Some people find it too boring to do drills or other forms of progressive practice. They wind up just throwing out a rack of balls onto the table and just banging them into pockets. While I don’t want to encourage any of you to do this, I realize that many will continue to do it, at least some of the time, and I want to make some suggestions that will help you get much more out of your ball banging.
Learning pool is like learning any other complex skill, the piano for example; you need to practice. Even the very best, most skillful players got that way with disciplined practice. And not only did the greats use practice to become great, they still use it to stay at the top of their games and to improve any weaknesses that might keep them from being the best.