On this sharking effort, the pool hustler wants to interrupt the game flow and rhythm. He does this by continuously moving from the table to his equipment and burning up groups of seconds and minutes. These back and forth movements are only done during his turn at the table. Continue reading
A shocker shark is any activity designed to destroy your game focus and make it difficult to recover any ability to play effectively. It does this with an action that is a complete surprise. It can be a shock to your sensibilities or to your nervous system. It can even go so far as to be a dangerous threat to life and limb. At its more intense levels, this is a gross violation of the spirit and idea of sports. The lesser shockers often fall within the spectrum of juvenile horseplay. Continue reading
Of all the overused words in the world of table billiards, the most common of all is, "Good Shot!" These and other pool phrases have become so common as to have lost all real meaning, from the provider or to the recipient.
Such words can be used as a sharking trick. Here are some examples that, with various emotional efforts can be distracting: Continue reading
This shark won’t directly affect your game if your political opinions are either in the soft middle or you are politically illiterate. On the other hand, if you have a passionate interest in political discourse and debate, a pool hustler, on knowing this key bit of information, can easily affect your game and concentration. Continue reading
This is a simple hustler’s trick. This distraction tactic is most effective when there isn’t a lot of room around the pool table. This means that there are not always designated chairs for the players.
This shark can be used in any informal competitions, such as team matches, local tournaments, and any playing areas that have to crowd a lot of players onto the tables. It cannot be applied during formal competitions where players have designated seats in which to wait while the other shooter plays his inning. Continue reading
Everyone experiences some natural and ordinary nervous anticipation at the beginning of an important match. These reactions are the body's natural fight or flight response. Some of the symptoms can include:
- Fast breathing.
- Constriction of the throat.
- Tightness in the chest.
- Sweating and dizziness.
- Difficulty in concentration and focus.
- Hyper-awareness of sounds and movements.