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Pool Synergy Volume 10 “Support”


Before we begin all of the scholarly deliciousness of this month’s pool synergy I just want to take a moment to say thank you to a few people. First and foremost to John Biddle who got me started here in this incredible initiative. I would also especially like thank everyone who has submitted articles up to this point and most importantly to the people who submitted this month. Unfortunately our NY friends Jerry T Alison Fischer and G Squared Gail Glazebrook will not be able to submit and their literary presence will be sorely missed. And Now On To The Good Stuff !!

This month we have a a great topic in the form of “Support”. This of course can mean friends and family, mentors and teachers, sponsors etc. Anyone or anything that you found to be helpful in your game. I find this topic to be relevant within my own life as I have  a massive support structure. I know when choosing pool or cue sports as a path it is normally the path less traveled and people can scoff or not understand our motives or reasoning. But for those that do understand and lend their knowledge, their love, and most importantly their support it can be something special and I think you all know what I mean.

First up this month is a guest writer, Steve Kurtz. A straight pool aficionado and player Steve brings many insights from his own life into his article. Though short and sweet for his first time out of the box I felt it was a good introduction to Steve as his article mimics his own demeanor which can be soft spoken at times. Though he may appear to be mild mannered and quiet he is a force to be reckoned with on the table and know the game inside and out.

You can view his post below this article as I am guest hosting him this month.

Markus Hofstaetter is an accomplished pool player, writer, and of course photographer. His images regarding pool and billiards have been a massive inspiration to myself and many others as we trek across this incredible landscape that is cue sports as a whole.

You can view his article here http://appb.markus-hofstaetter.at/2010/08/support/

Next up a woman who needs no introduction, the lovely Samm Diep. I had the pleasure of spending some time with Samm at the 2010 Super Billiards Expo and let me tell you folks you will be hard pressed to find someone as genuine and caring as Samm. I can still hear her yelling at me to get some sleep. Of course that was right after she robbed me for five dollars at scotch straight pool though lol. In her article this month Samm reflects on her loyal sponsors and supporters and how grateful she is to have them. She asks that to support her you support them as well. Her article can be viewed here http://www.pooltipjar.com/2010/08/support-poolsynergy/

(Photo Courtesy of Anne Craig from Melinda’s Blog)

Ladies and gentleman, the one, the only, MELINDA – AKATRIGGER as she is more commonly known on the AZBilliards Forums. Rumored to be married to Jay Helfert with 17 children running around Melinda’s article this month is about finding support when you didnt think any was there. Like you all I always look forward to reading anything from Melinda and this article is no exception which can be seen here http://pooljourney.blogspot.com/2010/08/august-2010-poolsynergy-support.html

This photo of course of our next writer does them no justice I simply couldn’t find a picture of Poolriah!! When asked for a summary of his article for the month this is what he had to say. “my support system is made up of my friend, various players i’ve encountered, pool on tv, and the internet.  i’ve learned, and continue to learn, about pool through this support system”. I look forward to reading and hope you all will as well. The article can read here http://wp.me/pzxjZ-xS

When asked to give a description of his article for this month’s edition Mr. Dyer got back to me with an awesome idea that I truly look forward to reading. Like everything else in life history always plays a roll and Billiards is no stranger to its fair share of history and stories.

“Instead of writing about someone who supports me, I’m writing about the wing man of the great nine-ball player, Wimpy Lassiter. That’s person was named Don Willis, a native of Ohio. Willis and Lassiter spent 15 years on the road together. Lassiter became famous at the Johnston City tournaments and is revered today as one of the greatest ever of our sport. Willis was a behind-the-scenes road player, but still one of the most difficult to beat in the nation. In fact, the Lassiter and Willis partnership grew out of a startling defeat that Willis pasted on Lassiter sometime after World War II.”

His story can be read here http://untoldstoriesbilliardshistory.blogspot.com/2010/08/pool-synergy-10-don-cincinnati-kid.html

This month our fearless leader John Biddle told me when asked for a summary that as a serious recreational player his support system is himself. “I’ll be writing that my support is just myself.  I have no trainer, coach, training partner or other person that I work with.  I’m self taught, mainly through books and many games with better players.  I have taken a very few short group lessons, but nothing steady.  My deep love of the game and my competitive nature are the drivers, but my lack of progress lately, combined with issues in my non-pool life that have taken my eye off the game are getting in the way, so I struggle”.

His article can be seen here http://www.poolstudent.com/2010/08/15/my-support-system/

Mike Fieldhammer’s article this month shows us the value of team support. I know playing for an APA Team the value of this support. In my opinion this is one of the best kinds of support as it can rally a team or an individual player to play their best matches possible. It makes them feel supported and confident and capable of anything they set their mind to. I am extremely happy Mike chose this sub section of support as it truly shows what our sport should be all about, that you can be competitive while still having a good natured demeanor and team oriented values.

You can see his article here http://www.billiardcoach.com/home/2010/08/15/team-support

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August 15, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Steve Kurtz Guest Writer for Pool Synergy Volume 10 “Support”

(Photo Courtesy of Charles Eames CME-IMAGES)

Support

By Steve Kurtz

Over the years of playing pool I have always had a very strong support group, first and foremost I had very positive Support from my Mother & Father. Many a night Mom would wait up for me, just to hear all the stories I had for her from that night of play. Whether it be a tournament or just friendly play, mom just loved to hear about my progress in the game that I loved. The same goes for my Father, Dad would love to watch me play. I would often bring home videos that I had recorded of myself practicing, Dad being an old school pool player himself would be able to call out my end patterns in straight pool before I even got to the table. It always felt good to me that a could actually play an old school style of game that he could recognize from yesteryear, one that I have always told myself that I wish I could.

Since Mom & Dad have passed I no longer have their support, although I always will inside my heart. What I do have is the support of my beautiful wife Heather, and Best Friend and Brother Charles Eames. The both of them give me the push that I need to bring it to the next level, especially from Charlie. He keeps me on the top of my game, because if I back off not only will he recognize it, but he will sure capitalize on it when it’s his turn at the table.

I try to be supportive of all of my friends, and aspiring pool players. I believe that is that which keeps the game growing through the generations. There is nothing wrong with giving someone a pat on the back, and telling them “Good Game” or “You Played That Perfect”. It is at that point you will start to feel better about yourself, better yourself, and without a doubt better the sport.

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