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(D&E) Drills & Exercises (precision) - Come Back Home: CB Cross Side sets

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This progressive exercise to improve your shooting skills is in the book Drills & Exercises for Pool & Pocket Billiards.

This setup concentrates on precision cue ball control skills.

Suggestions: Start easy with 12:00 (1 tip above center). Proceed with this from slowest possible speed up through Medium 2.
When 12:00 is controlled, use 6:00 (1 tip below center). Proceed with slowest speed through Medium 2 speed.

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(FAQ) Game Rules - Chicago (rail version)

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These series of "Game Rules' provide rules of many different games for the pool table. The rules here have been simplified from the official versions - to make them a little easier to understand.

There are other games that have been invented, copyrighted and generally available to the playing public. Web searches will turn these up and the rules printed out for use.

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(AWAP) Art of War v. Art of Pool - Chapter 6 - conceal dispositions

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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

conceal your dispositions ...

(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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(H&S) Hustles & Sharks - Consoling

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Learn how to Beat the Sharks

Somewhere, someplace, maybe in an alternate universe, there is a book entitled "The Correct Behavior of Bad Sportsmanship". If there was such a book, there would be a section that talks about proper behavior of a player when his competitor suffers a massive reversal of fortune. In that section would be recommendations for proper decorum of competitors, spectators, and friends. These gamesmanship responses to the player's tragedy would range from unsympathetic observations to expressions of heartfelt sorrow for the poor suffering victim. Continue reading

(BSC) Billiard Skills Challenge - OB Speed Control (straight), cross side (Intermediate) Test Group

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Billiards Skills Competition Training Program

Here is Today's Test Group Challenge from the book. This progressive set develops personal confidence when similar shots come up during competition - and define Comfort Zone limitations.

PURPOSE:  From the setup, shoot Cue Ball into Object Ball and roll the Object Ball into the target zone.

This is the Object Ball Speed Control (straight), cross side (Intermediate ) Test Group . There is also an Advanced Test Group. Continue reading

(FAQ) Game Rules - Cowboy Billiards

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These series of "Game Rules' provide rules of many different games for the pool table. The rules here have been simplified from the official versions - to make them a little easier to understand.

There are other games that have been invented, copyrighted and generally available to the playing public. Web searches will turn these up and the rules printed out for use.

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