aa030401a.php
ist seine Website. Seine Ausführungen sind auch für Dreibandspieler
interessant, vor allem die über mentale Sperren und über
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Overcoming The Mental Barriers
This lesson tackles an aspect of the game which is invariably the
deciding factor when it comes to being a champion: overcoming the
abstract mental barriers. This would range from facing a difficult
shot, to dealing with an opponent's good fortune (flukes, etc.),
to playing a player much better than yourself, to playing in front
of an audience; all common situations that arise - some repeatedly
- during the course of a serious pool player's career.
Basically, all such situations are beyond the direct control of
the player. They also vary from situation to situation. How each
situation affects you is really up to yourself. If you are going
to get angry when your opponent gets more than his fair share of
luck, nobody but you are to blame when it adversely affects your
concentration for the rest of the game or match.
Another common mental barrier experienced by almost every player
is getting nervous when playing before an audience or playing an
important match against a much stronger opponent than yourself.
We all get nervous; even the best in the world. What separates the
winners from the losers is that the winners handle that nervousness
to the extent that it is no longer a barrier in their way to success.
It is okay to feel edgy before or during an important match, as
long as you still perform well under those circumstances.
Now, you might ask how you should handle these situations. There
is really one solution or "technique" for handling any
situation that you cannot directly control, namely CONFRONTING the
obstacle. It is of imperial importance to know exactly what confronting
means and how to apply it. Confronting is defined as "facing
without avoiding or flinching". It means being there comfortably;
feeling comfortable with any circumstances, whatever they may be.
Facing something without avoiding or flinching means exactly that.
It does not mean when your opponent has just made an incredibly
lucky shot that you must ignore it or look away or think of something
You must FACE it and be comfortable with it.
Observe it and don't let it affect you emotionally, otherwise it
could surely cost you the game or match. The same goes for when
you have a couple of lucky rolls yourself. It may not have such
a negative effect as your opponent's lucky rolls, but confront it
nevertheless. Don't let it make you lose concentration; not for
Ditto playing the final of a major tournament against a tough opponent
with a great reputation, before a large audience. It is a hell of
a lot tougher than facing a beginner's luck shots at your local
poolroom, but it can be overcome. You don't have to go and stand
in front of the crowd and look at them in order to confront them,
but know that they are there and just be comfortable with it.
You may say, but I can't make myself feel comfortable. That's true.
The idea is not to think about it or force yourself by trying too
hard, but to simply do it. Just do it. You've seen that on a T-shirt
before. Try it, it's easier than it seems.
Your tough opponent can only play well when you give him the chance
to do so. He will become more confident when you show fear or any
sign of nervousness, so confront him and you will make it a lot
more difficult for him, and at the same time easier for yourself.
When you are faced with a difficult shot or even a shot you know
you usually miss, confront it before you go down on it, as well
as during execution, and it won't be a problem.
Confront your own bad play, confront playing conditions, confront
everything that might seem like a problem and it won't be a problem
any more. Confront, confront, confront! You will be amazed at what
inner strength it gives you!
We could dedicate an entire book to the mental aspects of the game,
but why should we, when the ultimate book about the mental game
has already been written? The book I am referring to is Pleasures
Of Small Motions: Mastering The Mental Game Of Pocket Billiards,
written Bob Fancher, PhD. Dr. Fancher is pool's very own shrink,
and the book is highly recommended.
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