I am the first to admit that how I prepared for BCAPL Texas State was NOT ideal.
I hadn't hit any balls, didn't spend any time on the table, didn't play in weekly tourneys; nothing.
I spent NO time on the table.
While I read a couple of books, it is obviously much more beneficial to remain in stroke by practicing or playing pool!
And yet here I find myself in the same situation for ACS Nationals. YIKES!
I've played even LESS pool than last time. I've played two league nights only twice since I won on April 4th. OMGoodness, that's almost a month!
I again read Play Your Best Pool (the 8-ball section the last two nights) and will also read my notes about Winning Ugly to get my mental face on.
But I do NOT recommend this.
Someone told me I'll be okay because I have natural talent. UM NO. I am the last to have natural talent. If I had, I'd have been placing better and higher MANY years earlier in my pool life.
Instead, it's been 1000's of learning experiences I gained in each tournament match that has led me to my skills and knowledge I have today. And it took me over ten years to solidify my fundamentals.
This philosophy I'm using for this tourney again has GOT to stop! I have to start practicing again if I want to do well consistently. I need to prepare better if I really want to place better in my tournaments.