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Snooker, One Particularly Unusual Game (part 2)
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Snooker, One Particularly Unusual Game (part 2)

With Mick and Dud downstairs at the bar, Pete took his turn gaining himself four more points by potting a red and then a green but missing the next red. It was my turn.

Feeling lousy as hell from a late night, a hangover and a feverish head-cold, I took aim at a red ball, some ten feet away down the long table, already conceding the game mentally. The cue ball travelled slowly towards the red, glanced it and sent it into the left-hand corner pocket, some 18 inches from where it had been standing. Just lucky, I thought to myself.

Then I potted a blue, followed by another red, followed by a brown. Dazed by my success, I missed the next red but had added a further 10 points to our score.

As Mick and Dud had obviously been delayed at the now crowded bar, Pete took Dud’s turn and missed an easy red, probably stunned by my sudden change in performance.

Taking Mick’s turn, I jumped on the easy red and then potted another colour, can’t remember the details from this point. It was like a blur. What was really baffling was that some of my pots were not easy ones, some were long distance and would have required the skills of a professional to undertake.

Suffice to say that by the time Mick and Dud had returned with our drinks, I had, in between bouts of sneezing and nose blowing, cleared the table of reds and was now working my way through the order of colour balls. I was astounded; it was like being possessed by the spirit of the great Alex “Hurricane” Higgins, a world champion at this time.

Mick and Dud were incredulous as they looked at the scoreboard. Dud took his turn and potted a few, equalling up their lost lead that I had so amazingly demolished in what must have amounted to about ten minutes of their absence from the game.

Now the pressure was on.

Having missed his pot, Mick gave the table over to Pete, who potted the blue but missed the penultimate pink ball.

In order to win this game, I calculated, in my fuzzy state, that I simply had to pot this pink and then the black. This I did without even thinking about it. I had won by two clear points!

As Pete and Dud stared at one another in sheer disbelief, Mick gave me a wide grin and words of congratulations and we headed back down to the bar to celebrate this strange turn of events.

I remember reading an article in the Reader’s Digest about this phenomenon and I had experienced it sometimes on a tennis court, but nothing had ever come close to this strange baffling wonder on the snooker table that summer lunchtime. Needless to say, this story was the “talk” of the club for some years afterwards.

If anyone has had this happen to themselves or can offer an explanation, I would be grateful for your comments.

And if you have been, thanks for reading.


Street Talk

Hi Tim, no I'm useless on hangovers these days.

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  about 7 years ago

Just goes to show you that you can do more than you think you can, I am sure we all can, hung over or not.....maybe that is the solution...lol....

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  about 7 years ago
Golfspice  

What a coincidence your story is for me. I had a very similar experience just three weeks ago when invited to a friend's house to play snooker. It was more ten years since I had last played, though I did love the game as a teenager (much more than ten years ago). It was mini reunion and it was the early hours of the morning (way past normal bedtime) and one or two drink had been had. I potted the blue, pink and black with three long shots to win a game by 1 point and then stayed undefeated all evening. I put it down to instinct and misspent youth. I have often considered this phenomenon, particularly on the golf course when standing over a three foot putt. I know I should not miss but often do, yet throw me a football (soccer ball) and instinctively I know I can control it, without thought. There is no fear of failure consciously or subconsciously. As hard as I try I cannot develop that same feel, touch and instinct on the golf course. Is it an age thing?

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  about 7 years ago

That's very interesting, and is it an age thing? Perhaps.

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  about 7 years ago

I have found that being overly tired can actually make you more focused. funny, but true.

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  about 7 years ago

Yes Shawn, there's something in that!

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  about 7 years ago

I have done the same. I played my best nine holes of golf after a few to many beers. (39 for nine) Everything I hit went where it should. Even a blind pig finds an acorn once in a while. Liked and shared

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  about 7 years ago

Thanks John.

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  about 7 years ago

Great conclusion... had me wondering what was to come, but had a suspicion that you were going to pull it off... found myself, that many a time, not only in snooker but golf as well... over analysing every shot ends up in a miss or miss hit.. I think sometimes a close the eyes and shoot attitude can also work wonders...

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  about 7 years ago

Just a case of letting go Rob.

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  about 7 years ago
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