Author Archives: AllanSand

(FAQ) What is a pre-shot routine?

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Every player uses some kind of pre-shot routine for every shot. For some players, it is as short as a glance at the table, a bend down for the shot, a practice stroke (or two), and a strong forward thrust into the cue ball - no thought, no attention to detail. Continue reading

(AWAP) Art of War v. Art of Pool - Chapter 13 - use the highest intelligence

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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.

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Chapter 13 - Use of spies

Hence it is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence ...

(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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(CBC) Cue Ball Control (half table patterns) - Group 5, Set 6

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: 10:30, Medium 1 speed.
  • Cheat: 12:00, Soft 2 speed.
    6:00, Soft 3 speed

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(FAQ) What is the purpose of defensive shots?

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How many times has this happened to you? You come to the table with a difficult shot. You are two balls away from winning – IF you can make this ball. Your mind believes that the chances of success are 50%. In reality, you couldn’t make the shot even once in 10 tries. Continue reading