These are the rules I know. (There might be more.)
- It can be found, but it cannot be forced.
- You can use it, but you cannot command it.
- You can ask it, but you cannot demand it.
- You can't hurry it. (Though if you hurry, you might accidentally find it.)
- It cannot be described, but you can recognize it.
- You cannot give it instructions.
- You can observe it, but you cannot interfere.
- The more you practice, the easier it is to find.
- The more you practice, the more it can fine-tune itself.
- The better your technique, the better it can fine-tune itself.
- Though it can work with a wide variety of techniques.
- It's of you, but not yours.
- It finds the perfect looseness for you.
- There's no one to blame, when it misses. It's just fine-tuning itself.
- No one can take credit for it, when it succeeds.
- The conscious mind cannot control it. The conscious mind is best to keep somewhere else.
- You can give commands to the conscious mind. Like for example, where to keep the focus.
- Incidentally, focusing on something is only there to keep the conscious mind from interfering.
- You need to figure out what your conscious mind should be focused on. But don't fool yourself thinking that it is you that executes The Stroke then.
- If you don't trust it, you lose it.
- When you think you've finally figured it out, consciously, you lose it.
Almost forgot the most important thing: if you manage to find The Pool Stroke, the mastery of the game has only begun.