What is the opinion of Reddit about the
Pleasures of Small Motions: Mastering the Mental Game of Pocket Billiards?

A total of 17 reviews of this product on Reddit.

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7th Feb 2022

I just bought this book
Through suggestions I receive here. I’m hoping it will help me in those exact same situations.

I just have trouble closing sets… even if I’m up 3-4 games I just have trouble with the hill game.
I broke and ran 2 games to get of the hill in a gambling match the other day , then fell apart, the guy came back hill/hill and luckily he scratched on the 6ball and I ran out. But damn it really messes with my head to do that.

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20th Sep 2021

https://www.amazon.com/Pleasures-Small-Motions-Mastering-Billiards/dp/1585745391

it’s technically about pool, but you can literally replace all of the pool terms/references 1:1 with snooker terms/references and it’ll be exactly as useful

great book

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8th Apr 2021

> I find it funny how people get so mad over being beat.

lmao me too, just watch out you don’t get hit by one of those apes

if you ever change your mind and decide to read just one book, make it this one—it’s short

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3rd Jan 2021

worth it to look for one, but I believe you when you say that isn’t an option

try this book—I think it’s only in English, but it’s one of the best books on pool psychology I’ve ever read.

good luck 🙂

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28th Oct 2019

If you play pool, you’ll know the sensation you get when you KNOW you won’t miss a shot you’re attempting. What’s happened is that your brain has all the information that it needs and has fed it to your subconscious, which is what actually controls your muscles, and that feeds back and tells you you’re ready to take the shot.

The key is your subconscious. This is what controls your muscles, not the part of your mind that “speaks” to you. Giving it all the information and letting it do its thing without getting in its way (i.e. thinking with your conscious mind) is what you need to do to perform. Screwing up is often (as long as you’ve practiced enough to commit the notes and rhythm to memory) just your conscious mind engaging when you should be letting your subconscious do the work. In sports this is called “being in two minds”. The act of going consciously blank and letting your subconscious do all the work is most commonly called being “in the zone.” It sounds like voodoo but it’s actually possible to train yourself to slip into the zone, and as long as you go with it and don’t engage your conscious mind you can stay in it. I recommend the book "The Pleasures of Small Motions" for a billiards context. There’s probably something similar for musicians but I’m not aware of it.

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27th Aug 2018

You have to learn that we all have good and bad days. There will be time you play against a 6 who’s having a bad day when you’re on yours and you beat them. Other times you may lose to a 2. Unless you’re a pro and spending 8-12 hours a day, every day, with a coach guiding your practice you just have to come to terms with it.

I went through the same thing when I started playing a year ago. Get the book Pleasures of Small Motions: Mastering the Mental Game of Pocket Billiards https://www.amazon.com/dp/1585745391/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_SFhHBb1NNTK9J

Really helped.

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21st Sep 2016
  • Take a break. If you play every weekend, maybe take a weekend or two off. I’ve always found that I get “burnt out” when I play too much, and my interest level and motivation to play suffer dearly. I end up getting bored and frustrated, which makes me play worse, which makes me more frustrated ad nauseam.

  • Play a different game. If you mainly play 8-9 ball, try 14.1 or one-pocket. If you have access to a carom table, try playing 3-cushion (or straight billiards if 3C is too hard).

  • Play somewhere new. Go to that pool hall on the other side of town for once, see if you can drum up some action with someone new.

  • Study! I’ve learned quite alot from reading about the game and watching professional matches. For your particular issue, I’d suggest Pleasures of Small Motions, which is entirely about pool’s mental game. Someone here on /r/billiards suggested it in a thread maybe a month ago and it’s honestly one of the best books on the game that I’ve read (it’s short too).

  • Start a pool journal. This is ripped straight from the book I just suggested, but tracking your progress really is key to accurately assessing your own skill. Our egos can tell us that we’re great before we have the skills to back it up, leading to frustration. Plus, it’ll give you concrete, attainable goals to work towards (i.e. “I want to hit 5-diamond stop shots with a success rate >90%” rather than just “I wanna be better”).

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14th Feb 2022

read this book

one of the best pool and sports psych books I’ve ever read

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19th Feb 2019

What about Pleasure of Small Motions? Book specifically on the mental game of pool.

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7th Apr 2017

Pleasures of Small Motions

You’re welcome 🙂

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25th Mar 2017
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13th Dec 2016

Pleasures of Small Motions

Probably the only pool book I’ve read that not only made me a better pool player, but also a better person in general. Really a must-read.

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8th Nov 2016

Pleasure of Small Motions and A Mind for Pool helped me greatly.

Beyond that you just gotta practice playing under pressure. Play small money games or enter more tourneys. There’s no real silver bullet, just gotta get used to the heat.