The_Abbott wrote:I need a drink to play better. I have no idea why. I would probably beat Judd after 20 pints going by that logic.
Does a drink or two stop you from overthinking and lets you play more instinctively?
I used to drink beer, rather a lot of beer, and I did have the timetable down to reach the appropriate amount for a good game of snooker. Generally, two beers (admittedly, cheap American, 12 oz. cans) before the first frame was out, then gradually taper consumption as the match continued. Mid-game, I would begin to re-hydrate with green tea and cut off the beer completely about 90 minutes before finish. So this would be about 4 to 5 beers for a four hour session.
I began to look pregnant, was drinking too much to be healthy so I have slowed that trend a lot. I have gone to red wine now and consume far less, both in alcohol content and calories. But I do believe the "right" amount of alcohol helps my game.
SnookerFan, I believe your assessment is probably correct. Like so many of the less athletic "technical" sports, snooker is mostly a mind game. The great Arnold Palmer said of golf, ""Golf is a game of inches. The most important are the six inches between your ears," and the same can be said of snooker. To succeed is all about confidence. Many believe that snooker is an intellectual game, "Chess with balls" is the phrase. I disagree; many, if not most, of the best players are not exactly Einsteins. I often say that one's brain generally gets in the way.
So I believe alcohol smooths out the rough edges of doubt and relieves inhibition as it does in so many respects. Obviously, relieving too much inhibition wouldn't be a good thing, but I do believe my confidence level improves with the right balance. I also believe my confidence level has gone up as I have gotten older and wiser. Thankfully meaning less alcohol needed to play my best game. I have never understood the players who say they played much better in their 20's than their 40's. The CO92's longevity doesn't surprise me in the least. I was so stupid when I was younger; my self-confidence today is so much higher. Despite the failing eyesight, bad back, and wobbly knees, I play a much better game today than ever before. Rang in the New Year with a nice half century.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7nbmjkImHQ