Shawn Putnam claimed his 55th tour win in The Ozone Olhausen Billiards Classic Tour's Nine Ball Event. Putnam begin his race in the bottom of the chart and played his way across the bracket to the winners side by winning set number one of the double elimination finals. Putnam defeated Dana Aft 9 to 2; Frank Carcioppola 9 to 3; Jamie Lowery 9 to 4; Paul Song 9 to 7; Jeff Crawford 9 to 7; John Maikke 9 to 6 in the match for the Hot Seat. Maikke came back from the semi finals only to be defeated by Putnam 9 to 5 in the finals.
Set Achievable Goals I think the only thing I took from my college psychology class was that things should be learned in chunks (their word, not mine). This process of achieving chunks of goals helps us in improving our pool game in that it builds confidence a little at a time. We are not overwhelmed with the monster, I want to improve my game. Instead, break it into chunks, like, today I want to improve my bridge, or my stroke, or my breaking technique. Then work only on that aspect of your game until you master it. Write your chunks of goals down and adhere to them, and don't get discouraged. In short order, your chunks will start coming together to form a natural looking whole, without you even thinking about it.
Three-ball trick shot
Try this three-ball trick shot. It's fun and interesting. Freeze the 1 ball on a side rail at the first sight (diamond). Place the 2 ball in front of it and angled toward the second sight of the opposite rail. Place the 3 ball in front of the 2 ball aimed at the facing of the opposite corner pocket. Place the cue ball in the center of the table at a 45 degree angle from the 1 ball. Cue it at 8 o'clock with an easy stroke hitting the rail about a 16th of an inch before hitting the 1 ball. Try it again. This time set up on the second sight of the side rail. Again, cue it at 8 o'clock, but this time use a moderate stoke. Next, set up the shot at the center sight on an end rail. This time, use a harder stroke.