I am going to begin our Journey with a four part report on concepts I want you to absorb. As you know, this journey is far more than just the mere pocketing of balls. As we grow and learn to master this game, we find ourselves making inner changes to facillitate our skills. Without the personal changes, we seem to be blocked.
The Pre Shot Routine is not just for rhythm it is to help you control your mind. You cannot control something that is scattered. The shot includes four elements.
The shot offers you a target.
The shot asked for a specific stroke.
The shot ask for specific speed.
The shot ask you to deliver the cue through the cue ball in a precise manner.
You mind controls this. That is why you must be certain, via of your Pre Shot Routine, exactly what you want to achieve.
You have a goal. Make the ball and get position on the next shot. On any shot your face, you must deliver the ingredients within the shot to achieve your goal. If you goal is clear, your PSR will put you in position for success. If you are not using your PSR to control your mind, you are scattered and will be an inconsistent player.
The mind should see only those objects which bring the mind closer to the goals you have set forth. Therefore, the PSR is the only way you can begin your journey to pocket balls and get position on the next ball. There is no other way to gain the consistency you need to become a master.
You will need to master the Drill Bytes Six-Pack completely without a miss before you can talk to me about mastering the PSR. During the execution of your stroke you should and pause in your breathing as during that pause you will be at your highest concentration. You must train in this fine art. Don't think you can do it consciously. It must become part of who you are.
As you look at this PSR you can see it includes all the dynamics of a shot delivered by a Master. Chalk, connect, stroke. How can you attempt to deliver a stroke without doing these three things? Now you are prepared. One, two three puts you in position. Your breath in and the allowing of the breath out quiet the mind. A quiet mind has greater ability to focus on the task at hand. Your grip brings into focus your stroke. The stroke determines the track line. With a conscious awareness of what stroke you are going to use, your mind will not be able to function.
Remember, you mind operates out of its' memory. "Set", brings you to a state of alertness. Letting your lungs empty helps you to focus. "Pause", puts you in strike mode. Your breath is all the way out. You are not breathing, you are not doing anything. "Finish" allows you to deliver the perfect stroke. Train the mind to serve you. My latest DVD "Bring your game to its Highest Level" deals with the pre shot routine.
I speak to you not as a master now but as a friend. If you do not have a clearly defined purpose, you should not work on the PSR. Within the PSR is spiritual development. You are timing your breaths to your mind, allowing your mind to focus at will, letting go of control, and during these times, without a clear purpose you will experience chaos. If your purpose is not clearly defined the mind will have no foundation from which to operate. Your development in this game will be hampered. If you want to develop a PSR you must be free of all distractions because you cannot leave any element out of your PSR. You must go through each step in order to arrive at the "pause" with no breath and one hundred per cent concentration and then you can experience the "finish."
Once your purpose is clearly defined, all physical and mental strength must be called into focus on it. The procedure necessary to achieve this end is called concentration. Concentration focuses power. The fine-tuning of this focus can be prayer. Our fervent wish is the direct expression of our prayer. Your concentration ability has an impact on your ability to speed up your journey to reach your goals. On your journey, as I have found so many times before, decisions and sacrifices must be made to achieve your purpose. The unique process of concentration contains the dynamics, which enhance your chances of success. If you look around and find yourself distracted you must realize who it is that has put you in that situation and you must understand who it is who has the power to get you out.
Now I suggest you take a read of my article outlining Billiards A New Stance and see how you should be positioned before taking a shot.