Indians need to be more aggressive, says Dacer

This is the first time a foreign coach has been recruited by Billiards and Snooker Federation of India and the Filipino said he will not hesitate to take out-of-the-box ways like yoga and meditation to improve the standard of the players.

“Indians are not good at handling pressure situations. Suppose they are 0-3 down in best of seven frames, often they get nervous and lack concentration which eventually results in their defeat. There were many instances where opponents came from behind and won the match 4-3. Indians need to develop that thing,” Dacer said.

“Yoga and meditation - these are the two things which I am looking at. These will help to sharpen their skill and concentration power. Indians are not so good at scoring breaks on the table with power. My first step would be to train them on how to score a break,” he added.

Dacer reached Bangalore on Monday night and will oversee the camp at Karnataka State Billiards Association hall until September 2. Dacer feels that the Indian pool players should first change their style of play and be more aggressive in their approach. “In Philippines, 9-Ball players are very aggressive. They play on the table very fast. That’s what I am looking in the Indians,” he said. With the Asian Games fast approaching, the former German Open 9-Ball champion thinks that Indians need to quickly get their acts together in order to perform well in China. “They need to improve their movement around the table and put the chalk regularly to their cue. Don’t pot the ball in a hurry. Don’t mind the scoreline. Take your time, take a big breathe. Don’t get pressurised, eye tour shot and play,” the 60-year-old advised. “Eye exercise or sighting is  very important. When you bow, look at the object. Just be clear about it.”

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