Re: Coding under the influence
Have been on both sides of that equation too often.
I found that one of the best ways to get past the black ball jitters was to live in the moment. The last shot doesn't matter, the next shot doesn't matter (except the need to gain the right cue ball position), the current shot is all. And even then it's just a shot .... something I've done thousands of time before. When I could do this I won way more games than I lost, some of which I had no right to win at all.
The downside to getting into the moment is that you can easily lose the enjoyment of actually playing the game well. Each shot is forgotten the instant it's over, and in the end all you have is the satisfaction of shaking your opponent's hand.