When I hear any player ever say, "I can only play well on a bar table," I shake my head at their unfortunate words and then feel so very thankful for some advice in my very early days of playing pool.
Back in the mid 90s when I was breathing and dreaming pool, my professional pool playing boyfriend at the time gave me some amazing advice that has helped me in every tournament I have ever played in since then: He told me to always practice on a 9-foot table.
I took that advice WAY to heart.
If I was to walk into the pool room to practice and all the 9-foot tables were taken, I'd promptly walk back out and return earlier the next day.
I noticed RIGHT AWAY that I had much more of an advantage in the tournaments I played in - because most were on 8-foot tables. Playing on a 9-foot all the time, made the 8-foots look pretty "easy." And I felt comfy on them.
When I would play on bar tables, holy cow! The table was so much smaller and again I had the advantage from spending all my practice time on 9-foot tables.
In the past 20 years, I only ever practiced on a 9-foot table. And of course the tables I had in my living rooms over the years were always 9-foot tables.
I found that throughout the years, always practicing solely on a 9-foot table helped me in every single tournament I played in. Some tournaments are solely on 9-foot tables. I was ready! Most tourneys in Texas are on 8-foot tables; still ready! And the league events and larger tourneys on bar boxes - omg, SO ready!
I am saying all this today to share that some times in your pool journey you may hear a bit of advice that if you incorporate, will help you throughout ALL the years of you competing in pool. I have a few others of course that helped me, but this is one of the bigger ones.
If you feel super comfy on a bar table, I implore you to step out of your comfort zone to the 9-foot table to practice. Don't even think about taking the jump to the 8-foot will suffice - instead LEAP right to the 9-foot table to help your game. Why wait? I promise in just a few practice sessions that you will feel comfy on the 9-foot table.
Your game will love you for it; your opponents, eh, not so much :)