Melissa “The Viper” Little has been a WPBA Touring Professional for over 10-years, she has represented the USA in Four WPA World Championships and has over 18 Top-10 WPBA Career Finishes. Melissa is currently the house-pro at the Wynkoop Brewing Company located in Downtown Denver. She teaches monthly clinics, give private lessons, and has created a juniors program that promotes the local youth in our sport.
”I’ve recently hit a wall as far as improving my game. Do you have any advice on how to take my game to the next level (i.e.: books, drills) and what’s your opinion on private lessons?”
Everyone’s learning curve is different- but it seems like eventually all players hit some sort of plateau. My advice is to always be a student of the game and to be open-minded on advice. Sometimes you can learn the smallest thing from some random person that helped you immensely. If you can learn something new everyday-your game will elevate quickly.
When I was younger a lot of different people helped me with my game. Mostly guys friends in the poolroom, and when people noticed I had some natural talent everyone wanted to put there two-cents in. I am very grateful to EVERYONE that helped me get to where I am today. Eventually, I had a great player come out of retirement to help me get to the next level and the others stepped aside to watch my progress and patiently wait for me to win the big one.
Pool is like an investment- I recommend reading books, magazines, player’s blogs, and invest in private lessons from a professional. Take a moment to explore all of your possibilities- if you see a professional that inspires you, and then ask if they offer lessons. Over the years I have given hundreds of lessons and down the road they have come back and said how much I made a difference in their games.
When people share information, listen to them. Its up to you to take what they have to offer and use it and its also your choice to throw it away, but give them the respect of listening. You never know, it might a great piece of information that you could use in the future?
Most importantly, I can give you all the advice to improve but it is up to you to use that information and transform your own game. Practice everyday that you can and believe me it is a necessity for improvement. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and practice. Practice makes perfect, and preparation brings bliss!!
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