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(FAQ) How can your shooting game go wrong?

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When your shooting game goes off into failure-land and your shooting results begin to significantly deviate from your intentions, something has gotten out of kilter – usually your fundamentals. The problem is – how long does it take before you notice that something is wrong and take corrective action? Generally, by the time you do wake up, the game count is tough. You might recover – but the struggle to win becomes a low probability proposition. Continue reading

(AWAP) Art of War v. Art of Pool - Chapter 6 - holding out advantages

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At it's most basic, the pool table is a small battlefield. An excerpt from "The Art of War" is provided with how it applies to the competition between opponents.

This segment is from:

Chapter 6 - Weakness and strength

By holding out advantages to him, he can cause the enemy to approach ...

(If this is the first post you've seen, read the AWAP Introduction & instructions post.)

This information considers how battlefield strategies and tactics can be used to win more games. If this seems interesting, read these AWAP posts.

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(S&D) Safety & Defense - Cue Ball Management Exercises - Draw Control

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Safety Toolbox (Advanced)

(This is today's bit of advice from the book Safety Toolbox.)

This can require the most work in learning cue ball control. It will provide the greatest rewards. (If you play straight pool, this dramatically increases your run average.)

Cue Ball Management - Connections to make the Cue Ball Draw (reverse spin)

Cue Ball Management - Draw (reverse spin)

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(CBC) Cue Ball Control (full table patterns) - Group 7, Set 7

Cue Ball Control Cheat Sheets

This is today's set of Cue Ball Cheats. These practice setups (and others in the book and blog) help you learn HOW to apply an exact speed and spin. That precision is how to get perfect shape on the second ball - and how to string a run together. For these layouts here are the Cheats for this post:

  • Cheat: 1:30, (1/2 ball hit), Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, (1/2 ball hit), Medium 2 speed.
    7:30, (1/2 ball hit), Medium 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 9:00, Soft 3 speed.

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(FAQ) What happens when you apply English (side-spin) to the cue ball?

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English is side spin that the cue tip applies to the cue ball on contact. It can occur only if you hit the cue ball on the left or right side of the vertical center line. FYI, contacting the cue ball on the center vertical line is NOT English. And another FYI, English (British) players call this “side”. My preference is to call it “side spin”. The term is more accurate. If you are talking with any player influenced by the former British Empire (England, Canada, Ireland, India, Australia etc.) the use of “side spin” won’t cause confusion. (It also makes sense to any player anywhere on the planet.) Continue reading

(AWAP) Art of War v. Art of Pool - Chapter 5 - deceitful appearances

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At it's most basic, the pool table is a small battlefield. An excerpt from "The Art of War" is provided with how it applies to the competition between opponents.

This segment is from:

Chapter 5 - Energy

Thus one who is skillful at keeping the enemy on the move maintains deceitful appearances, ...

(If this is the first post you've seen, read the AWAP Introduction & instructions post.)

This information considers how battlefield strategies and tactics can be used to win more games. If this seems interesting, read these AWAP posts.

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(TML) Table Map Library - Q1 to A9 short

For information on the Table Map Library, how it works and how the information was researched - read "Table Map Library - Introduction"

CB location (Q1), Target Diamond (A9 short)

Practice this TML pattern on your table until each one becomes a known and trustworthy shot. Continue reading

(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) - Group 6, Set 1

Cue Ball Control Cheat Sheets

This is today's set of Cue Ball Cheats. These practice setups (and others in the book and blog) help you learn HOW to apply an exact speed and spin. That precision is how to get perfect shape on the second ball - and how to string a run together. For these layouts here are the Cheats for this post:

  • Cheat: 12:00, Soft 2 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: Stun, Medium 1 speed.
    6:00, Medium 2 speed.
  • Cheat: Stun, Medium 2 speed.

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