Originally Posted by fL4k3
I think you can study too much.. I'm not much into the poker books , but i like FTP academy. It seems like the more i learn about poker, the worse i play. You can't play someone else's game , you have to play your own
While technically you have a point, typically when someone is unhappy with their game (unless they're just a perfectionist), it's because they have a lot of room for improvement. In other words, "their own game" isn't good enough. Improving means doing things differently, which means stepping out of your comfort zone. It's normal in anything.
I'm an obsessive personality that tries to excel at anything I take on. I've played pool for about 30 years, competitively and recreationally, and was as much or more a student of that game as I am with poker. I once hired a well-known coach in pro circles to come to my home and work with me all day on the table, videotaping the entire session, and it's one of the best investments I made -- however it sucked making some of the changes, and required a lot of practice, during which my game tanked. It takes awhile to get comfortable with change, even when it's positive change, and get your confidence up.
So yes, while you must "play your own game," you must also realize when it's time to step things up and step out of your comfort zone, otherwise "your game" will never change and improve.
Also, for poker you have to consider variance -- just because you're seeing a short-term downswing doesn't always mean your game is in dire straights. It might just be the inevitable variance, so don't go changing what you're doing right
just because of it.