At it's most basic, the pool table is a small battlefield. An excerpt from "The Art of War" is provided with how it applies to the competition between opponents.
This segment is from:
Chapter 2 - Waging war
In the operations of war ...
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In the operations of war, where there are in the field a thousand swift chariots, as many heavy chariots, and a hundred thousand mail-clad soldiers, with provisions enough to carry them a thousand Li (500 km), the expenditure at home and at the front, including entertainment of guests, small items such as glue and paint, and sums spent on chariots and amour, will reach the total of a thousand ounces of silver per day. Such is the cost of raising an army of 100,000 men.
The requirements of a serious player's outfit are these:
- Two quality cue sticks (with spare shafts) in a case - one for playing, one for breaking.
- Playing accessories (chalk, tip dresser, gloves, towel, etc.)
- Adequate transportation
- Access to a practice table (10 hours a week recommended)
- Local tournament entries (2 per month, minimum)
- Competitive matches (2-3 per week)
- Snacks (enough to keep away any hunger pangs)
- Funds to pay for expenses
- Mentor (at least 30-40 years experience)
- Season-appropriate clothing
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