Melissa “The Viper” Little has been a WPBA Touring Professional for over 10-years, she has represented the USA in Four WPA World Championships, is the current USA Bar Table Champion for 8-Ball and 9-Ball and has over 20 top-10 WPBA career finishes. Melissa is the house-pro at the Wynkoop Brewing Company located in Downtown Denver and is sponsored by The Wynkoop, Jacoby Custom Cues and The Colorado Cue Times. She teaches monthly clinics, gives private lessons, and has created a juniors program that promotes billiards education to the local youth. For more information about Melissa please visit: www.melissalittle.com
“I’ve got a job that keeps me really busy and I only get to play pool in a league once a week. So when it’s time for me to play, my nerves are on high and I just need to settle down. What’s your opinion of having a couple beers beforehand?”
So funny that you ask that question, because a lot of people believe that the nervousness of competition should promote the use of alcohol. I really DON’T think people should drink before or during pool matches. But, afterward is another story.
If you drink all the time then maybe you’re used to adding alcohol to your pressure situations. But in the long run it will hurt your game
Realize, that feeling pressure is a good thing and it means that you’re alive. Everyone feels pressure and it is essential that people learn to deal with pressure situations sober. There are plenty of resources that teach sports athletes how to manage pressure.
Players need to realize that pool is a sport and not just a game. You would never see Michael Phelps drink beer/ shots just before jumping into the swimming pool? The more players that take this sport seriously the better chance we have to becoming a nationally recognized sport.
So celebrate your victories or despairs afterward- not before or during competitions
Best of luck to you, Viper
If you have a question for “The Viper” please e-mail them to Melissa Little at Melissa@melissalittle.com