5-Yr-Old Pool Prodigy

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KEITH O'DELL SR.: Pool is a huge part of our lives. Everybody in our family plays. Our
pool table takes up the biggest room in the house and we have a storage unit that's full
of furniture that we don't use because we don't have room for it .
GRANDFATHER: We get together every week to shoot pool. My dad shot pool his whole life,
her dad shot pool. All three of our kids got into it and now our grandson.
KEITH O'DELL SR.: I would play 100, 200, 300 racks of 9-Ball every day. Junior...I just
put him in the highchair and he would be one hand with the Cheerios and the other hand
with the sippy cup and he'd watch me play pool all day.
COURTNEY O'DELL: That was his form of watching the baby while I was at work.
KEITH O'DELL SR.:This pool table here is the original and very old Keith Jr. pool table.
And this kid started making shots and pocketing balls like you would not believe.
GRANDFATHER: The game's about physics and geometry basically.
GRANDMOTHER: You either see the shot or you don't.
GRANDFATHER: You need to be able to see the angles on the table. You need to be able to
tell how hard to hit it and how fast the ball is going to move after you hit it.
GRANDMOTHER: And for such a young little boy, he can do it.
KEITH O'DELL SR.: I put this video up on YouTube and it was picked up by a local news station.
COURTNEY O'DELL: It went up. The news station came out the next day and filmed.
COURNEY O'DELL: Pool is much more of a daddy Keith thing.
KEITH O'DELL SR.: What's the matter? Your pants coming down?
KEITH O'DELL SR.: I'll help ya. Just slow it down a little, okay? 1, 2, 3.
KEITH O'DELL SR.: What didn't you do?
KEITH O'DELL JR.: Didn't do 1, 2, 3.
KEITH O'DELL SR.: 1, 2, 3 and you have to hit it harder to get into the pocket, right?
KEITH O'DELL SR.: I try to get him focused. Slow down. Concentrate. Me and Keith since
he's been 2 years old we've been playing pool together. And my job is to keep him going.
Keep it fun, keep it interesting.
KEITH O'DELL JR.: Hey, remember that one that I keep shooting to hit the four balls?
KEITH O'DELL JR.: I like that.
KEITH O'DELL SR.: I saw that Keith Jr. had this talent and I saw that there was money
to be made here. And college these days is really really expensive and I want Keith to
go to college and I believe he should. It's really important to me to utilize the talent
that he's been given and do something positive with it. Helping a cue company sell cues or
a piece of chalk, that could put him through college.
KEITH O'DELL SR.: Almost. You're getting there. Easy.
KEITH O'DELL JR.: I wanna go play.
KEITH O'DELL SR.: He's 5 so sometimes he gets frustrated.
KEITH O'DELL SR.: Take a break. Take a break.
COURTNEY: Whether Keith wants to play pool for the rest of his life or not, we will support
him in anything he wants to do.
KEITH O'DELL SR.: If you can see this ball doesn't really go in there very easily and
he jumps it um..from about 5 feet away. It's definitely one of the hardest shots in the
world. There's a professional pool played named Mike Massey who used to use a cowboy
boot with a big opening..um..and it was a huge deal that he made that. And we have our
5-year-old making a ball in a shoe that is like 6 times smaller.
KEITH O'DELL SR.: Go ahead. Go ahead. Woah. [Laughs]
KEITH O'DELL SR.: I'm gonna wait until he's 8 or 9 until I allow him to compete. He needs
time to enjoy the game and then he can decide whether if he wants to be competitive or not.
KEITH O'DELL SR.: You're almost there. Get it.
KEITH O'DELL SR.: There's no question. Keith was born to play pool.
KEITH O'DELL JR.: I made it in the shoe!
KIETH O'DELL SR.: A little bit of work on the table could change his entire life.