This is the biggie for us… The benefits of the game that we have been sub-consiously enjoying for years have now caught the attention of the scientists who have proven the link between the skills you develop playing pool and those needed in life.
For example, a game of pool requires and fosters great focus and concentration if you are to out-play your opponent: hitting your target depends on the cue angle, the direction of travel of the ball once hit, and the effects if that ball hits another, all of which must be weighted up before taking a shot. In executing a good shot that pots balls and strengthens your position for the next shot you are strategising, problem-solving, visualising and improvising on the fly in response to the many and various table layouts that each break brings. This is phenomenal brain training!
While smartphones, apps, and computer games capitalise on and encourage a short attention span and constant need for stimulus, pool encourages us all to play the long game thoughtfully and rewards those who do with success.
These benefits are of massive significance to all. Yet our children, who we particularly encourage to think creatively and intelligently, get little exposure to the game since most public tables are located in pubs. The only way to foster a love for the game and take advantage of these brain-growing benefits is to get a pool table for your home.